Hyundai Motorsport has added rising star Bryan Bouffier to its growing line-up, the Frenchman joining the team as part of its test driver roster for 2013.

The news comes just one week after confirmation that Finnish driver Juho H?nninen will be contributing to Hyundai's development programme with the new i20 WRC this year. The pair will be Hyundai Motorsport's main test drivers for 2013, although the team will employ a number of other drivers to support them during the rest of the year as it seeks to derive the full benefit of different rally experiences to make the i20 WRC the most complete package possible.

"I'm happy to have Bryan on board," Hyundai Motorsport team principal Michel Nandan commented, "He adopts a very professional driving style and can give detailed technical feedback as well as being a very consistent driver, which are all very important attributes for a test driver. Together with Juho's experience of WRC events and his speed on all terrains, I am sure we have a strong and well-rounded line-up for our testing programme."

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Bouffier is a three-time Polish rally champion and was crowned French rally champion in 2010. He also won the iconic Rallye Monte-Carlo - during its spell in the Intercontinental Rally Championship - in 2011 and more recently dominated the legendary Tour de Corse as part of the European Rally Championship. Now Hyundai wants to tap into his vast experience as a test driver, using his expert analysis skills to help grow the team and to further assess and develop the i20 WRC.

"I'm pleased to be joining Hyundai Motorsport's test programme and to be part of the team for this year," Bouffier said, "It's true that there is a lot of work to do, but the team is in place and the facilities are impressive, so we have good foundations to build upon. This is an exciting programme and I'm sure the summer time will be very busy - and, hopefully, just as productive."

While H?nninen drove the i20 WRC for the first time back in May, Bouffier had his own taste of the car today [Tuesday].