Wednesday | 09 Dec 2020

Hyundai names Sordo and Breen in 2021 line-up

Dani Sordo and Craig Breen will share Hyundai Motorsport’s third i20 World Rally Car in the 2021 FIA World Rally Championship.

With Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak already contracted for next season, it was widely expected that Sordo and Breen (above) would be confirmed in the car that was driven by the two of them, as well as Sébastien Loeb, this year.

Sordo will extend his collaboration with the team into an eighth season. He played a key role in Hyundai’s manufacturers’ championship success with a second consecutive win at Rally Italia Sardegna in October.

The Spaniard is likely to be paired with a new co-driver, as current partner Carlos Del Barrio is expected to link up with Fabrizio Zaldivar next season. The experienced Sara Fernández, who has worked with European Championship regular Efrén Llarena since 2016, is tipped to replace him.

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Sordo will begin his 2021 campaign at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo. Breen, who tackled two WRC events this year, will start at the second round in Sweden.

“To have the opportunity to compete on the stages of the World Rally Championship with Hyundai Motorsport has genuinely been a dream come true for me,” said Irishman Breen (below).

“Although I have joined the team in occasional rallies since 2018, this year we were really able to demonstrate our potential, with second place in Estonia.

“It gives us something exciting from which we can build. The team has placed its faith in myself and Paul (co-driver Nagle) to deliver more of these results in 2021.”

Sordo said: “I have said before that Hyundai Motorsport is like a family to me, and that has never been clearer than during 2020. We have had a challenging year, but we have supported each other through it all.

“I am fortunate to have been part of this team since the very start and we continue to grow each year. Securing my second WRC win with the team in Sardinia, repeating what we achieved in 2019, was a great example of how we can continue to be successful together.”

Team principal Andrea Adamo said consistency was key as the team aimed to build on back-to-back titles.

“All four drivers have shown their speed and commitment this year, with victories and podiums to support our title fight.

“Our crews offer the perfect blend of experience and hunger for our 2021 title hopes, both in the manufacturers’ and drivers’, and we are pleased to have them in our organisation,” he added.