Hyundai “very far” from confirming 2021 programme

Hyundai teams BRC and Engstler had an uncompetitive 2020 World Touring Car Cup season, with last year’s champion Norbert Michelisz as the top driver in 13th position.

On that back of those struggles, Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo says he is “very far” from a decision regarding the 2021 season.

“We are very far from being able to confirm anything for next year,” he said. “The pandemic has strongly affected everything, and we also need to understand what WTCR will be next year.”

Rumours have indicated that the new Hyundai Elantra N TCR model could be introduced for the 2021 WTCR season, a rumour Adamo is quick to play down.

“The Elantra N TCR is a car that is very important for us, but is also important for our customers – in America, in Asia, in Europe,” said Adamo.

“There are enough markets and series around the world where we can show the performance of the car, so it is not needed to be in WTCR.

“If WTCR will be viable, with clear value for money then we may support customers with our drivers. If not, if our customers have the money themselves to do the championship, then I’m happy for them to run.”

Hyundai has meanwhile confirmed a programme for the inaugural PURE ETCR series season in 2021, with Adamo stating that their commitment for the all-electric series is “strong”.

“I think that the future of ETCR is bright,” said Adamo.

“When you start at totally new thing like this you always have difficulties, but I think Hyundai has already shown a strong commitment to it. It’s good thing to face. For the petrol projects we have to see what is going on in the future, and will move accordingly.”