MSD prepares legal action against Hyundai

Hyundai will not complete the World Rally Championship due to a financial dispute with UK engineering company Motor Sport Developments, which has operated its Accent WRC cars. MSD's MD, David Whitehead, has confirmed that his Milton Keynes company is now preparing a legal action against the South Korean manufacturer

MSD prepares legal action against Hyundai

In a statement, Whitehead said: "The simple fact is that Hyundai have failed to honour their payment obligations to MSD and we cannot continue if we do not get paid. Hyundai have no contractual basis whatsoever to withhold any payments from us. I can only assume Hyundai had no intention to complete the programme despite their assurances in the past.

"It is my absolute resolve to take this all the way to the courts so that the situation can be put right. My lawyers are currently preparing the case from which the record will be set straight.

"I am saddened by the manner in which this programme has finished and in particular I would like to pay tribute to the 100 staff who have been made redundant, despite doing an excellent job in very difficult circumstances. I would also like to extend my thanks to the suppliers and drivers who have stood by the team in this trying period.

"In my 28 years of motorsport, I have never come across a situation like this where the departure of a manufacturer from a major motorsport championship has been executed so poorly, causing such damage and ill feeling within the sport. It truly is unprecedented."

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