Hyundai will input the International Rally Championship’s WRC 2 R5 class for producers for the primary time in 2020 with an upgraded i20.
It has signed Eu Rally Championship common Nikolay Gryazin and WRC 2 common Ole Christian Veiby, who is a part of the Even Control solid that still boasts M-Recreation WRC motive force Esapekka Lappi and double International Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson.
The squad might be officially entered as Hyundai Motorsport N in WRC 2 (up to now WRC 2 Professional) with the marque’s i20, run by means of the Estonian outfit RedGrey.
Hyundai up to now printed it could overhaul its R5 programme to be able to spice up its competitiveness and compete with new vehicles from M-Recreation and Volkswagen, and upgraded vehicles from Skoda and Citroen.
“Coming into WRC 2 is the most important determination for Hyundai Motorsport for numerous causes,” stated group foremost Andrea Adamo.
“At the start, it reaffirms and strengthens our dedication to the WRC as a complete.
“At the technical facet, it’ll additionally let us turn out the competitiveness and function of our not too long ago upgraded i20 R5 ’20 – the manufactured from super exhausting paintings by means of our Buyer Racing division.
“Having the chance to position the automobile thru its paces at the quite a lot of terrains of the championship in entrance of rally lovers world wide might be very rewarding.
“We sit up for running with RedGrey Workforce and our two younger and bold drivers.”
Veiby is the extra skilled of the group’s two drivers within the class, a a couple of winner in WRC 2 throughout 3 complete years within the magnificence together with in Poland and in Sweden.
He has pushed 4 other R5 vehicles.
The Norwegian, who has competed as a privateer in an i20 3 times up to now in festival, stated: “I feel we’re going to be an excessively aggressive group.
“I will’t wait to get began.
“It is no secret that the purpose is at all times to be at the most sensible step; I feel we’ve the prospective to be that sturdy, and to do actually smartly in combination as a group.
“I additionally hope the revel in I’ve picked up from numerous other R5 vehicles might be precious for the improvement of the i20 R5.”
Russian motive force Gryazin is a a couple of ERC rally winner and the sequence’ Below 28 champion in 2018.
He additionally received the WRC 2 phase in Finland in 2019 in a Skoda Fabia R5. The highly-rated Russian added: “Becoming a member of a producer is every other step in my occupation and I’m satisfied I will transfer onto different ranges with Hyundai Motorsport sooner or later.”
Gryazin and Veiby sign up for up to now showed entries Mads Ostberg (Citroen) and M-Recreation’s Adrien Fourmaux and Rhys Yates within the class.
Drivers need to adopt 8 rounds, and contesting one of the crucial fly-away occasions in Mexico or Japan is necessary.
The class used to be received by means of Kalle Rovanpera and Skoda ultimate 12 months, however Rovanpera has stepped as much as the WRC’s most sensible stage with Toyota for 2020 and Skoda has showed it’ll no longer input a manufacturing unit WRC 2 group.