Ahead of his debut for our team at Rally de España, we have announced that Andreas Mikkelsen has signed a two-year deal for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The Norwegian will pair up with his co-driver Anders to compete in all rounds of the 13-event calendar next year in one of our i20 Coupe WRC cars.
“I am delighted that Hyundai Motorsport has offered me the chance to return to the WRC ‘properly’ with a full-time seat for 2018 and 2019,” said Andreas. “Even before my first rally with the team, I feel that I have settled in quickly. It is clear to me that I am joining a world-class team with realistic chances of fighting for both Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championships. I look forward to helping achieve these goals from Rallye Monte-Carlo next year, and making my own presence felt in the drivers’ title.”
Our Team Principal Michel was equally full of praise for our latest signing: “Andreas is one of those rally drivers who fits in quickly and just gets straight down to business. From the few times he has already been to visit the factory in Alzenau, his determination and professionalism have shone through. We are pleased to have him on board in a full-time capacity for two seasons.”
Andreas has already enjoyed his first taste of the i20 Coupe WRC in preparation for Spain. Michel said of his testing: “He has delivered us positive and useful feedback. He has also driven our i20 R5, which has further allowed him to integrate into all areas of our team. We can’t wait to see him in action as a Hyundai Motorsport driver in the final three events of this season, into next year – and beyond.”
Our existing crews of Thierry/Nicolas, Dani/Marc and Hayden/Seb will all remain under contract for 2018.