- Hyundai Motorsport is hoping to secure its first Rally Finland podium in round eight of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
- The team will field a modified driver line-up with Kevin Abbring replacing the injured Dani Sordo in the #20 New Generation i20 WRC
- Abbring has joined Thierry Neuville (#3) and Hayden Paddon (#4) in a successful pre-event test session in Finland since Friday to prepare for this week’s rally
- Hyundai Motorsport has its sights set on a podium finish this weekend as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) enters the second half of the 2016 season with Rally Finland.
The Alzenau-based team has a best result of fourth position in Finland (2015 - Thierry Neuville), a rally that features some of the fastest and toughest stages on the WRC calendar, as well as a daunting array of jumps.
Hyundai Motorsport is fielding a revised driver line-up for Rally Finland after Dani Sordo was ruled out of the event as a result of an injury sustained in a pre-event testing accident. In his place, Kevin Abbring will drive the #20 New Generation i20 WRC, joining Thierry Neuville (#3) and Hayden Paddon (#4).
All three drivers have been testing in Finland since Friday in a rescheduled pre-event test that has allowed them to get acquainted with the New Generation i20 WRC ahead of the rally. The team has identified the problem that caused Sordo’s testing crash and has had a trouble-free test, giving cause for confidence in the potential of the New Generation i20 WRC on the fast and uncompromising Finnish terrain.
Hyundai Motorsport now aims to add to its impressive results so far in 2016. The team has taken two victories (Argentina and Sardinia) and an additional three podiums (Monte Carlo, Sweden and Poland). A maiden Finnish podium is next on the wish list.