Hyundai technical workshop

The Partnership

Shell and Hyundai have been global partners since 2005, with a Global Aftermarket Agreement in place across 67 markets worldwide. As a reflection of the strength and depth of this association, Shell’s technical partnership aims to co-engineer a winning edge to Hyundai Motorsport, as it competes at the highest level of global rallying.

Extremes of temperature, altitude and road surface combine to give Shell and Hyundai the most breathtaking and extreme testing environment.

From the classic Rallye Monte-Carlo in January to the gruelling Wales Rally GB in November, the WRC takes in an incredible array of challenges. Temperatures range from -40° in Sweden to +30° in Mexico, with drivers going flat-out and against the clock on timed special stages, driving on surfaces that include gravel, ice and snow, as well as paved roads.

As the co-title sponsor of the Hyundai Shell-Mobis World Rally team, Shell has supported Hyundai Motorsport with their lubricant requirements from the time they joined the WRC in 2014.

Armed with Shell Helix Ultra race lubricants, the Hyundai Shell-Mobis World Rally Team provides the ultimate extreme testing environment. Working together to develop Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology ensures that customers around the world have access to the best possible products, which are proven in their ability to handle extraordinary conditions.

Meet the team

Dani Sordo

Dani Sordo

Dani Sordo

Dani’s first experience of motorsport came on two wheels racing in motocross when he was just 12 years old. After briefly experimenting in motorbikes, Dani decided to trade in two wheels for four and landed in the exciting world of rally. Born in Torrelavegga, Spain, Dani’s first break into the World Rally Championship came in 2003 competing in the Rally Catalunya. His maiden win came 10 years later at Rally Deutschland before he then joined the Hyundai Motorsport team. His co-driver is fellow Spaniard Carlos del Barrio.

Dani is now recognised as one of the more experienced and consistent members on the rally circuit, having entered over 150 rallies in total securing upwards 40 podium finishes in his career to date.

Carlos del Barrio

Carlos del Barrio

Carlos del Barrio

Carlos del Barrio has extensive rallying experience, first entering the sport in 1987 but it was 1994 when he took his maiden steps into the WRC. After much success, Carlos joined forces with young compatriot Dani Sordo in 2004.

After a break, the pair returned to share a car in 2011 for a longer WRC program which results in three podiums and victory at the 2013 Rallye Deutschland. The duo are back together for a third time in 2018 and will participate in selected events in the WRC.

Thierry Neuville

Thierry Neuville

Thierry Neuville

Thierry Neuville first came under the spotlight in world rally after he secured a first career win in 2008 at the RACB Rally Content, a Belgian competition to find the next best young rally driver. His career continued in this vein of success when in 2010 he claimed his first class win in his rookie season at the Junior World Rally Championship.

Destined for rally’s biggest stage, Thierry was snapped up as driver in the FIA World Championship in 2012. He later came on board for the debut season of the new Hyundai Shell World Rally Team in 2014, scoring the team’s maiden victory that year at Rally Deutschland ahead of teammate, Dani Sordo. Alongside co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, Thierry finished runner-up in the World Rally Driver’s Championship in 2017 in his fourth consecutive season driving for Hyundai Motorsport.

Nicolas Gilsoul

Nicolas Gilsoul

Nicolas Gilsoul

Nicolas first began competing in regional driving events in 2000 and has since been enamoured by the world of rally. He made his international debut in 2004 and later entered the World Rally Championship in 2007. The Belgian currently acts as Thierry Neuville’s co-driver for the Hyundai Motorsport Team, a position he has held since 2011.

Nicolas helped secure Hyundai Motorsport’s first ever World Rally Championship victory at Rally Deutschland in 2014. He also finished second in the World Rally Championship in 2017 alongside Neuville.

Hayden Paddon

Hayden Paddon

Hayden Paddon

New Zealand born Hayden Paddon first began karting in 1993, taking inspiration from his father Chris who was a regular competitor in the Mainland Series and National Championships. Hayden competed in his first rally in 2002 when he was only 15 years-old and later won both the Junior and Rookie titles of the New Zealand Rally Championship in 2006.

Hayden rather inevitably made his World Rally Championship debut in 2007 featuring as a wildcard entry in the Production Car category at his home event in New Zealand. Hayden made his dream switch to Hyundai Motorsport in 2014 and alongside compatriot John Kennard took their first victory with the team at Rally Argentina in 2016. Since 2007, Hayden has amassed over 35 stage wins and six podium finishes in World Rally Championship races.

Sebastian Marshall

John Kennard

Sebastian Marshall

Brit Sebastian Marshall made his WRC co-driving debut at Rallye Deutschland in 2008 and has been a firm fixture of the rallying world ever since. His first experience with Hyundai Motorsport took place in 2015 when co-driving for Kevin Abbring.

After joining Hayden Paddon for Rally de Portugal in 2017, he became the Kiwi’s full-time co-driver from Rallye Deutschland onwards and once again will partner Hayden for 2018.

Andreas Mikkelsen

Andreas Mikkelsen

Andreas Mikkelsen

After a successful childhood competing in skiing events, Andreas Mikkelsen switched to the world of rallying at the age of 16 following injury. The Norwegian became the youngest driver to score a WRC championship point aged 17 and continued to impress, taking the Intercontinental Rally Challenge titles in both 2011 and 2012.

A step up to the WRC followed and Andreas claimed his maiden victory in the championship on Rally Catalunya in 2015. He joined the Hyundai Motorsport team for three events in 2017 and competes across a full season in 2018.

Anders Jæger-Synnevaag

Anders Jæger-Synnevaag

Anders Jæger-Synnevaag

Anders was a relative latecomer to co-driving, starting his career in the 2014 Norwegian Rally Championsip. However, he quickly showed his skill and was soon taking part in Junior WRC and European Rally Championship events.

He joined his long-time friend Andreas in a WRC car in 2016 and success immediately followed. After taking part in the final three events of the 2017 season with Hyundai Motorsport, Anders will partner Andreas for a full WRC campaign in 2018.

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