Hyundai Motorsport will field one car and two drivers when Thierry Neuville and Andreas Mikkelsen share an i20 WRC at the Monza Rally next month.
Neuville and Mikkelsen are both well acquainted with the left-hand seat in a Hyundai, but the December 1-3 rally will be the first time both have co-driven competitively.
Hyundai is a long-time supporter of the Italian event – the Korean squad launched its 2017 i20 Coupe WRC there last season – and Neuville admitted he’s been keen to return since his Monza debut two years ago.
“After taking part in 2015 and finishing second behind Valentino Rossi, I could not wait to go back,” said the Belgian.
“I really enjoyed it then and I'm sure sharing a car with Andreas this time will be even more amusing! The audience is extraordinary in Monza and it is always a pleasure to drive with so much support from the fans.”
Mikkelsen takes his Monza bow next month, but he and Neuville will have to be on their guard with the stages around the circuit containing tricky sections with merging junctions.
Neuville’s Norwegian’s teammate is, however, focused on the fun factor.
“I'm sure we will have a lot of fun,” said Mikkelsen. “It will be my first time in Monza but I have heard a lot about the event and its passionate fans. We will do our best to entertain the spectators.”
Hyundai’s Italian dream team will have their work cut chasing victory at Monza following the news that Rossi, the event’s most successful competitor, will head the entry list (pictured below).
The all-asphalt, nine-stage event starts on Friday December 1.