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Hyundai looks back on productive summer

Hyundai Motorsport has had a productive summer across all areas of the business with exciting developments on the company’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) programme as well as accelerating its Customer Racing activities.

Looking ahead to 2017...
The team will begin testing the final specification of its 2017 WRC challenger this week after five months of development. The team began work on the new car back in April, using a mule for initial tests. Since June, a second evolution of the car was put through its paces in private testing. Kevin Abbring has carried out most of the driving duties to date, although both Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo got their first taste of the new car after Rallye Deutschland.

...but still pushing in 2016
Hyundai Motorsport’s trio of driver crews have all been in testing action since Rallye Deutschland. A pre-event test in Catalunya was held in the final week of August in preparation for Rally Spain, while the drivers will head to Corsica next week to prepare for the tenth round of the season, Tour de Corse - Rallye de France.

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Rallye Deutschland: Sordo returns as Hyundai targets ‘home’ podium

Rallye Deutschland: Sordo returns as Hyundai targets ‘home’ podium 15 August 2016

A rested Dani Sordo returns to the Hyundai Motorsport line-up as the team looks to repeat its 2014 success on Germany's round of the World Rally Championship.

Dani Sordo will return to the Hyundai Motorsport line-up to give the team a boost heading into its adopted 'home' WRC event this weekend.

The Spaniard was forced to miss the last round of the championship, in Finland, thanks to a fractured vertebra, but returns as Hyundai looks to revive the form that has seen it secure two wins for the new generation i20 WRC as the series moves onto round nine at Rallye Deutschland, having missed a podium on the challenging high-speed Finnish gravel roads by only 4.6secs.

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2016 NFL Kickoff presented by Hyundai

The NFL kicks off its 97th season with "2016 NFL Kickoff Presented by Hyundai" at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 8. Multi-platinum global stars Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic will perform live at Civic Center Park in Denver, it was announced Monday night during NBC's national broadcast of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Performances by Bentley and OneRepublic will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Denver from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NFL Network. The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

Television's most-watched studio show, NBC's Football Night in America, will be live on-site in Denver with its full team -- Bob Costas, Dan Patrick, Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, and two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, along with NFL Insiders Mike Florio and Peter King. The NFL Kickoff Game on NBC will be called by Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.

The show leads into the season opener between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos in a rematch of Super Bowl 50 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver (NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra on desktop and tablet, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 p.m. ET). It marks the first Super Bowl rematch played on Kickoff Weekend since 1970 (Kansas City-Minnesota). Grammy-nominated performer Andra Day will sing the National Anthem.

The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2016 season and to honor the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos. This is the 15th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 12th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

2016 NFL Kickoff will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows, and directed by Gregg Gelfand.

In addition to presenting sponsor Hyundai, top tier sponsors for the NFL's Kickoff platform include Bud Light, McDonald's, Microsoft, Pepsi, Snickers, Verizon and Visa.

Media may visit NFLcommunications.com to apply for credentials to cover the "2016 NFL Kickoff" concert. The credential deadline is Friday, Sept. 2. Media interested in covering the game may apply for credentials through the Broncos.

Visit nfl.com/tickets for tickets to NFL games.

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