Dani Sordo will stay with Hyundai Motorsport until the end of 2018 with the Spaniard agreeing to a new two-year deal the Korean outfit.
The Spaniard, who has been with Hyundai since its return to the World Rally Championship in 2014, equalled his best result for the team when he claimed his third podium in the i20 WRC Car at ADAC Rallye Deutschland on Monday.
It promoted him to sixth in the drivers’ standings, eight points behind third-placed team-mate Hayden Paddon, despite missing the previous round in Finland after breaking a vertebra in his back during a heavy testing shunt.
The team has expressed its wish to retain test driver Kevin Abbring but speculation continues to link Thierry Neuville with a move away from the Alzenau-based team.
“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,” said Sordo.
“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,” he added.
Team principal Michel Nandan emphasized the importance of Sordo to the squad.
“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,” he said.