The Hyundai i20 WRC new generation makes its debut at the Rally Monte carlo. After 8,000 kilometres of testing, the new World Rally Car is ready for action and, more importantly, to overcome its first test. Although the ‘Monte’ is a test filled with quirks in the weather, the snow and ice can be a determining factor, this appointment will be a first idea of the level at which is located the new i20 WRC. The Korean company has put all the meat on the grill to develop a World Rally Car for a single season.
according To the policy of Hyundai going to rotate their pilots, in each test, we can see a different alignment. In the case of the Rally of Monte-carlo, Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo will be in the first team. The belgian faces his sixth ‘Mount’, although only managed to score in the edition of 2015: “The Monte carlo Rally is a test exciting, and it’s a pleasure to compete in it, although it is not always easy for the drivers. We have tested the i20 WRC new generation and we are pleased with their performance. The car shows an improvement no doubt in all areas and it certainly seems to be to the point”.
After his fifth position in 2015, Thierry Neuville is expected to be competitive and keep away the ghosts that have accompanied him in recent months. The belgian at least shows ambitious: “I look forward to this debut, although we will have to wait to run a few stages before you can truly appreciate where we are in relation to our experienced rivals. Along with my renewed focus of the rally this year, I hope that we can have a good performance over the four days. we will Use all our experience to fight for the podium and to set our intentions for this temporada”.
Dani Sordo also share this illusion. The Spanish rider has a long experience in the Monte carlo Rally, which has led him to compete in up to eight times for their sections. The second position added with Citroën in 2007 and the third position achieved in 2013 are his best results: “I Am wanting to start the race in Monte carlo, the first rally of the new season and the debut of our i20 WRC new generation. this Is a test challenging, an event unique and unpredictable, what makes it really special. As a test, is the best way to start the new year”.
the start of the new season represents a great challenge for Dani Sordo, any time that Hyundai Motorsport has extended its confidence in the pilot cantabrian. However, the Spanish closed the last season at a good level: “The new car is fabulous to drive , at least by what we have seen in the test. I look forward to see how it carries on the legendary stages of Monte carlo. last year I finished in the sixth position, so this year I hope to improve it, but we all know that in Monte carlo anything can happen”.
Hayden Paddon is the third horseman of Hyundai in Monte carlo and as an exceptional measure, it will compete with a unit of the Hyundai i20 WRC for 2015: “I’ve seen and heard a lot about the Monte carlo Rally, so I’m thrilled to run here. Correremos with the old car in our debut in the ‘Monte’, something that will be helpful to learn the stages. It is one of the most challenging on the calendar, so the old car will help us to adapt. I’m thrilled to be part of the Hyundai Motorsport for the season 2016″.