New Hyundai i20 R5 to face tough world bap­tism run in Cor­sica

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Hyundai’s all-new i20 R5 will face its tough­est test yet when it makes its World Rally Cham­pi­onship de­but in Cor­sica at the end of this month.

The Korean firm will field an of­fi­cial car for Kevin Ab­bring and his Bri­tish co-driver Seb Mar­shall, with Hyundai’s all-new Cus­tomer Rac­ing de­part­ment help­ing sup­port a pair of pri­vate en­tries for for­mer Tour of Cor­sica win­ner (when it was run­ning as a Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship round) Stephane Sar­razin and 23-year-old Ital­ian Fabio An­dolfi.

Ab­bring, who was a star of last year’s Tour of Cor­sica, run­ning in sec­ond place be­fore crash­ing out, said: “We’ve been test­ing since Jan­uary and it’s all been build­ing up to this point, so to be part of the car’s WRC2 de­but is a great way for us to cel­e­brate our achieve­ment in reach­ing this point in the pro­ject.

“We know we have a strong pack­age for Tar­mac, but Cor­sica is one of the tough­est ral­lies of the sea­son. While it would ob­vi­ously be great for me to come away with a strong re­sult, the week­end will be all about the team and the i20 R5.”

Hyundai team prin­ci­pal Michel Nan­dan said Cor­sica rep­re­sented a proud and sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment for the team. “The foun­da­tion of the Cus­tomer Rac­ing de­part­ment was an im­por­tant ex­pan­sion, and we will have six Hyundai Mo­tor­sport-built en­tries at the start. For the first time we will run a car other than our WRC.”

Ab­bring will run the R5

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