Loeb to run six WRC events for Hyundai

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Loeb to run six WRC events for Hyundai

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Loeb to run six WRC events for Hyundai

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Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb is adding a new chapter to his illustrious rallying career, having signed a two-year contract with to run select WRC events for the works Hyundai team.

The Frenchman will compete in six rounds of the 2019 season in an i20 Coupe WRC alongside his long-time co-driver Daniel Elena, starting at the Monte Carlo Rally in January. Loeb will split the season with Spaniard Dani Sordo. Belgian Thierry Neuville and Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen will run the full season in the team’s other entries. There were no confirmed 2019 opportunities for New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon, but Hyundai says it has “an open dialogue with Hayden to discuss options for his involvement with our team into next year.”

Loeb scored his 79th career WRC win in Spain last season – his first since 2013, when he first cut back to part-time WRC duty.

“I am delighted to announce that Daniel and I will compete in six WRC events for Hyundai Motorsport in 2019,” he said. “Winning at Rally de España re-ignited my desire to continue competing at the very front of WRC. Joining Hyundai will give us a fresh challenge and one that I can’t wait to tackle. I have been impressed with the team’s approach and their determination to succeed.”

“Sebastien’s announcement is hugely important for our team and we are overjoyed that he has agreed a two-year contract,” said team principal Michel Nandan. “Sealing a deal with someone of his immense talent and caliber shows that we are an attractive and competitive proposition in the WRC.”

“I am delighted to announce that Daniel and I will compete in six WRC events for Hyundai Motorsport in 2019,” he said. “Winning at Rally de España re-ignited my desire to continue competing at the very front of WRC. Joining Hyundai will give us a fresh challenge and one that I can’t wait to tackle. I have been impressed with the team’s approach and their determination to succeed.”

Hyundai said the 2019 program for Sordo has still to be defined but the Spaniard’s sixth season with the team is set to include eight events, starting with Rally Mexico.

“Hyundai Motorsport has become a special team to me,” said Sordo. “I felt that 2018 was one of my most competitive seasons. We know that when things work in our favor we can really be strong contenders. We have an exciting crew line-up with Sebastien coming on board. He brings an immeasurable amount of experience which will be a huge benefit to the entire team, as we move forward.”

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