Hyundai i20 R5 on its way to Australia
The first Hyundai i20 R5 rally car to compete in Australia is on its way to our shores, with the car set to arrive in April.
Tasmanian brothers, Marcus and Scott Walkem, have purchased the R5 machine, and while their plans are yet to be finalised, it is expected that the car will appear in Australian Rally Championship events this year.
“As yet we really don’t have any plans for the car,” Marcus Walked told RallySport Magazine.
“We just want to get it here and assess from there.
“It’s probably unlikely we will be doing a full ARC, just selected events.”
Hyundai’s support for rallying down under is well known. Australia’s Wayne Bell started the Korean manufacturer’s rallying involvement back in the 1990s, while more recently, Hayden Paddon has led the way with his Hyundai New Zealand-backed team.
An R5 Hyundai is yet to compete in this part of the world, although the car has achieved success in Europe, despite having not yet won a round of the WRC for R5 cars.
The Walkem’s i20 will join a number of Skoda R5 cars that have already contested ARC rounds, and an increasing number of the locally-built AP4 machines.