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Hyundai pair set for ERC opener

Hyundai pair set for ERC opener

06/02/2018 12:00

Armindo Araújo and Carlos Vieira are set to contest the opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship in Hyundai i20 R5s backed by the make’s Portuguese importer.

Hyundai Portugal is supporting Araújo and Vieira in a national championship campaign this season. And with the CPR including the ERC season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye as its second round, Araújo and Vieira will go head-to-head with the ERC regulars.

Araújo and Vieira are formidable talents. Araújo is a double Production world champion and four-time Portuguese title winner, while Vieira is the defending national champion.

Having won on his last appearance in the Azores in 2006, Araújo is “very pleased to have Hyundai Portugal’s support in this return to competition and very motivated to drive the Hyundai i20 R5. We have created an ambitious project and we will work towards winning.”

Vieira, who placed ninth in the Azores last year, said: “It’s a huge pride for me to represent Hyundai, it’s something that I always dreamed of being able to participate in a project supported by a brand. I am very motivated and aware of the responsibility of defending Hyundai’s colours in CPR.”

The Azores Airlines Rallye takes place from 22-24 March.

Araújo is pictured left with co-driver Miguel Ramalho (Photo: Hyundai.pt)

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