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 Ecu 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-Game WRC driving force Esapekka Lappi and double International Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson.
The squad shall be officially entered as Hyundai Motorsport N in WRC 2 (up to now WRC 2 Professional) with the marque’s i20, run through the Estonian outfit RedGrey.
Hyundai up to now printed it could overhaul its R5 programme with a purpose to spice up its competitiveness and compete with new vehicles from M-Game and Volkswagen, and upgraded vehicles from Skoda and Citroen.
“Coming into WRC 2 is the most important resolution for Hyundai Motorsport for plenty of causes,” stated workforce fundamental Andrea Adamo.
“At first, it reaffirms and strengthens our dedication to the WRC as an entire.
“At the technical facet, it’s going to additionally let us turn out the competitiveness and function of our not too long ago upgraded i20 R5 ’20 – the manufactured from super onerous paintings through our Buyer Racing division.
“Having the chance to position the automobile via its paces at the more than a few terrains of the championship in entrance of rally enthusiasts world wide shall be very rewarding.
“We stay up for operating with RedGrey Crew and our two younger and bold drivers.”
Veiby is the extra skilled of the workforce’s two drivers within the class, a more than one winner in WRC 2 throughout 3 complete years within the elegance 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 thrice up to now in festival, stated: “I feel we’re going to be an excessively aggressive workforce.
“I will’t wait to get began.
“It is no secret that the purpose is at all times to be at the best step; I feel we have now the possible to be that robust, and to do in point of fact smartly in combination as a workforce.
“I additionally hope the enjoy I’ve picked up from a large number of other R5 vehicles shall be precious for the advance of the i20 R5.”
Russian driving force Gryazin is a more than one ERC rally winner and the sequence’ Underneath 28 champion in 2018.
He additionally gained 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 profession 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-Game’s Adrien Fourmaux and Rhys Yates within the class.
Drivers must adopt 8 rounds, and contesting some of the fly-away occasions in Mexico or Japan is obligatory.
The class was once gained through Kalle Rovanpera and Skoda final yr, however Rovanpera has stepped as much as the WRC’s best stage with Toyota for 2020 and Skoda has showed it’s going to now not input a manufacturing unit WRC 2 workforce.