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Hyundai nominates Sordo as manufacturer lead

Dani Sordo is picked as Hyundai's 'manufacturer-nominated driver' for the 2016 World Rally Championship, ahead of Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon.
Volkswagen, M-Sport and Hyundai have named Sebastien Ogier, Mads Ostberg and Dani Sordo as their respective 'manufacturer' nominations ahead of the 2016 World Rally Championship season.

Though the nomination of three-time champion Ogier for VW and Ostberg for M-Sport Ford is of little surprise, Sordo is notable for receiving the nod over Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon.

Sordo replaces Neuville as the Korean firm's top pick in 2015, though the Belgian – who scored Hyundai's first WRC win in Germany in 2014 – insists all three drivers have equal status despite stepping back to a non-manufacturer nominated role for last year's Rally Wales finale. Hyundai has insisted this is merely formalities though.

Nominated drivers must contest a minimum of 10 events in the season, though Sordo, Neuville and Paddon are set to contest all events in 2016 driving the latest generation i20 hatchback.

As well as the three manufacturer entries, the FIA has named four other teams eligible to score manufacturer points - the DMACK Ford Team (Ott Tanak), Hyundai Motorsport N (Paddon or Neuville), Volkswagen Motorsport II (Andreas Mikkelsen) and Yazeed Racing (Yazeed Al-Rajhi).

In addition, the Abu Dhabi WRT team (formerly backed by Citroen) is set to contest an unconfirmed number of rounds – beginning with Monte Carlo and Sweden - led by Kris Meeke, while ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica and Italian racer Lorenzo Bertelli are set to contest multiple events in 2016.


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Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ES), Hyundai I20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Monza, [Credit: Hyundai Motorsport]
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Haydon Paddon (NZ) John Kennard (NZ) Hyundai i20 WRC
Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ESP) Hyundai i20 WRC
Haydon Paddon (NZ) John Kennard (NZ) Hyundai i20 WRC
Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ESP) Hyundai i20 WRC
Haydon Paddon (NZ) John Kennard (NZ) Hyundai i20 WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ESP) Hyundai i20 WRC
Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Dani Sordo (ESP) Marc Marti (ESP) Hyundai i20 WRC

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Taz

January 06, 2016 9:11 PM

That's not what Neuville was saying recently. He can hardly be surprised. Hope he has a better season though as he's a better driver than 2015 suggested. Sordo will be good/average.



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