Andreas Mikkelsen joins the team from Rally de España
We have made an adjustment to our crew line-up for the remaining events of the 2017 WRC season.
Norwegian driver Andreas Mikkelsen will be joining our team for Rally de España, alongside Thierry and Dani.
Andreas will compete in all three remaining rounds of the championship in Spain, Wales GB and Australia together with his co-driver Anders Jæger-Synnevaag.
All three of our existing crews will remain under contract but the specific driver line-up will differ in each of the remaining rounds of the season, details of which will be announced in due course.
We have lost ground in the Manufacturers Championship in recent rallies, so the difficult decision to adjust crews has been made in an effort to close the gap to M-Sport in the final three rounds.
Reaching this decision was not easy, but we felt it was necessary to reaffirm ourselves in the championship battle, said our Team Principal Michel. Discussions with Andreas have been ongoing since he was out of a drive but we had nothing to offer him, as our line-up was fixed. However, with us losing ground, we decided to re-evaluate the situation. We had an open discussion with all three of our crews, and informed them of our decision to make this adjustment. The precise line-up for Spain has been made, but we will confirm our crews for Wales and Australia in due course. For now, though, we welcome Andreas and Anders into Hyundai Motorsport and look forward to getting our 2017 championship back on track from Spain onwards.
Andreas added: I am delighted to be joining Hyundai Motorsport and to be back in the WRC for the next three rallies. It is a great team with some very talented people, and the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC has proven itself to be a winning car on every surface. I had the chance to test on gravel earlier this year. I had a really positive feeling, which I am sure we will find again in these last three events of the season. My aim is to do all I can to help the team in the Manufacturers Championship. I have a great belief in them and the car, so I am super excited. Anders and I are ready for this and we hope it will be the start of something more long-term.
Andreas Mikkelsen Factfile
Date of birth: 22 June 1989 (Age 28)
WRC debut: Wales Rally GB 2006
WRC starts: 84 (up to Rallye Deutschland 2017)
WRC wins: 3 (Spain 2015, Poland and Australia 2016)
WRC stage wins: 74
Best WRC Drivers Championship result: 3rd (2014, 2015, 2016)
Anders Jæger-Synnevaag Factfile
Date of birth: 29 July 1989 (Age 28)
WRC debut: Rally de España 2014
WRC starts: 28 (up to Rallye Deutschland 2017)