The Goodwood Estate in Chichester England announced via press release on Wednesday, May 14, that the Hyundai i20 World Rally Car will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS) held June 26-29. Spanish rally star Dani Sordo will take the wheel.
The Korean manufacturer re-entered the World Rally Championship this year with the Hyundai i20 WRC and has already taken a podium finish on Rally Mexico – the car’s third event.
Sordo, 31, won a WRC victory on Rallye Deutschland and has taken 36 World Championship podium finishes during his career. He won the Junior World Rally Championship title in 2005.
During Goodwood’s iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival of Speed, Sordo, a factory driver in the World Championship since 2006, will twice demonstrate the turbocharged Hyundai i20 WRC.
He will also take to the loose surface of the Forest Rally Stage – which will be run against the clock for the first time this year – for two runs each day. Among his rivals during the Festival of Speed weekend will be former World Rally champions Sebastien Loeb and Bjorn Waldegard.
After the Festival of Speed, the i20 WRC will not be seen in action again in the UK until Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship, Rally GB, held in November.
Sordo commented about his participation: "I am delighted to be showcasing the Hyundai i20 WRC car to the crowds for the first time in the UK public at such an iconic event in the motor sport calendar. As a driver, it’s great to be a part of a Festival that celebrates the great and the good in motor sport and which engages with so many fans from across the globe."
Goodwood's Festival is a summer celebration of speed including historic race cars, motorcycles, Formula 1 cars, rally cars, planes, and more. The theme of this year's Festival of Speed is "Addicted to Winning." The June 26-29 event is open to the public for an admission charge.