HYUNDAI'S DRIVER LINE-UP: Hyundai has announced its driver line-up for the French and Spanish rounds of the WRC - Thierry Neuville (from left), Dani Sordo and Bryan Bouffier pose in front of an i20 rally car. Image: Hyundai
• Hyundai confirms rally line-up
• Three Hyundai i20 WRCs
• Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo to race both
• Bryan Bouffier joins in France
• Hayden Paddon returns in Spain.
ALZENAU, Germany - Hyundai says its World Rally team will continue its debut season in the World Rally championship by fielding three i20 cars at the French and Spanish rounds.
The team’s lead driver, Thierry Neuville, will continue to compete in the #7 Hyundai i20 WRC alongside his Belgian compatriot Nicolas Gilsoul and will be joined in both events by Spaniard Dani Sordo in the #8 car.
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Neuville and Sordo, who scored a memorable 1-2 for the team in Rallye Deutschland, will be joined at Rallye de France Alsace by Bryan Bouffier in the #20 car.
Hayden Paddon will return in Rallye de España (Spain) to complete the three-car line-up for the penultimate round of the championship.
Team principal Michel Nandan said: “We have decided to continue our three car approach to the season and to ensure we are maximising our learning as we approach the end of our debut season in WRC.
"Alongside Thierry (Neuville), our lead driver, we will have Dani, who did a fantastic job for the team in Germany. He will take control of the #8 car in France, while also competing in front of his home fans in Spain at the end of October.
"We have decided to give another opportunity to Bryan following the difficulties he faced in Germany, so he will drive the #20 in France – a home event for him. Hayden will return to the car for Spain to complete the three-car line-up with Thierry and Dani.”