Hyundai to sit out Cyprus Rally

Hyundai will not send its Accent World Rally cars to the Cyprus Rally in September, but will use the time to prepare for asphalt rallies later in the season

Hyundai to sit out Cyprus Rally

The team, which lacks sealed-surface running time, leapt at the chance to rack up miles on asphalt stages when the China Rally was cancelled. However, even when the Cyprus Rally was confirmed in its place, the team decided to sit out the rally and continue with the test.

The Castrol Hyundai World Rally Team, run by the Milton Keynes-based Motor Sport Developments outfit, revealed that it had considered running in Cyprus, as drivers Kenneth Eriksson and Alister McRae have performed with increasing competitiveness on the loose in recent months. At the Rally New Zealand, McRae secured the team their first fastest stage time. However, despite the opportunity to accrue more points, the tarmac testing will go ahead, attended by both drivers.

"As Cyprus is a new event for everybody, we feel we could have put in a competitive performance using experience gained in Greece," said team principal David Whitehead. "But despite the recent solid performances, we recognise that more time needs to be spent on the tarmac specification of the Accent."

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