The Korean producer has determined to not renew Alain Penasse’s contract and can restructure his workforce mid-season.
A key determine in Hyundai Motorsport’s return to the WRC since 2013, the Belgian has performed a job in constructing the workforce to make it, alongside Michel Nandan after which Andrea Adamo, an armada able to successful the world titles at builders in 2019 and 2020.
On the sidelines of the Safari Rally the place it skilled a brand new disillusion, Hyundai issued a short press launch confirming the departure from Penasse, whereas paying tribute to his work inside the construction based mostly in Alzenau. If his alternative has not but been introduced, the tip of his contract has been recorded on the finish of the subsequent spherical of the World Championship scheduled in Estonia from subsequent month.
“We will affirm that workforce supervisor Alain Penasse might be leaving Hyundai Motorsport after Rally Estonia in July”, can we learn in a press launch despatched to Motorsport.com.
“It was determined between Hyundai Motorsport and Alain Penasse that the contract wouldn’t be renewed and we took the chance to restructure our workforce with a clean switch to Rally Estonia. We wish to thank Alain for his main contribution to the success of the workforce and for his work over time. He has performed an essential function in constructing and managing the workforce because the begin of our WRC journey. “
Free of his workload with Hyundai, Penasse will subsequently be capable to concentrate on the group, of which he’s half, of the Ypres Rally which is able to combine the WRC calendar for the primary time in August in addition to the promotion of the Belgian Championship of Rallies.
The restructuring of the Hyundai workforce will come at a key level within the season because it lags behind Kenya 59 factors behind rival Toyota Gazoo Racing, its essential title contenders Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak being additionally gained in opposition to the chief Ogier.
Alongside its season, the workforce can be working arduous on the event of its new automobile in accordance with the WRC Rally1 hybrid rules which is able to come into impact subsequent yr. Hyundai launched photos of its new automobile final month, as testing continues forward of the brand new period of the World Rally Championship.