Hyundai keeps Dani Sordo for 2017 and '18 World Rally Championships

Hyundai has confirmed Dani Sordo will remain with the team for the next two World Rally Championship seasons

Hyundai keeps Dani Sordo for 2017 and '18 World Rally Championships

The 33-year-old Spaniard, who has competed at the WRC's highest level for the last 10 years, says he wants to fight for regular victories in the Korean firm's i20 WRC.

The 2013 Rally Germany winner said: "Hyundai Motorsport has become like a family to me, so I am pleased to extend my contract for two more seasons.

"My aim is to fight for WRC wins and podiums on a regular basis, and I know that is a realistic goal with this team.

"We've had our most successful season to date in 2016 but I know that there is so much more to come this season - and beyond."

Sordo joined Hyundai at the start of its WRC programme in 2014 and is impressed with the rapid development under Michel Nandan's guidance.

"I have had the pleasure of seeing and helping this young team grow into real contenders in just a few years and I am really excited to see where we can develop into the future, especially with the new regulations," he added.

Sordo's consistency - he has scored points for Hyundai on 20 of the 26 starts he has made with the team in the last three years - is one of the key drivers behind his new deal. He finished second in Germany last weekend, holding off team-mate Thierry Neuville by just one tenth of a second.

Nandan added: "We are delighted to continue our relationship with Dani as we look to build further on our inaugural years in the WRC.

"Since we joined the championship back in 2014, Dani has been an essential member of our team.

"He is motivated and consistent, helping us to develop both on and off rallies.

"We have shared many happy memories together, including their excellent result at the weekend.

"We can now look forward to even more positive progress in the future."

Sordo is the second member of Hyundai's 2017 WRC line-up to be confirmed, with the team having already extended Hayden Paddon's contract through to '18.

Neuville's plans for next season are yet to be announced.

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