HYUNDAI UNVEILS ITS NEW WRC CHARGER DAVID EVANS
GROUP RALLYING EDITOR “Hyundai’s launch was all about Ogier’s future”
The first of the muchanticipated 2017 World Rally Cars broke cover last week, when Hyundai revealed its i20 Coupe WRC in Italy.
The covers were pulled off the Korean team’s third World Rally Car in as many seasons ahead of the Monza Rally, with the car left on display at the circuit for the weekend.
Speaking at the launch, team principal Michel Nandan accepted that – in the absence of Volkswagen – his squad has moved into the position of pre-season favourite.
“Our driver line-up has not changed, it’s a strong line-up,” he said. “We are very happy with what we have from the new car. It’s going to be an exciting year coming. OK, it will be different not having Volkswagen and without them I think we can be considered the favourite.”
Nandan admitted Ogier’s decision on where he will drive would still play a key role in the destination of the manufacturers’ title.
He added: “I think we are favourites – especially without Ogier in a red (Citroen) car.