The previous Renault Method 1 boss joined Hyundai this 12 months as crew principal of its motorsport actions that features the World Rally Championship and buyer programmes in rallying and TCR.
After impressing administration in his first season, it has now been introduced that Abiteboul will conduct a twin position as president and crew principal efficient from subsequent 12 months. Outgoing president Sean Kim, who held the place since April 2022, will step down.
The president place will imply Abiteboul will tackle new tasks relating to Hyundai’s motorsport plans for this season and into the long run.
The announcement of Abiteboul is accompanied by a number of additional inner restructuring measures that may begin from the beginning of 2024, with the target of bettering the marque’s efficiency and effectivity.
“Firstly, I have to say thanks to Sean Kim for bringing me to Hyundai Motorsport and to Hyundai for the belief they’ve proven in me for this new position,” mentioned Abiteboul.
“We have now clear targets within the classes the place we’re competing. We’re additionally tasked with the transformation of Hyundai Motorsport to mirror the evolution of Hyundai Motor Firm and to proceed to be a related platform for the N model and merchandise.
“We all know there may be work to be carried out, however we get pleasure from a crew of devoted, proficient, and multi-cultural people that I’ll attempt to information with the identical values of respect and belief as Sean did throughout his tenure.”
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Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai World Rally Workforce Hyundai i20 N Rally1
Kim added: “Simply as twelve months in the past I used to be happy to welcome Cyril Abiteboul into the Hyundai household, right now I hand over the position of president to him.
“Hyundai Motorsport has been like a household for me these previous two years and as I’m turning to new challenges, I accomplish that within the data that the corporate is within the arms of a renewed management crew, and capable of push strongly for the seasons forward.
“There’s an unimaginable array of expertise in Alzenau and I do know the long run holds the potential for nice successes.”
Hyundai continued its preparations for the 2024 WRC season final week with a check on snow at its Finland facility.
The crew will discipline a modified driver line-up that includes 2019 world champion Ott Tanak, who joins fellow full-time driver Thierry Neuville.
Esapekka Lappi, new signing Andreas Mikkelsen and the skilled Dani Sordo will share the third i20 N.