Martijn Wydaeghe

Since joining the WRC's top flight in 2021, Wydaeghe has become one of the key title protagonists alongside Hyundai Motorsport star Thierry Neuville.

Date of birth
Thierry Neuville
First WRC rally
2013, Rallye de France
First WRC stage win
2021, Rallye Monte-Carlo SS10
WRC stage wins
First WRC podium
2021, Rallye Monte-Carlo
WRC podiums
First WRC win
2021, Ypres Rally Belgium
WRC wins
First WRC Wolf Power Stage win
2021, Rally Italia Sardegna
WRC Wolf Power Stage wins
Best overall WRC season result
3rd (2021-23)

An emerging co-driver, Wydaeghe began his rallying career as a teenager in 2012 and partnered various drivers, including his brother Jeroen, on Belgian rallies. It didn’t take long for him to rise up the ranks and he made his FIA World Rally Championship debut at Rally de France Alsace the following year, guiding Philip Cracco to 22nd in a Ford Fiesta R5.

Further experience gained co-driving for Belgian star Freddy Loix on tests in 2014 helped Wydaeghe secure a seat with Mats van den Brand in the Junior WRC for 2015. Their best result was third in Germany.

Wydaeghe’s performances earned him a contract with Hyundai Motorsport to partner Korean development driver Chewon Lim at a number of international events in 2016 and 2017. He then joined forces with Guillaume de Mévius for 2018 as part of the RACB National Team, before gaining more experience with Hyundai in 2019 when he partnered Craig Breen at the Monza Rally Show.

However, Wydaeghe’s big chance came less than a week before the start of the 2021 season at Rallye Monte-Carlo when he was called up to co-drive for Thierry Neuville in a Hyundai i20 World Rally Car. After finishing third in Monte-Carlo, Wydaeghe continued his partnership with Neuville. They claimed five podiums plus two wins over the year, one of which came during their home round in Belgium.

Two more victories in 2022 followed, with the pair claiming third in the championship. 2023 delivered a further two victories and another third-place championship result, but Wydaeghe and Neuville are more eager than ever to claim their maiden WRC titles together with Hyundai Motorsport in 2024.

Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 8:30:00 AM
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 9:30:00 AM