Alzenau, Germany / This is literally a 24X7 saga—a 24-hour rally and a seven-member crew. This year the Nurburgring 24 Hours will see Hyundai Motorsport return with a two-car entry and a seven-member crew. Two TCR-specification designs—i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR—and a team with a strong driver line-up will be in the race to improve their ranking from the second place in 2019.
The seven drivers will be led by Manuel Lauck, in the i30 N TCR along with Luca Engstler, Antti Buri and Hari Proczyk. On the Veloster N TCR with Lauck will be three other drivers: Marc Basseng, Moritz Oestreich and Peter Terting. Lauck, Basseng and Engstler completed a trouble-free run in the recent six-hour VLN5 race on the Nordschleife where the Veloster N TCR finished inside the top-40 overall.
With around 160 teams sharing the track each year, the Nordschleife and the 24 Hours are notoriously grueling and unpredictable in the 25km circuit. The endurance options for long-distance championships include ABS system, additional lights and a quick refueling system. The Nürburgring and the 24 Hours has remained a key date in the season for Hyundai Motorsport and builds upon the story of the manufacturer at the circuit.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: “The Nürburgring 24 Hours is always one of the most challenging races of the season, and this year it will be even tougher for everyone as it is later in the year. In our team we have all the ingredients to be able to win the class. We have an excellent driver line-up for the event, and the performance of the i30 N TCR and Veloster N TCR is undoubted, as we have seen several times both on the Nordschleife and in TCR series around the world.”
Established in December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Customer Racing and electric racing projects. In WRC, Hyundai Motorsport quickly established a strong reputation taking victory in its debut season in 2014. The team finished as runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship on three consecutive occasions between 2016 and 2018 before claiming its maiden title in 2019.
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company leads the Hyundai Motor Group, an innovative business structure capable of circulating resources from molten iron to finished cars. Hyundai Motor has eight manufacturing bases and seven design and technical centers worldwide and in 2017 sold about 4.5 million vehicles globally. With more than 110,000 employees worldwide, Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product lineup with localized models and strives to strengthen its leadership in clean technology.
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