Hyundai will withdraw from the WRC series at the end of the year, but hopes to complete the current season, despite a contractual dispute with Motor Sports Developments - the British team that runs its cars.

Hyundai will quit the WRC series at the end of the year, but hopes to complete the current season, despite a contractual dispute with Motor Sports Developments - the British team that runs its cars.


"There is a contractual dispute between Hyundai Motor Company of Korea and Motor Sport Developments, and the company has sent its staff home until this is resolved," said Hyundai Motor Europe.


While it remains unclear whether Hyundai will participate in next month’s San Remo Rally, the company has revealed a new mid-to-long-term motorsport strategy which will be outlined in more detail later in the year, reported.


"Withdrawing is a painful decision but also a realistic admission that a break is absolutely mandatory for us to rethink our approach to motorsport," said Hyundai's director of overseas marketing, BH Lee. "But we'll be back in 2006 with a completely new engine and car to mount a more credible challenge for the WRC crown."


The plan is to return in the second half of 2006 and mount a full WRC programme in 2007. Part of the re-organisation will involve the setting up of an all-new world rally team base at Hyundai's design and technical centre at Russelsheim in Germany.


Lee stressed that Hyundai wanted to complete its 2003 programme: "We'd like to resolve this issue immediately so we can focus on competing in the four rallies left on the 2003 WRC calendar”.

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