2019 WRC Champ Ott Tänak to Drive for Hyundai for 2020, 2021 Seasons

2019 WRC Champ Ott Tänak to Drive for Hyundai for 2020, 2021 Seasons

No sooner has driver Ott Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja been crowned recently as the 2019 FIA World Rally Champion that the duo will be switching from Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT and their Toyota Yaris WRC to drive for Hyundai Motorsport for the next two seasons. The announcement confirms four drivers for three Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC cars next season, the team's seventh in the competitive series. Tänak will join Thierry Neuville for a full season, while Dani Sordo and Sébastien Loeb will share the third car throughout the year. Hyundai Motorsport also remains in discussion with Andreas Mikkelsen and Craig Breen regarding a possible WRC collaboration in 2020. The 2020 WRC calendar includes new territories for Hyundai Motorsport with rallies in Kenya, New Zealand, and Japan, requiring a versatile and well-rounded line-up of crews who are capable of competing at the front of the field at each event. "I am really excited to join Hyundai Motorsport from the 2020 WRC season," said Tänak. "The vision that (Team Director) Andrea (Adamo) has set out is very promising and matches my own ambitions for the future. It’s a big honor for me to have the opportunity to join the team at this exciting stage of our respective careers. I have big respect for what Hyundai has accomplished; we’ve been fighting closely against each other for a number of seasons. They have always had a competitive team and car, so now it will be interesting to see things from the other side. The driver line-up is good and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together over the coming years."

 

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