WRC 2019: Sordo’s part-time Hyundai deal to be announced this week

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Dani Sordo will be confirmed as a Hyundai driver for another part-time programme in next year’s World Rally Championship this week.

The Spaniard’s deal has been expected for some time, and Autosport understands it was only held up by the absence of a calendar for him and the team to decide which seven rallies he will contest in 2019.

Asked last week about Sordo’s progress this season, team principal Michel Nandan told Autosport: “Dani’s had one of his best years, maybe even his best.

“He has been really strong and fast all of the time. He’s as motivated as he’s ever been.”

Sordo has scored two podiums from seven starts this season, and briefly led his home Rally Spain event at the weekend before finishing fifth.

The deal will mean Sordo is Hyundai’s third confirmed driver for 2019, with Hayden Paddon widely expected to be confirmed for the other half season in an i20 Coupe he and Sordo will again share next year.

Thierry Neuville’s new three-year deal with the manufacturer was confirmed last month, while Andreas Mikkelsen has an existing contract which runs into next season.

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