Hyundai Motorsport started their 2015 WRC campaign with new partners and new drivers. At some points during this season we should also see them debut a new car, hopefully with more raw pace on board. Today Hyundai revealed more information about their second team, featuring Hayden Paddon and John Kennard in third i20 WRC. Paddon and Kennard will join the WRC caravan in Sweden and from then on will compete in all remaining rounds. The big news here is the arrival of fourth car (until now I figured third car would be shared between Paddon and Kevin Abbring). Fourth i20 WRC will take part in at least four rounds this year, featuring Kevin Abrring and Seb Marshall on board.
Official Hyundai’s release follows below.
Hyundai Motorsport reveals Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team
Hyundai Motorsport has revealed that Hyundai Mobis will be the primary partner for its second team, the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team, as it prepares to run a third car at all rounds from Rally Sweden next month under the Hyundai Motorsport N entry.
Hayden Paddon will take part in his debut WRC event of the WRC in Sweden with the #20 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driven by compatriot John Kennard, and will lead the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team at all remaining rounds.
The team’s official Test Driver Kevin Abbring will also take part in at least four WRC rounds for the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team during 2015 in a fourth car.
Despite rallying with two separate team names in 2015 – as indeed was the case last season – Hyundai Motorsport will manage all cars concurrently from the same multi-purpose operational base in the service park, and with the same skilled team of engineers and mechanics.
Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul) and Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC, co-driver Marc Martí) will both continue to represent the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, as they did at the season opener in Monte-Carlo.
Team Principal Michel Nandan said: “We are pleased to name Hyundai Mobis as the primary partner for our second team, the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team, as we prepare to run three cars from Rally Sweden. The new team will be headed up by Hayden Paddon and will run in parallel to the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team for the rest of the 2015 season. We are also delighted to give our test driver Kevin the chance to take part in some WRC events this year and he will also run under the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team name. We currently plan for Kevin to take part in four events during 2015 in a fourth car, with a precise schedule still to be defined. While Thierry and Dani will rally for the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team, as they did in Monte-Carlo, the second team will allow some of world rally’s rising stars the chance to showcase their talent on a competitive stage, something we as a WRC manufacturer take very seriously.”