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Sebastien Loeb set for WRC’s Rally Chile as Hyundai picks line-up

Hyundai has announced nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will contest Rally Chile in May, while the dropped Andreas Mikkelsen returns to take on both Argentina and Chile.

Loeb had been confirmed for Rally Monte Carlo and Rally Sweden, before Hyundai dropped Andreas Mikkelsen to run Loeb and Dani Sordo alongside Thierry Neuville in the Tour of Corsica this weekend.

Loeb took fourth and seventh in Monte Carlo and Sweden respectively, in what his first season of regular rallying in a car not built by the PSA group since 2000.

After missing this weekend’s Tour of Corsica, Mikkelsen will return for Rally Argentina (24-28 April) and Rally Chile (10-12 May), the latter alongside Loeb and the former alongside Sordo.

Hyundai team director Andrea Adamo said: “When looking at our line-up for these events we wanted to deliver a mix of consistency and also offer the opportunity to all our crews.

“Thierry and Andreas will participate in both events [Argentina and Chile] and will be ready to compete at the highest level.

“For Dani, Argentina is an important rally and we hope he will be able to show the same high rhythm and performance that he demonstrated in Mexico (where he was running second until an electrical fault stopped the car).

“Sebastien’s experience is like no other in WRC so to be able to make use of that in our first visit to Chile will be very important for us as a team.”

While Adamo insists there have been no decisions taken about rounds beyond Chile, Hyundai is expected to retain its Corsican line-up of Neuville, Loeb and Sordo for Germany and Spain.

Both are predominantly asphalt although Spain is mixed-surface.

All three drivers have won in Germany and Loeb scored his first WRC success in five years in Spain last October.

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