Suninen is set to share the third Hyundai Rally1 car with Sordo for the rest of 2023

Teemu Suninen expresses his interest to return in World Rally Championship even with sharing the third Hyundai i20N Rally1 with Dani Sordo for the remaining WRC rounds of this year saying that he had already tested this car in 2022 and is sure that he can perform well on fast gravel rallies.

After the sudden passing of Craig Breen on April 13 during his test for Croatia Rally, Hyundai is examining its options for the rest of 2023 as Dani Sordo is committed to his partial programme and does not want to compete in all the remaining WRC rounds. As Cyril Abiteboul stated, the team is searching for a long-term partnership with a driver and is willing to invest in a young talent. According to DirtFish sources, the manager of Teemu Suninen is very close in on an agreement with Hyundai for the Finn driver to share the third i20N with Sordo while Oliver Solberg and Andreas Mikkelsen are among the potential candidates for the seat. Rally Estonia is about to start on July, therefore the management of Hyundai still has time to consider its options for which driver will join the squad for the remaining of 2023. Finally, it must be mentioned that Suninen has a contract with Hyundai Motorsport for this season and has participated in two WRC2 rounds so far while his next outing with the i20N Rally2 will be at Rally Italia Sardegna in nine days.

"My information is that it’s 50:50 for me to be in the car on some rallies", Suninen said.

"I don’t know what is happening, but at least I would see the fast rallies there are no people who have beaten me with the same car in Finland or Estonia. 

"I would see something to give them.

"Last year I had two days with the car, so I have some experience and I’m ready to step up. 

"I think there would be good chance to make some testing and come to the rallies.

"Of course, this is not the nice situation for the driver to be getting the chance this way, but this can sometimes be part of the rally".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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