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    Hyundai confirms Solberg for Rally New Zealand line-up

    The 20-year-old is about to take a seat out subsequent month’s Acropolis Rally in Greece in favour of Dani Sordo as a part of the staff’s break up driver roster for its third I20 N entry.

    Nevertheless, the South Korean marque has at this time confirmed that Solberg will return to the wheel of the i20 N for the next gravel occasion in New Zealand (29 September – 2 October).

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    New Zealand is about to return to the WRC this 12 months for the primary time since 2012, when Sebastien Loeb emerged victorious. The occasion was anticipated to rejoin rallying’s high tier in 2020 however has been cancelled for the final two seasons because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Affirmation of Solberg’s return to the manufacturing facility Hyundai seat arrives after scoring his profession finest WRC results of fourth eventually weekend’s Ypres Rally Belgium.

    “Very excited to verify we’ll be again within the Rally1 automobile when the legendary Rally New Zealand makes a comeback to the WRC calendar subsequent month,” stated Solberg, the son of 2003 world champion Petter Solberg.

    “The rally and the roads there are iconic, however on the identical time it’ll be new for nearly everybody – which is generally good for me! My dad additionally gained the rally again in 2004, so hopefully he can provide me some suggestions.”

    Oliver Solberg, Elliott Edmondson, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1

    Oliver Solberg, Elliott Edmondson, Hyundai World Rally Workforce Hyundai i20 N Rally1

    Picture by: Fabien Dufour / Hyundai Motorsport

    The complete entry checklist for Rally New Zealand is but to be launched however the occasion might mark the return of eight-time world champion Sebastien Ogier, who confirmed to Autosport in June that New Zealand was on the Toyota driver’s want checklist.

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    Hyundai is but to declare its plan for the third automobile for the remaining two rounds of the season in Spain and Japan that comply with New Zealand.

    Subsequent month’s Acropolis Rally might be Sordo’s third outing of the season with the Spaniard regarded as more likely to return for his dwelling spherical in Spain in October, which was the case final season, when he shared the third automobile with Craig Breen. 

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