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2013-11-06 04:01

HYUNDAI’S WRC PAIR: Hyundai’s 2014 WRC hopes will lie with driver Thierry Neuville (left) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul as the automaker returns to the premier rally championship. Images: HYUNDAI

LONDON, England - Thierry Neuville has been confirmed as Hyundai's lead driver for when the South Korean automaker returns to the World Rally championship in 2014.

Neuville, currently driving a Ford for the Qatar World Rally Team, has signed a multi-year agreement and will race the new i20 WRC car in all 13 rounds of the 2014 championship. His co-driver will be Nicolas Gilsoul.

Team principal Michel Nandan said: "By signing a driver of Thierry's talent, we can show that Hyundai's WRC engagement is serious and focused on long-term success."

RETURNING TO WRC

Neuville is second overall in the 2013 standings, behind Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier who has already won the title. Hyundai will be competing against VW and Citroen for the Manufacturers' crown. Hyundai last competed in the championship in 2003. 

Neuville said: “I am pleased to be joining Hyundai Motorsport for the 2014 World Rally championship. I believe Hyundai Motorsport is the perfect fit for me because it is a young, emerging and ambitious manufacturer team with long-term objectives for championship success and I have long held aspirations of driving for a manufacturer team.

"I was impressed by the team’s facility, its approach to the rally programme and its clear potential. I hope my two years of experience in WRC will be beneficial to the team as we build a harmonious working partnership.

"We have a steep learning curve ahead in our first season but I am convinced we will have a successful future together.”


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