World rally star Sordo set for ERC action in Zlín
Dani Sordo will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut on Barum Czech Rally Zlín next month, driving a Hyundai i20 R5 on the all-asphalt spectacular.
Sordo, a one-time winner in the world championship, is renowned for his Tarmac-driving prowess and has been called on to demonstrate the capabilities of the Korean machine to potential customers when the event takes place from 24-26 August as the sixth round of the 2018 ERC season.
“Barum Czech Rally Zlín is a major event in a country with a very strong rallying culture,” said Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Deputy General Manager Andrea Adamo. “As one of the key rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship it is one of the biggest rallies, in one of the most influential and competitive series for the R5 category. Because of this it is very important for us, as a manufacturer with a customer rallying programme to be represented in the ERC. The opportunity to have Dani Sordo in a Hyundai i20 R5 is a great chance to have another of the leading Tarmac rally drivers show the capabilities of the car. We know the rally entry will be rich with local drivers and teams, but we are confident that the combination of Dani and the car can compete for the victory.”
Spaniard Sordo, who will compete in the Czech Republic one week after contesting Germany’s round of the world championship in a Hyundai i20 Coupe World Rally Car, said: “Barum Czech Rally Zlín is a very special event and I know it will be tough for me as I will compete there for the first time. There will be some very fast drivers that are used to race there, but we are up for the challenge and to do our best.”
Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “It’s great news that Hyundai Motorsport has chosen the ERC to further showcase its Hyundai i20 R5 and recruited a driver of Dani Sordo’s calibre. He’s got a very strong record on Tarmac events and we look forward to watching him go up against the top stars from the ERC and the young drivers in the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship for R5 cars, who I am sure will be keen to prove their talent on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, one of the highlights of the ERC season.”
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