Citroen have said that their future is secure for now, and that they are considering entering the WTCC in 2014. Even if they leave rallying, that’s not necessarily a bad thing – they are said to be paying their drivers more than what Ford is spending on their entire WRC programme. And Toyota are believed to be evaluating a return to rallying in 2014 as well.
A rare bit of good news for this season and it’s a great sign that manufacturers are still willing to give to a sport that has really suffered in so many ways this year. The car looks like a simple, unassuming beast but very nice. I wonder who will be driving it?
Thierry Neuville will lead the team, contesting all events, with Dani Sordo, Juho Hanninen and Chris Atkinson sharing the car. It is expected that they are the only drivers who will compete with it, but so far, Hyundai have only confirmed that Sordo will do the Monte, Hanninen will do Finland, and Atkinson will do Australia.
I have a 2009 Accent… it’s a car. Whatever gas savings it was intended for has been rendered irrelevant by my right foot and a just-barely-over-100hp engine that needs “encouragement” to get it up to speed.
What I’m hoping for is Hyundai to start making some enthusiast models (like Ford does with their ST models). I’d love to see a Hyundai Accent/i20 WRX STi (or whatever combination of letters/numbers suits their fancy, I think they selected ‘N’ or something for their “performance” trim).