Bryan Bouffier is seeking a strong result on his World Rally Championship debut as a works Hyundai WRC driver after being included in the team's driver line-up for the Rally Germany.
The Frenchman, last year's European Rally Championship runner-up, has made sporadic appearances in the WRC over the years, but captured particular attention earlier this season when he mounted a challenge for victory on the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally driving an M-Sport Ford Fiesta.
Eventually finishing second behind Sebastien Ogier having led after the opening leg, Bouffier will get his second chance to shine on his preferred surface of tarmac with an outing in Germany, albeit this time at the wheel of the Hyundai i20 WRC.
Bouffier, who has extensively tested the machine after being assigned as part of Hyundai's development programme, is looking forward to making his world championship debut in the car.
“It's the first time I am competing in the WRC with an official team so it goes without saying that I'm really excited and very pleased to have this opportunity.
“I have never competed at Rallye Deutschland before but last year I was on gravel notes duty so I know what to expect from the stages. However, you can't learn those stages by heart. Recce will be crucial and it will be very important to have good pace notes for this event.
“Since we won Rallye Antibes in May the Hyundai i20 WRC has improved a lot on tarmac - we could feel it at the pre-event test – and we will do our best to get a good result and help with the development of the car.”