NEWS: Dani Sordo To UK Debut Hyundai i20 WRC At Goodwood FOS
Another fab reason to get over to Goodwood this year – the ace new Hyundai i20 World Rally Car will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 26-29 with Spanish super star Dani Sordo behind the wheel. Ola!
This year’s Festival of Speed theme is ‘Addicted to Winning’ and the Korean manufacturer, which re-entered the World Rally Championship this year with the Hyundai i20 WRC, has already proved its credentials with a maiden podium finish on Rally Mexico – only the car’s third event.
Spanish driver Sordo, 31, whose addiction to winning was realised last year with a maiden WRC victory on Rallye Deutschland, has taken 36 World Championship podium finishes during his career and secured the Junior World Rally Championship title in 2005.
Sordo, a factory driver in the World Championship since 2006, will demonstrate the turbocharged Hyundai i20 WRC twice on Goodwood’s iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival of Speed.
He will also take to the loose surface of the Forest Rally Stage – which will be run against the clock for the first time this year – for two runs on each day. Among his rivals during the Festival of Speed weekend will be former World Rally champions Sebastien Loeb and Bjorn Waldegard.
Following the Festival of Speed, the i20 WRC will not be seen in action in the UK until Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship, Rally GB, is held in November.
Dani Sordo, Hyundai Motorsport driver, said: “I am delighted to be showcasing the Hyundai i20 WRC car to the crowds for the first time in the UK public at such an iconic event in the motor sport calendar. As a driver, it’s great to be a part of a Festival that celebrates the great and the good in motor sport and which engages with so many fans from across the globe.”
Can't wait to see that in action on the forest rally stage, and up the hill, sideways. You?