The Hyundai Shell World Rally Team is gearing up for the start of the 13-leg 2014 World Rally Championship season, which kicks off this week at the Rallye Monte Carlo.
With just six months and 8,000km of testing under its belt, the Hyundai Shell World Rally Team will be up against experienced competitors in one of the toughest rounds on the WRC calendar.
Despite Hyundai Motorsport's achievement of preparing two Hyundai i20 WRC cars just a year after the company's establishment, it has set realistic objectives for its initial rallies this year: to accumulate as much mileage as possible with both cars and to gain valuable experience in competition, with each rally marking another step forward in the team's ongoing development.
"We have established a young team of highly talented professionals at our factory for this moment," said team principal Michel Nandan. "At Rallye Monte Carlo, the huge amount of work that we have collectively carried out so far will be put into practice. This rally has been the first major target in our development schedule and finally we're there; it's a hugely significant and special moment for us all. Of course, the 'Monte' is a complicated and unpredictable event to start with, but it's great to debut on such an iconic rally. We have not set any results targets because our first priority is to finish the rally with both cars, to learn as much as possible, and to use that as a base to improve for the following events."