Juho Hanninen has been named as one of Hyundai's test drivers for 2013, ending speculation over the man behind the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC during recent tests.

Hanninen, who won the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2010, followed by the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship and the FIA European Rally Championship titles in 2011 and 2012 respectively, said he is looking forward to working on the development of the i20 WRC.

"I'm delighted to be part of the Hyundai Motorsport testing programme for this year," said the Finn.

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"It's a fantastic opportunity to work closely to a manufacturer and to give my contribution to this great challenge.

"The first run with the i20 WRC was quite positive for me; I'm very impressed with the work the team has done so far in such an incredibly short space of time. I feel comfortable with everyone in the team and I look forward to carry on working with them in the next six months."

Hyundai has been building up its new WRC operation from scratch since the start of the year, establishing the team at a dedicated facility in Alzenau, Germany and recruiting specialists at every level of its organisation.

Test drivers are an integral part of the team's development programme and six months ahead of the team's debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo in January 2014, Hyundai is said to be in the process of carrying out an 'intensive' test programme to evaluate and develop the i20 WRC on all terrains and conditions.

"We're very pleased to welcome Juho on board for our 2013 test programme," added Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan. "I'm sure his experience and background will contribute to the project and I'm happy with the job he's done so far.

"We have decided to work with different drivers with unique skills and capabilities this year, which will provide us with valuable feedback for 2014."

Hyundai also added that it will 'soon' be in a position to announce a second test driver for the remainder of the 2013 test phase. Drivers for 2014 will be confirmed at the end of the year.