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WRC : The Ultimate Challenge

Rallying is the purest test of man and machine, in which drivers and their co-drivers fight for victory on all kinds of terrain. The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is the undisputed pinnacle of the sport, where the world’s best drivers and their co-drivers vie for glory.

Unlike circuit-based racing, rally drivers compete individually in short, timed stages with the aim of recording the fastest time. The ever-changing landscape helps contribute to rally’s reputation as one of the most exciting forms of motorsport in the world. This is underscored by the sheer exhilaration of WRC.

First run in 1973, the competition continues to attract the world’s leading automotive manufacturers, like Hyundai, to this day. Held from January to November, the WRC takes teams, drivers and fans on a whistle-stop tour of the world – from the wilds of Northern and Southern Europe to the vast plains of Australia and the Mexican desert. Fans flock to these WRC events to get up close and personal with the cars and drivers, while many more millions follow rallies on TV, radio and online. It’s continued popularity is testament to the sporting and technical challenges the WRC poses.



Ever wondered what makes a WRC crew such a potent partnership? We caught up with each of our driving duos to find out more about them as individuals and what makes them work so well as a team. Discover all about their careers so far, as well as their hobbies and highlights right here.

Sébastien & Daniel

Sébastien Loeb

WRC’s most decorated and revered driver, Sébastien Loeb has amassed 9 world rally championship titles in a career that has spanned 20 years. A champion gymnast in his teens, Loeb switched to motorsport in the mid-90’s and would go onto attain legendary status. The so-called ‘GOAT’ of WRC joined Hyundai Motorsport for a 6-rally campaign in 2019.

Profil Sébastien

Daniel Elena

Daniel Elena is the most successful co-driver in WRC history, having taken 79 victories alongside Sébastien Loeb. He started out as a driver in the French club rally scene and became a co-driver in 1997. The crew made a spectacular return from retirement in 2018 – and Daniel joins Sébastien again for 6 events for Hyundai Motorsport in 2019.

Profil Daniel

Thierry & Nicolas

Thierry Neuville

From his rally debut at age 19, Belgian star Thierry Neuville has always demonstrated raw speed and natural talent behind the wheel of rally machinery. He finished seventh in his debut WRC season in 2012, a prelude to a 2013 championship challenge.

Profile Thierry

Nicolas Gilsoul

Nicolas Gilsoul has sat alongside Thierry Neuville since 2011 but has been a co-driver since 2000. It was joining forces with Neuville that unlocked a rally-winning partnership, with initial successes in Tour de Corse and Rallye Sanremo, which led to a full-time WRC drive in 2012 and seventh place finish. He was awarded the Michael Park ‘Beef’ Trophy in 2013 for his contribution to Neuville’s second place in the championship.

Profile Nicolas

Andreas & Anders

Andreas Mikkelsen

Andreas Mikkelsen initially began his sporting career on the slopes when, at the age of 12, he joined the Norwegian junior ski team. A knee injury prompted a switch to rallying at the age of 16. From there, he became the youngest driver to score a championship point in Rally Sweden 2008 at 17 years and 233 days old.

Profile Andreas

Anders Jæger

A relative latecomer to co-driving, Anders Jæger started his career in his native Norway alongside Bernt Kollevold in the 2014 Norwegian Rally Championship. He quickly proved himself to compete during the remainder of 2014 and 2015 with another fellow Norwegian, Ole Christian Veiby. Such was their potential that the Junior WRC and European Rally Championship were added to their programme. Together, they scored five podiums in the 2015 Junior WRC and took the championship runner-up spot.

Profile Anders

Dani & Carlos

Dani Sordo

Dani Sordo is one of the WRC’s most seasoned drivers. In a career that started in motocross, karting and hill climbing, Sordo moved into rallying in 2001 and has not looked back since.

A string of runner-up results over the years led to a debut 2013 WRC win in Germany, shortly before he joined Hyundai Motorsport in 2014. He claimed second in the young team’s momentous 1-2 in Germany that year, before adding to his podium success in 2015 with third place in his native Spain.

Profile Dani

Carlos del Barrio

Carlos del Barrio has built up an enviable experience in co-driving, rallying alongside some of the biggest names in Spain. His first foray came in 1987 when he entered Rally Vidal de la Peña, but it was in 1994 when he took part for the first in WRC with Jesus Puras. This partnership had tremendous success in their native Spain, winning three Spanish Rally Championships.

Profile Carlos


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Hyundai i20 Coupe   Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
blue 1,0 T-GDi Type Hyundai Motorsport turbocharged
engine with direct injection
120 HP Performance 380 HP
172 NM Torque ~ 450 NM
6 speed manual Transmission 6 speed sequential
Front wheel drive Drive Train Four wheel drive
10.2 sec 0 – 100 km/h < 4 sec

Calendar 2018

number, flag, rally, date and more information button in this table
1 Rallye Monte-Carlo 25 – 28 January 2018 More Information
2 Rallye Sweden 15 – 18 February 2018 More Information
3 Rally Mexico 08 – 11 March 2018 More Information
4 Tour de Corse 05 – 08 April 2018 More Information
5 Rally Argentina 26 – 29 April 2018 More Information
6 Rally de Portugal 17 – 20 May 2018 More Information
7 Rally Italia Sardegna 07 – 10 June 2018 More Information
8 Rally Finland 26 – 29 July 2018 More Information
9 Rallye Deutschland 16 – 19 August 2018 More Information
10 Rally Turkey 13 – 16 September 2018  
11 Wales Rally GB 04 – 07 October 2018 More Information
12 Rally de España 25 – 28 October 2018 More Information
13 Rally Australia 15 – 18 November 2018 More Information