Dani Sordo and co-driver Marc Marti have signed a two-year contract extension with Hyundai Motorsport which ties the Spanish duo to the team until the end of the 2018 World Rally Championship season.
Having joined the Hyundai fold at the start of 2014 after switching from Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT, Sordo secured his equal-best result for the manufacturer this weekend at Rally Germany with second place and enjoyed an impressive start to the 2016 campaign with six consecutive top six finishes.
Sordo is thrilled to be retained by 'his family' and is relishing the opportunity to attack the end of the 2016 WRC campaign without the pressure of contract talks hanging over him.
“Hyundai Motorsport has become like a family to me, so I am pleased to extend my contract for two more seasons,” Sordo said. “I have had the pleasure of seeing and helping this young team grow into real contenders in just a few years and I am really excited to see where we can develop into the future, especially with the new regulations.
“My aim is to fight for WRC wins and podiums on a regular basis, and I know that is a realistic goal with this team. We've had our most successful season to date in 2016 but I know that there is so much more to come this season - and beyond.”
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Hyundai team principal Michel Nandan says Sordo's runner-up result in Germany has acted as a timely reminder why the Spanish driver is an integral part to the team and is confident he can continue to boost the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC ahead of the 2017 regulation revamp.
“We are delighted to continue our relationship with Dani as we look to build further on our inaugural years in the WRC,” Nandan said. “Since we joined the Championship back in 2014, Dani has been an essential member of our team.
“He is motivated and consistent, helping us to develop both on and off rallies. We have shared many happy memories together, including their excellent result at the weekend. We can now look forward to even more positive progress in the future.”