Hyundai Motorsport ready for fierce championship defence in 2021 | Hyundai N
- Two-time FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) manufacturers’ champions Hyundai Motorsport will target a hat-trick of titles as it embarks on its eighth season in the sport
- Four drivers are set to compete for the team in 2021 - Ott Tänak, Thierry Neuville, Dani Sordo, Craig Breen - all vying for glory in the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
- The 2021 season will be the final year with current specification WRC machinery and is scheduled to visit new territories and old favourites.
15 January 2021 - Reigning manufacturers’ champions Hyundai Motorsport will target both FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) titles in 2021.
The company embarks on its eighth season competing at the pinnacle of international rally.
The team will mount a challenge for the manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles with four crews spearheading the campaign. Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville will compete in every round of the 2021 season with the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, starting with Rallye Monte-Carlo (January 21-24). Tänak continues his potent partnership with Martin Järveoja, while alongside Neuville in the Principality will be his compatriot Martijn Wydaeghe.
Dani Sordo and Craig Breen will share a third car. Sordo will compete at Monte-Carlo with co-driver Carlos del Barrio before embarking on a new working relationship with Borja Rozada in further outings, while Breen will be joined by Paul Nagle.
The planned calendar is due to see teams tackle new territories and re-visit old favourites. It is planned for Kenya (June), Belgium (August) and Japan (November) to re-join the schedule, having all had their 2020 events cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with fellow newcomers Arctic Rally and Croatia set to host their first WRC events in February and April respectively. Portugal (May), Finland (July), Chile (September) and Spain (October) also make welcome returns.
The Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC demonstrated its competitiveness across a wide variety of surfaces in 2020, with crews taking podiums and wins on tarmac and gravel. With the slate once again wiped clean, the team is ready to continue its momentum into 2021 as it seeks to take a hat-trick of manufacturers’ titles.
2021 will be the final season under current regulations, with new tyre supplier Pirelli adding an element of the unknown as crews enter a new year of intense competition. Hyundai Motorsport knows that it will need to be challenging for wins and podiums at every round, and redouble its efforts to maintain its competitive package, if it is to defend its title.
Estonians Ott Tänak and Martin Järveoja return for their second season with Hyundai Motorsport, having scored a home victory and four individual podiums in 2020. The target for the 2019 drivers’ champion is to support the team’s effort and try to secure a second drivers’ title.
Thierry Neuville ensured the team’s title defence got off to the perfect start in 2020 with victory in Rallye Monte-Carlo. Now entering his eighth season with Hyundai Motorsport, Neuville is aiming to put himself in contention from the very beginning of the season, when he will be joined by Martijn Wydaeghe in the co-driver’s seat.
Spaniards Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio will reunite for one final outing at Rallye Monte-Carlo, before Borja Rozada joins Sordo in the cockpit of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC for his subsequent 2021 appearances. After securing a second consecutive win at Rally Italia Sardegna, Sordo is hoping for more success this season.
Irish crew Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will share duties with Sordo in the third car, with the pair looking to score more podium finishes after their stunning second place at Rally Estonia in 2020.