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Hyundai reveals four Junior Team racers for 2023

Hyundai Motorsport’s Customer Racing department has revealed the four drivers that will form part of its 2023 ‘Junior Team’.

The Junior Team initiative is an expansion of the previous Junior Driver programme, which backed drivers including Luca Engstler and Jáchym Galáš in recent seasons.

Hyundai will support drivers running in two national championships, with two drivers in TCR Italy and two in TCRUK.

In the Italian series, Target Competition duo Junui Park and Marco Butt will both compete with Hyundai backing in their Elantra N TCRs, whilst in the UK, Essex & Kent Motorsport’s Bradley Kent and Area Motorsport by Daniel James racer Alex Ley will also be on the programme.

Work for the drivers within the Junior Teams has already started, which has included spending time with 2018 WTCR winner Gabriele Tarquini and the Customer Racing department’s dedicated support engineers.

“The support we can offer all our customers, and our chosen Junior Drivers in particular, is a vital part of the work of the Customer Racing department,” Customer Racing manager Andrea Cisotti said. “The addition of Junior Team programme adds further to the support we can offer our customers racing in TCR series.

“From their experiences we know that while both TCR Italy and TCR UK are incredibly competitive, Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have the strength to contend for race wins and championship titles. The additional support we can offer as part of our Junior Teams initiative at the race track and throughout the season should provide the crucial boost to the drivers, not just for 2023, but in their future careers too.”