Hyundai Shell World Rally Team revealed its full team line-up at a special launch in Germany. The event marked the latest important step as the manufacturer gears up for its debut in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship at Monte Carlo next month.
Thierry Neuville made his first public appearance in Hyundai Motorsport colours as the team’s lead driver at the launch. The Belgian joins from M-Sport after an impressive runner-up result behind the unstoppable Sebastien Ogier in the WRC this year.
It was also announced that Dani Sordo, Juho Hänninen and Chris Atkinson will all drive the Hyundai i20 WRC 2014 during the season, with Sordo running alongside Neuville in Monte-Carlo.
“I am really excited at the prospect of helping Hyundai Motorsport to integrate itself into the tough WRC environment,” said Thierry Neuville. “It is an honour to be representing a manufacturer like Hyundai Motor Company but also to have the extra responsibility of leading the team in our first season.”
Dani Sordo, winner of the 2013 Rallye Deutschland, commented: “I am very happy to be part of this exciting Hyundai WRC project. I am looking forward to bringing my years of WRC experience to the team in its debut season and to take part in Rallye Monte-Carlo, the first event.”
Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will be out to pick up some early points in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship when Neuville and Sordo race in Monte Carlo next month.