Hyundai to launch new WRC in Monza

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Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy ri­vals Osian Pryce and Gus Green­smith will step their bat­tle up to WRC2 in Wales this week – where they will take on Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship fron­trun­ners David Bo­gie, Fredrik Ah­lin, Jamie An­der­son and Rhys Yates in what’s cer­tain to be a fas­ci­nat­ing fi­nale for them all.

Pryce and Green­smith are both in hired Ford Fi­esta R5s, while the other four bring their reg­u­lar BRC ma­chin­ery: Fi­es­tas for Ah­lin, An­der­son and Yates and a Skoda Fabia R5 for Scots­man Bo­gie.

DDFT reg­u­lars Pryce and Green­smith are rel­ish­ing the step up from the Fi­esta R2s they’ve spent the sea­son in.

Green­smith said: “I still can’t be­lieve I’m in an R5 car for my home world cham­pi­onship round – it’s an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity and one I don’t in­tend to waste. The car’s fan­tas­tic, just fan­tas­tic.”

Pryce con­tested WRC2 two years ago, when he starred on the open­ing day and ran se­cond in a CA1 Sport Fi­esta.

“I was re­ally pleased with what we did two years ago,” said the DDFT cham­pion. “That was my first time ever in a four-wheel-drive car, so to come out and run se­cond in WRC2 was pretty good. This time, I want to try and keep that pace go­ing for longer into the event. It’s a big step up to this car after the R2, but hope­fully we’ll get a bit of a test at shake­down and get set­tled into the R5 early.”

Away from the Bri­tish bat­tle in WRC2, there’s go­ing to be a fas­ci­nat­ing scrap be­tween Vaux­hall team-mates Chris In­gram and Rob Dug­gan in a brace of Vaux­hall Adams and Tony Jar­dine re­turns with Olympic gold medal­ist Amy Wil­liams co-driv­ing his Mit­subishi Lancer for a se­cond year in suc­ces­sion.

Hyundai’s 2017 spec­i­fi­ca­tion i20 WRC will break cover at the Monza Rally on De­cem­ber 1.

The Korean firm will be the first man­u­fac­turer to show its in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the WRC’S all-new tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions for next sea­son. After be­ing shown to the press, the car will then re­main on show at the Ital­ian end-of-sea­son fes­ti­val event.

Team prin­ci­pal Michel Nan­dan said: “It is a fan­tas­tic event and Monza is the ideal lo­ca­tion to launch our lat­est WRC car. New reg­u­la­tions for 2017 mean wider, more pow­er­ful cars, and we’re sure next sea­son will be an en­ter­tain­ing one. Al­though the main launch will be a static me­dia event, we also want to give the pas­sion­ate fans who at­tend the show some­thing to cheer. It’s go­ing to be a week­end to re­mem­ber – and an­other im­por­tant chap­ter for our ma­tur­ing team.”

More im­me­di­ately, Hyundai’s i20 R5 will make its de­but on a gravel rally at this week’s Dayin­sure Wales Rally GB, driven by Kevin Ab­bring and co-driven by Bri­tain’s Seb Mar­shall.

Green­smith gets first out­ing in an R5 in Wales Ah­lin did WRC2 in Swe­den Green­smith gets first R5 drive Pryce gets an­other crack at R5

OC­TO­BER 26 2016

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