Hyundai Motorsport has announced that current test driver Juho Hanninen will pilot the team's second i20 WRC car on selected WRC events in 2014.

The 32-year old, who will be team-mate to recently-announced lead driver Thierry Neuville, has become well-acquainted with Hyundai Motorsport throughout 2013, having completed an impressive 3500km of development work at the helm of the i20 WRC. The Finn has played an integral role in the team's preparations for its debut WRC season and will be another strong asset to Hyundai Motorsport in its debut season.

"I am very pleased to continue our working relationship with Juho," team principal Michel Nandan commented, "He was the first driver to sign for Hyundai Motorsport earlier this year and he was the one who completed the first ever runs in the Hyundai i20 WRC. He has shown great loyalty to our new team and it is fitting that he joins us at a number of specific events during our maiden WRC season.

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"Juho has done an outstanding job in testing this year. He has proven to be a very complete driver with a perfect mix of speed and technical abilities, as well as being a real team player giving valuable feedback to our team of engineers. He brings with him a vast experience of WRC and he has completed the most kilometres in the Hyundai i20 WRC this year, so we feel he will be an ideal complement to Thierry."

Hanninen will be joined in 2014 by regular co-driver Tomi Tuominen and will make his WRC debut for Hyundai at February's Rally Sweden, an event he knows very well. He made his WRC debut on the same rally in 2006, winning the Group N class, and finished sixth in this year's event.

The Finn has also tasted success in a variety of different cars in his career, and has been victorious in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the FIA European Rally Championship and the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship since his WRC debut. He has set a high standard in the S2000 category in recent years and took his first WRC stage win at Monte Carlo this year, underlining his potential at the pinnacle of international rallying.

"I am really honoured to have been chosen by Hyundai to be one of the drivers of the second i20 WRC car in 2014, including Rally Sweden, which is one of my favourites," Hanninen said, "I have been working with the team a lot since May and it has been a really fantastic project to be involved in. All the people in the team are very nice and it has been friendly environment, but with everyone still giving 100 per cent all the time. It's been a pleasure to work with them in testing and I really respect the opportunity to drive some rallies for the team in 2014."

Alongside his occasional appearances in the second Hyundai i20 WRC car next year, Hanninen will also continue to play a vital testing role as the team prepares for 2015.

Hyundai has already revealed that a number of drivers will share the second i20 WRC throughout 2014. An announcement regarding Neuville's team-mate on the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo will be made in due course.