Hyundai says it will continue its three-car approach for the remaining European round of the 2014 World Rally Championship as it looks to consolidate its maiden victory in the series.
The Korean manufacturer swept to a historic 1-2 finish on the Rallye Deutschland after capitalising on problems for rivals Volkswagen and Citroen, with Thierry Neuville leading home Dani Sordo for a landmark result.
Looking ahead, Neuville and Sordo will continue to lead the team in the remaining tarmac-based events in France and Spain, with the third i20 WRC being split between Bryan Bouffier – who will compete in his home French round – and Hayden Paddon.
“We have decided to continue our three car approach to the season and to ensure we are maximising our learning as we approach the end of our debut season in WRC,” said team principal Michel Nandan. Alongside Thierry, our lead driver, we will have Dani, who did a fantastic job for the team in Germany.
“He will take control of the #8 car in France, while also competing in front of his home fans in Spain at the end of October.
“We have decided to give another opportunity to Bryan following the difficulties he faced in Germany, so he will drive the #20 in France – a home event for him. Hayden will return to the car for Spain to complete the three-car line-up with Thierry and Dani.”