Ever wondered what makes a WRC crew such a potent partnership? We caught up with each of our driving duos to find out more about them as individuals and what makes them work so well as a team. Discover all about their careers so far, as well as their hobbies and highlights right here.
Thierry & Martijn
Belgian Thierry will be entering his ninth season with our team in 2022, so it is safe to say he knows us inside and out: “The team and I have a great calibration; our hard work has seen us improve every year and resulted in two titles for the team,” says Thierry. Joining him in the co-driver’s seat for a second year will be Martijn, following a positive first season together as a crew in 2020. The pair already have two WRC wins to their name, including a home victory at Ypres Rally Belgium.
Ott & Martin
Ott and Martin joined the Hyundai Motorsport family in 2020 and enjoyed a successful first season with the team, achieving four podium finishes in seven races, including victory at their home event, Rally Estonia. They added an additional win plus three more podiums to their tally in 2021. The Estonian duo describe themselves as a “hard-working” (Ott) and “determined” (Martin). Their work ethic is an evident success of their partnership: “My pre-stage ritual is to make sure I have done all the things that are up to me so that the result is as good as possible,” says Martin, while Ott “relaxes and focusses.” The better mechanic of the two “is the same guy who normally gives a reason to fix something,” according to Martin. “So normally me!” echoes Ott. If they were to switch roles, Martin believes he would perform “very well – on the road section.” Ott is equally honest about his co-driving talent: “Bad.”
Dani & Cándido
After a strong end to the 2021 WRC season. Dani and Cándido will step into the cockpit of our new WRC car in 2022. The crew recorded two podiums in just three rallies together, including a third place finish on home soil, and will be aiming to continue their high-level performance as WRC enters a new hybrid era. The 2022 season will mark Dani’s ninth with the team, as he remains the only driver or co-driver from our first year in the series to still be competing for us.
Oliver & Elliott
Oliver Solberg & Elliott Edmonson Oliver and Elliott, who have a combined age of just 44 years, will team up to share our third Rally1 car with Dani and Cándido in 2022. It will mark the first WRC campaign for Oliver, who has showed great promise over the past few years in WRC2 and WRC3. The 20-year-old Swede will be joined by young Brit Elliott, who has competed in WRC on twelve occasions. Together, our newest crew will be aiming to hit the ground running and compete for podiums and wins throughout the season.