Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing manager Andrew Johns, who was responsible for the marque’s involvement in WRC2 and its wider programs with the i20 N Rally2 and i20 R5, will leave the company next month.
Johns is the second high-profile departure from the beleaguered Hyundai works operation in as many months, with his exit following Andrea Adamo’s decision to depart the team he led to two world titles at the end of last season.
The decision for Johns to leave the role he took up at the start of 2019 was taken mutually between the Alzenau-based team and himself.
Hyundai Motorsport offered DirtFish the following explanation: “Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Manager Andrew Johns will leave the company by mutual consent due to personal reasons.
“He will remain in his role until March 13, 2022 in order to maintain uninterrupted service to our customer teams with the i20 R5 and i20 N Rally2, as well as our range of TCR-specification cars.
“He will help ensure a smooth transition of contacts and information to his replacement, whose confirmation in this highly important role is a high priority within Hyundai Motorsport, as we continue to reassess the wider company structure.
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“The work of others within the Customer Racing department, including the customer support engineers and aftersales team responsible for spare parts continues unaffected.”
Deputy team director Julien Moncet will take up Johns’ role as well as heading up the factory team’s efforts to rectify a troubled start to the year in Monte Carlo.