The sporting future of the French Sébastien Loeb it ceased to be a mystery. As rumored, the nine-time WRC champion will participate in the category's 2019 and 2020 seasons on a Official Hyundai i20 Coupe. This was announced by the team itself, which others confirmed the continuity of the Spanish Dani sordo until the end of the next tournament. The line-up is completed by the Belgian Thierry Neuville and the Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen, whose contracts are still in force.
“Winning Rally Spain this season reignited my desire to continue competing in the WRC. Joining Hyundai is a challenge that I am looking forward to starting. I have been impressed by the team's approach and determination to achieve success. ", explained Loeb, who achieved all his successes with Citroën.
“They were strong in the title fight this year and I feel like I can bring a lot to them, along with Thierry, Andreas and Dani. The Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC is a winning car and we know that it may still be among the best. 2019 promises to be an exciting season "added the Gaul, who remained standing after the decision of Peugeot Sport to interrupt his sports program in the World Rallycross.
Loeb secured his participation in six dates of the next contest and his new adventure will begin at the end of January with the Monte Carlo Rally a few days after his participation in the Dakar Rally over a Peugeot 3008 DKR of PH Sport.
“Sébastien's announcement is extremely important to Hyundai Motorsport. We are very happy that you have agreed to a two-year contract. Sealing a deal with someone of his immense talent and caliber shows that we are an attractive and competitive proposition in the WRC. ", he claimed Michel Nandan, team manager.
“Obviously our goal is to win the WRC title. We believe we have a car to achieve this and our 2019 driver roster will perfectly reflect that ambition. "added the team-manager.
The Korean team also admitted that they are in talks with New Zealander Hayden Paddon, who could join one of the 2019 races.