Five Hyundai WRC entries for Rally Spain, as Solans replaces Loubet

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The Hyundai 2C Competition team has recruited Solans for next week’s penultimate round of the WRC on tarmac after Loubet was forced out of the season due to a broken hip caused by a car accident.

The 29-year-old Spaniard will bring a wealth of local knowledge to the team that raced in the Spanish Rally Championship last year, winning the gravel championship title. Solans is also a former Junior WRC champion after winning the title in 2017.

This season, Solans has been competing in the European Rally Championship, ranking seventh in the standings with a better result of fourth at the season opener in Poland.

Solans will be accompanied by experienced co-driver Marc Martí, who has co-driven Jesús Puras, Carlos Sainz and Dani Sordo in the WRC.

Rallye Team Spain, led by Solans in the ERC, has revealed the news of its driver’s promotion to the WRC category.

“A duo from Rallye Team España were promoted to the first WRC class for the first time,” read a post on the team’s social media pages.

“Nil Solans and Marc Martí are going to represent in the Rally de España, the project of young talents managed by the Spanish Automobile Federation, driving a Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC.

“A great dream comes true.”

WRC3 podium: winner Nil Solans, Miquel Ibáñez, Ford Fiesta R2

Photo by: Sutton Images

Solans will drive a fifth Hyundai i20 at the event, joining factory drivers Thierry Neuville, Ott Tanak, Dani Sordo and Oliver Solberg, who will make their asphalt debut in the WRC.

Solberg will join Hyundai’s factory team next season after landing in the team’s third car that he will share with Sordo.

Solberg, the son of 2003 WRC champion Petter, will effectively replace Craig Breen, who moved to M-Sport Ford after three years as a part-time Hyundai driver. The Irishman has secured a two-year contract with the British squad.

The Rally of Spain will be held in 17 stages, all on asphalt, starting next Friday.

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