Stohl signs privateer Hyundai deal

Austrian privateer Manfred Stohl will drive an MSD-run Hyundai Accent WRC in four rounds of the 2003 FIA World Rally Championship, starting in Greece next month

Stohl signs privateer Hyundai deal

The former Group N champion will begin his Hyundai programme on the Acropolis Rally, a rally he has contested on five occasions. Following that he will head to Rallye Deutschland in July, Rally Australia in September and finish his season off with Wales Rally GB in November.

Stohl, who will continue with co-driver Ilka Minor, said: "I am very happy to get the support of a works team. The World Rally Championship events selected are a good mix for me. I was really surprised that everything happened so quickly.

"Now what I have to do is continue my good performance as a private driver for the works-supported team. We feel the pressure, too, of being in the limelight of the whole rally scene."

Hyundai World Rally Team Principal David Whitehead added: "Manfred is one of the most talented drivers and it is unbelievable that he already has 72 Championship starts, and with great success. We are pleased to announce this partnership and are confident it will be a successful one."

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