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OC Veiby joins Gryazin as Hyundai confirms WRC2 campaign

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HYUNDAI MOTORSPORT N HAS CONFIRMED A TWO-CAR TEAM IN THIS SEASON’S WRC 2 CATEGORY FOR OLE CHRISTIAN VEIBY AND NIKOLAY GRYAZIN.

VEIBY ‐ SKJARMOEN
Skoda Fabia R5

Both Norwegian Veiby and Russian Gryazin will compete in at least eight rounds of the championship in updated i20 R5 cars, beginning with next week’s season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo (23 – 27 January).

The Estonian-based RedGrey Team, formerly known as MM Motorsport, and run by ex-Subaru, Ford and Peugeot works driver Markko Märtin, will run the operation.

Both drivers featured at the top end of last season’s WRC 2 championship. Gryazin, 22, finished fourth after winning in Finland, while 23-year-old Veiby was sixth and won in Sweden.

Veiby, who will be co-driven by Jonas Andersson, brings experience to the line-up, having previously driven R5 cars from Skoda, Citroën and Volkswagen in WRC 2.

“It’s no secret that the goal is always to be on the top step. I think we have the potential to be that strong, and to do really well together as a team. I also hope the experience I have picked up from a lot of different R5 cars will be valuable for the development of the i20 R5,” he said.

Gryazin, who will be co-driven by Yaroslav Fedorov, said he believed joining a team that boasts 2019 WRC champion Ott Tänak and runner-up Thierry Neuville would improve his driving.

“Joining a manufacturer is another step in my career and I am convinced I will be able to move onto other levels with Hyundai Motorsport in the future. I am sure my team-mates will be able to teach me a lot of things,” he said.