Adamo dis­misses ru­mours of i20 R5 zero car at Ul­ster

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Hyundai R5 chief An­drea Adamo has moved to quash any ru­mours of the i20 ap­pear­ing in Au­gust’s Ul­ster Rally, with the car not ex­pected out un­til af­ter its ho­molo­ga­tion in Septem­ber.

When asked if run­ning as zero car on the Ul­ster was a pos­si­bil­ity, Adamo said: “Ab­so­lutely not. No. It was never even planned.”

The ma­chine ran as zero on the Ypres Rally, where sources within the event told MN that the car would have set fastest times on mul­ti­ple stages.

Af­ter the ho­molo­ga­tion, one pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion for the de­but of the car in com­pe­ti­tion could be Wales Rally GB in Oc­to­ber.

How­ever, Adamo ad­mit­ted that no events have been con­firmed at this stage.

“Yes, I’d like to be present this year with one car man­aged by us on some nice events that have some com­mer­cial im­por­tance. Which one, I don’t know,” he added. “What we are plan­ning to do af­ter the ho­molo­ga­tion is to par­tic­i­pate with cus­tomers with works pres­ence to show the car some­where. I won’t say an event for the sake of it as that’s not how I ap­proach things.”

Adamo added that the out­fit has al­ready sold nine of the cars de­spite the car not yet be­ing ho­molo­gated.

I20 R5 won’t be seen at Ul­ster

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