In a transfer that spells very unhealthy information for the longer term WRC profession of Norwegian driving force Andreas Mikkelsen, Hyundai will take Irishman Craig Breen to Rally Australia in his position for the overall spherical of the 2019 International Rally Championship.
Rally Australia is a key tournament for the Korean owned, German primarily based WRC group because it chases a maiden FIA International Rally Championship Producers’ name, lately sitting 18 issues transparent of competitors Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Mikkelsen, who best gained in Australia simply 3 years in the past, had to start with been the most popular choice for Hyundai, however an amended access listing now unearths Breen and co-driver Paul Nagle can be within the quantity 18 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.
Irishman Breen, who joins fellow Hyundai drivers Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo for the rally, ran neatly Down Below ultimate season and says he’s taking a look ahead to avenging what he felt used to be a doubtlessly sturdy ultimate tournament for Citroën in 2018.
“The entire rally went the other way up for me,” mentioned Breen. “I misplaced each and every little bit of feeling I had from the Citroën C3 WRC. I made a mistake on Saturday noon after which it began to rain on Sunday and issues simply opened up from there.
“Issues had been going in reality neatly, we had been 2nd on Friday night time, then we had a subject matter with the throttle, I overheated the brakes and melted the tyres, took a wheel off. All of it fell aside. I in reality need to return and end that rally with some just right reminiscences.”
The unexpected and sudden driving force transfer raises questions over Mikkelsen’s long term on the Korean squad as he just lately cut up along with his control group and lately has no company contract for subsequent season…
Rally Australia, the overall spherical of the 2019 FIA International Rally Championship will get underway at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales in just below two weeks time on Thursday, 14th November.
With the WRC Drivers’ name already wrapped up one rally early through Toyota’s Ott Tänak, all eyes can be at the WRC Producers’ combat between holder Toyota and arch competitors Hyundai who’re nonetheless in search of their first piece of put up season silverware, six years after entering the game with a nearly limitless price range!
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