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British co-driver Sebastian Marshall’s Rally of Portugal was cut short after his Hyundai team withdrew his and Kevin Abbring’s i20 WRC.
The pair had endured a difficult event, retiring early on Friday and Saturday after damaging steering and suspension on the Porto-based rally.
The team took the decision not to enter them on Sunday, instead using the time to prepare the car for next month’s Rally Italy.
“Logistically, it’s quite a challenge,” said a Hyundai spokesman. “Obviously, it’s a long journey to Sardinia and we have to build a completely new car. It helped being able to prepare Kevin’s car in Portugal, but it’s likely we will have work on the new car when it arrives in Italy.”
There are also likely to be knock-on effects on the spares package available in Italy, with some of the transmission and engine parts that would have been used to back-up Hyundai’s Sardinian effort being used on the entry car itself.
Marshall and Abbring will be back in action in Italy, running a 2015 i20 again.