Hyundai has used the launch of its new World Rally Championship challenger to officially confirm that Dani Sordo and Chris Atkinson will form part of the line-up in the i20 WRC.

The team had already confirmed deals with both Thierry Neuville and Juho Hanninen, but has now revealed that former Citroen man Sordo and ex-Subaru factory driver Atkinson will also content selected events.

While Neuville will run on every event in 2014, Hanninen, Sordo and Atkinson will contest selected rounds on the schedule, with Sordo in the second car for the season opener in Monte Carlo.

News that the ex-Citroen man was to form part of Hyundai's line-up had been accidentally leaked last week, with the deal now being officially confirmed by the team.

"I am very happy to be part of this exciting Hyundai WRC project," the Spaniard said. "It might be a young team but there is a high level of experience and professionalism that makes the team a really appealing package.

"I am looking forward to bringing my years of WRC experience to the team in its debut season and to take part in Rallye Monte-Carlo, the first event."

Atkinson meanwhile is confirmed in the car for his home event in Australia having been part of Hyundai's testing roster in 2013.

"It's a nice early Christmas present to be given this opportunity to return to the WRC with Hyundai Motorsport and I'm really looking forward to the 2014 season," he said. "We've been testing with the team this year and the car is coming along great so it will be good to get into competitive action next year. We have a great team and with the support from Hyundai Australia and Hyundai globally we're charging forward and hopefully will secure some great results for the team in the future.

"It's going to be awesome to compete in front of my home crowd on the Coates Hire Rally Australia. It's been quite a few years since I've raced at home and last time out we retired from the lead of the event so it will be good to get back out there and have a good crack next year."

Hyundai's entry into the series will be under the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team banner, with a sponsorship deal having been agreed with the fuel company for 2014.

"Shell is delighted to be returning to the WRC in 2014 with Hyundai," Colin Abraham, Shell Vice President Marketing (Fuels and Lubricants), said. "Shell and Hyundai have worked closely together to deliver a high quality product to customers around the world for more than eight years. We bring a genuine understanding of each other's strengths to this exciting new team as the Hyundai i20 WRC prepares for its first competitive season."



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