August 14, 2015 - After mixed fortunes at Rally Finland earlier this month, the Hyundai Motorsport team returns to the scene of an historic 1-2 in 2014 as it tackles ADAC Rallye Deutschland, round nine of the 2015 World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar.
As the home rally for the Alzenau-based squad, the event will mark the team's first tarmac event with four cars. Thierry Neuville (#7 Hyundai i20 WRC) and Dani Sordo (#8 Hyundai i20 WRC), first and second last year, will again represent the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team. In the Hyundai Mobis World Rally Team Hayden Paddon (#20 Hyundai i20 WRC) will be joined for the second time by Dutchman Kevin Abbring (#10 Hyundai i20 WRC). Paddon will start with the same specification car as teammates Neuville and Sordo, while Abbring will have the benefit of paddle-shift on the #10 car.
The unpredictable weather in Germany will make tyre choice an important factor to the Hyundai Motorsport team, placing a premium on up-to-date information from weather and gravel crews. Accurate pace notes are essential, particularly with the huge car-breaking kerbstones known as hinkelstein presenting an additional challenge on the military ranges.
Team Principal Michel Nandan commented: "Germany is our home rally, as our Alzenau base is not so far from Trier. Of course there are good memories here for us, because last year we had a good result - our first 1-2 finish. For the second time this year we will have four Hyundai i20 WRC cars, although this is the first time on a tarmac event. All four drivers have been testing in the Trier area in the build-up to the event, and we are all quite pleased with the setup. Our fourth driver is Kevin Abbring and along with Thierry and Dani, we have three drivers who feel at home on the tarmac so we can hope for a good result to add to our points' total."
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