Hyundai won't be in Sanremo

Hyundai will not take part in this weekend's Sanremo Rally. This follows a contractual dispute between the manufacturer and Motor Sport Developments, the outfit that runs its World Rally programme

Hyundai won't be in Sanremo

The manufacturer is pulling out of world rallying at the end of the season, with the intention of coming back into the sport with a new car in 2006. However the team had planned to contest the final four rounds of the 2003 campaign, starting this weekend in Italy.

But drivers Freddy Loix and Armin Schwarz have not turned up at the recce for the event (which started today) and the team will not be contesting round eleven of the season.

It is understood that Hyundai is currently withholding payment to MSD until the dispute is resolved and as Schwarz explains, a team cannot compete unless is has finances. "I can understand the point: if we have no money, we can't do any rallies," said Schwarz. "But I do not believe or understand that the situation should go this far.

"We know that if we had done the rally, we wouldn't have done any testing and only a couple of runs at shakedown and our aim would only have been to finish the rally - and that is not very satisfactory."

The team's plans for the rest of the season are still in doubt, but both Hyundai and MSD have stated that when the dispute is resolved they want to return to action as soon as possible.Team boss David Whitehead said: "It is our wish to carry on in the championship. If the dispute is resolved we will be perfectly able to get all the cars out for the rest of the season."

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