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General information
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Official name: Hyundai World Rally Team
Operated by: Motor Sport Developments Ltd (MSD)
Headquarters: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Regular drivers
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Car nr 10: Freddy Loix
11: Armin Schwarz
12: Manfred Stohl (selected events)
12: Jussi Valimaki (selected events)
Key personnel
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Team principal: David Whitehead
Team manager: Mark Busfield
Chief engineer: Graham Moore (resigned in August, unsatisfied with limited testing programme)
Engineer: Graeme Garvin (assumed some of Moore's duties)
Car and tyres
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Car: Hyundai Accent WRC3
Tyres: Michelin
Sponsors and partners
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No title sponsor, Michelin (tyre supplier), Eibach (technical sponsor), Hella (technical sponsor), K&N (technical sponsor), O.Z Wheels (technical sponsor), OMP (technical sponsor), Remus (technical sponsor), Sabelt (technical sponsor), Timken (technical sponsor)
Season statistics
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Best result: 7th: Cyprus (Armin Schwarz)
Rallies contested: 14 (works entries)
WRC starts: 27 (works entries)
Outright wins: 0 
Podiums: 0 
DNF's: 14 (DNF's to starts ratio 51.9 %)
Stage wins: 0
Points scored: 12 (manufacturer championship)
Avg points per rally: 0.9
Entries
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Monte Carlo  


Sweden  



Turkey  


New Zealand  



Argentina  


Acropolis  



Cyprus  



Deutschland  




Finland  



Australia  




San Remo  


Corsica  


Catalunya  


Great Britain  
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Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  
Jussi Valimaki  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  
Jussi Valimaki  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  
Jussi Valimaki  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  
Justin Dale  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  
Manfred Stohl  
Justin Dale  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  
Jussi Valimaki  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  
Manfred Stohl  
Justin Dale  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  

Armin Schwarz  
Freddy Loix  

Armin Schwarz  
8th (6th in manufacturers)
retired (off road)

13th
10th
retired (transmission)

retired (mechanical)
10th

retired (off road)
retired (off road)
retired (off road)

retired (engine)
retired (mechanical)

retired (cambelt)
retired (suspension)
retired (mechanical)

7th (6th in manufacturers)
retired (mechanical)
retired (mechanical)

12th
11th (8th in manufacturers)
18th
28th

12th (8th in manufacturers)
10th (7th in manufacturers)
retired (Off road)

13th
8th (7th in manufacturers)
did not start (Changed program two weeks before event)
did not start (changed program two weeks before event)

did not start (Hyundai withdrew from WRC)
did not start (Hyundai withdrew from WRC)

did not start (Hyundai withdrew from WRC)
did not start (Hyundai withdrew from WRC)

did not start (Hyundai withdrew from WRC)
did not start (Hyundai withdrew from WRC)

did not start (Hyundai withdrew from WRC)
Season commentary
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Due to very tight budget, Hyundai has had difficult times in 2003. Development has been scarce, testing very limited and they have been unable to retain valuable team members (Kankkunen not re-signed for 2003, chief engineer Graham Moore quit in August and Freddy Loix signed by Peugeot for 2004).

After encouraging 4th in manufacturers championship on 2002, Hyundai seems to be set for distant 6th this season. Skoda has been the only team that Hyundai has been able to lock horns with but with new Fabia WRC, Skoda might become too strong for Hyundai to handle.

Team is living on the edge now while everyone waits for koreans to decide the budget. Struggling team is not very attractive to potential sponsors and indeed one major problem for Hyundai this season has been lack of sponsorship.

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