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Mikkelsen joins Neuville and Sordo on the Hyundai team

Mikkelsen joins Neuville and Sordo on the Hyundai team

The Hyundai Motorsport team reported on Tuesday that it has made “an adjustment” to its team for the World Rally Championship and has signed the Norwegian driver Andreas Mikkelsen from Rally from Spain, where he will compete alongside Belgian Thierry Neuville and Spanish Dani Sordo.

Mikkelsen, who replaces New Zealander Hayden Paddon, will compete in the last three rounds of the championship: Spain, Wales and Australia, together with his co-driver Anders Jaeger-Synnevaag.

“All three Hyundai Motorsport crews will remain under contract with the team, but the specific driver line-up will be different in each of the remaining rounds of the season, details of which will be announced in due course,” the team adds.

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Hyundai Motorsport has been forced to “adjust” its line-up in an effort to get closer to M-Sport in the Brands World Cup.

“Making this decision was not easy, but we believe that it was necessary to reaffirm ourselves in the championship battle. The negotiations with Andreas have been going on for a long time, but we had nothing to offer him as our training was closed, ”says team manager Michel Nandan.

“However, losing ground, we decided to reassess the situation. We had an open conversation with our three crews, and informed them of our decision to make this adjustment. The precise line-up for Spain has been made, but we will confirm our crews for Wales and Australia in due course. For now, we welcome Andreas and Anders to Hyundai Motorsport and look forward to our 2017 championship getting back on track from Spain, ”he added.

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Andreas Mikkelsen says: “I am delighted to join Hyundai Motorsport and be back in the WRC for the next three rallies. It’s a great team with a lot of talent, and the Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC has proven to be a winning car on every surface.

“I had the opportunity to test it on the ground earlier this year. I got a very positive feeling, which I am sure we will find again in these last three events of the season. My goal is to do everything I can to help the team in the constructors’ championship. I have great faith in them and the car so I’m very excited. Anders and I are ready and we hope it is the start of something more long-term, ”said the Norwegian. EFE

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