World Rally Championship

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

Thierry & Martijn

Belgian Thierry will be entering his tenth season with our team in 2023, so it’s safe to say he knows us inside-out. His hard work throughout his decade with us has helped us to attain two manufacturers’ titles in WRC. Joining him in the co-driver’s seat for a third year will be Martijn, following two positive seasons together as a crew. The pair already have four WRC wins to their name, including a home victory at Ypres Rally Belgium.

Esapekka & Janne

Esapekka & Janne

The pairing of Esapekka and Janne joins us in 2023, running the full 13-event WRC calendar in our hybrid-powered i20 N Rally1 Hybrid. The Finns bring with them multiple years of WRC experience, eight podiums and a victory at Rally Finland. While they are known for having fun and a laugh around the service park, once on the stages they are serious about success. Despite his extensive experience at the pinnacle of rallying, Esapekka is the youngest driver in our 2023 line-up.

Dani & Cándido

Dani & Cándido

Following a strong 2022 WRC season – the Spaniards claimed three podiums – Dani and Cándido will once again compete in our i20 N Rally1 Hybrid for select events in 2023. The gravel specialists have amassed a total of five podiums from eight events as a partnership, an impressive 63% conversion rate. The upcoming season will mark Dani’s tenth with the team, and third with Cándido by his side.

Teemu & Mikko

Teemu & Mikko

Teemu and Mikko are no strangers to our team, having contested WRC2 in our i20 N Rally2 between 2021 and 2023. In July, Teemu and Mikko will embark on a WRC campaign in our i20 N Rally1 Hybrid for the second half of the season, sharing our third car with Dani and Cándido. Their debut will be Rally Estonia, followed by an appearance in their home event of Rally Finland and further events to be announced.

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