Hyundai Motorsport announces departure of Team Principal Andrea Adamo

  • Hyundai Motorsport has reached a mutual agreement with Team Principal Andrea Adamo that will see him depart the company with immediate effect after six years
  • In that time, Adamo has overseen the company’s Customer Racing department, as well as two titles in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup and FIA World Rally Championship
  • President Scott Noh will assume Adamo’s responsibilities in the short-term ahead of the 2022 WRC season start at Monte-Carlo in January.

Hyundai Motorsport GmbH can confirm that it has reached a mutual agreement with Team Principal Andrea Adamo that will see him depart the company after six years of collaboration.

Adamo is stepping down for personal reasons with immediate effect. His day-to-day responsibilities, which include overseeing Hyundai’s involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the PURE ETCR series and its Customer Racing operations, will be assumed in the short-term by company President Scott Noh, with support from the respective department managers until a new appointment is announced.

Adamo joined the company in December 2015 to head up the company’s Customer Racing department, which quickly established itself as a successful entity with numerous teams and drivers finding success at the wheel of Hyundai Motorsport-built cars.

Consecutive titles in WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup in 2018 and 2019 cemented the company’s reputation for customers around the world. In WRC, Adamo spearheaded two title-winning campaigns, in 2019 and 2020, as the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC asserted its credentials on the world’s most demanding rally stages, at the hands of rally-winning crews.

Hyundai Motorsport’s preparations for the 2022 season – a new hybrid era of WRC, a second season of ETCR, as well as its Customer Racing activities – remain unaffected by Adamo’s departure. The team is preparing for the start of a new WRC season at Rallye Monte-Carlo from January 20-23.

Andrea Adamo said: “After six years with Hyundai Motorsport, we have mutually agreed for me to step down from my role as Team Principal. It is time for me to reflect on a relentless and successful period in my career, one full of high points, happy memories, and titles. I am proud of what we have achieved from building an enviable Customer Racing department to our consecutive titles in WTCR and WRC. I wish the organisation well for its future.”

President Scott Noh said: “I would like to thank Andrea for his significant contribution over six years which has seen us secure important titles in WRC and WTCR. We can reflect on some very positive moments together and I sincerely wish him all the best for the future. Our operations will continue to run as scheduled ahead of the 2022 season, which starts with Rallye Monte-Carlo next month. Through our motorsport programs, we are committed to accelerating Hyundai’s high-performance credentials around the world.” 

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