i30 N TCR customers ready for 2019 campaigns
Though the wait continues for the majority of TCR series seasons to begin Hyundai Motorsport customers are already confirming their plans for the year ahead.
After impressing in national championships in 2018 Swedish siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman will move to TCR Europe this year, stepping into the i30 N TCR with Target Competition for the seven-round season, which begins in April at the Hungaroring.
Another young talent – Max Hesse – has also confirmed a switch to the i30 N TCR for 2019. The TCR Germany rookie champion will make his attack on the series title with Hyundai Team Engstler this year, joining Théo Coicaud who will start his second year with a Hyundai at the season opener at Oschersleben.
2019 will also see the debut of the Hyundai i30 N TCR in the TCR Asia Series. Established race team Eurasia Motorsport will take two cars to the series this year. Already confirmed for the campaign is driver one-make series champion Daniel Miranda, who returns to Touring Cars after a season in single-seaters. The identity of the second driver for the team will be confirmed at a later date.
Team Hyundai Portugal launches squad for 2019 national series
After taking Armindo Araújo to the title in their debut season with the i20 R5 Team Hyundai Portugal will return to the national championship with a two-car assault for 2019. Araújo will defend his title with co-driver Luís Ramalho, and they will be joined at the team by new recruits Bruno Magalhães and Hugo Magalhães. The pair will make their i20 R5 debut when the series begins with the Rali Serras de Fafe next month. Both crews were part of the team’s official launch event, revealing the cars for the year in front of gathered media as their testing ramps up for the start of the season.
The two Portuguese crews, supported by Hyundai Portugal, will be joined at the event by Hyundai Motorsport’s WRC crew of Dani Sordo and Carlos del Barrio, who will run in the i20 R5 as part of the preparation for Rally México.