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Hyundai Confirm WRC Comeback


Hyundai have announced their intention to return to the world of WRC by unveiling a rally-ready version of the new i20 at the Paris Motor Show.

The Korean manufacturer last featured in the series in 2003, three years after it first stepped up to the top level of the sport. Back then, the weapon of choice was the Accent WRC, piloted by the likes of Alister McRae, brother of the late, great Colin. Despite achieving a best overall finish of 4th in the championship, Hyundai were never really able to challenge the big four of Subaru, Ford, Peugeot and Mitsubishi. After pulling out, a planned return in 2006 never materialised and the manufacturer has been in exile ever since.

Hyundai could enter the fray as early as next season, coinciding with VW’s long awaited comeback. The news came on the day that Citroen confirmed its participation in the 2013 championship with a three pronged line up of DS3 WRCs.

The 2012 WRC continues with Rallye de France from 4-7 October, where Sebastien Loeb could wrap up the championship on home turf.