Hyundai hints at star guest driver for Monza

Hyundai could add a "proper guest" to its driver lineup for the season-ending Monza Rallly


Hyundai Motorsport team principal Andrea Adamo is keen to see more i20 Coupe WRCs competing at the World Rally Championship season finale in Monza – and has targeted a star driver of his own for the Italian event.

As a long-time supporter of the Monza Rally Show, Hyundai is keen to make sure the show is worth watching in December. But there won’t be any extra Rally1 cars for next month’s Ypres Rally.

“In Ypres no [cars], in Monza, I don’t know,” Adamo told DirtFish. “And if I do it, it will be for different reasons. I don’t know if it may help for the drivers’ championship [to have more cars there] we have to see the rules, but it could be [more cars] in Monza. It would be great to have more WRC (Rally1) cars.

“If you have a proper guest that can raise the attention, we have to take the opportunities that we have to raise the attention of the people in the World Rally Championship. I cannot deny that I am working with somebody to try to have more cars there.

“But I will not tell you who.”

Asked if he was targeting Valentino Rossi, Adamo replied: “I don’t tell you.”

Asked if he would consider entering Craig Breen and Dani Sordo to Monza, Adamo said: “Breen and Sordo? I don’t know. I never thought about that, maybe.”

Both drivers would be keen to join Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak on the final round of the championship in official cars and both have a strong pedigree on the circuit-based northern Italian event.

Sordo, who won Rally de Cóbreces in an i20 R5 car on Saturday, told DirtFish: “It would be nice to go to Monza. It’s a good event.”

Words:David Evans

Photo:Hyundai Motorsport