Key People

Meet the senior members of our company whose have overall responsibility for our daily activities. We will be publishing exclusive interviews with each of our Key People during the season, in which you can discover more about their respective backgrounds and the vital role they play in our team.

Gyoo-Heon Choi


Mr. Choi’s appointment as President of Hyundai Motorsport GmbH has heralded the next phase in an illustrious career that dates back to 1993. His role is ultimately to manage every single aspect of the operation from our facility in Alzenau, coordinating on a daily basis with Hyundai’s headquarters in Korea.

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Michel Nandan

Team Principal

Michel is one of World Rally’s most experienced and influential figures. As Team Principal, he has been responsible for developing Hyundai’s motorsport program from scratch. He has built up a team of skilled and dedicated staff and has been instrumental in building up our reputation as genuine WRC contenders.

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Alain Penasse

Team Manager

As an experienced rally man, Alain is well placed to manage and develop our team on a daily basis in his role as Team Manager. Covering logistics, organisational and operational responsibilities, Belgium-born Alain has one of the most versatile and critical roles in our team’s management.

Bertrand Vallat

Chief Designer

Bertrand has been involved since the very early days of our organisation. As Chief Designer, he is responsible for leading the engineering side of our team. It’s an all-encompassing role that covers the full range of technical development from design right through to testing and rallying.

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Julien Moncet

Engine Manager

Julien joined Hyundai Motorsport shortly before our first season in the WRC, back in November 2013. Two years later, he assumed responsibility for all engine-related customer activities. The Frenchman took over full management of the department in March 2017 and now spearheads all engine programmes at our Alzenau facility, including WRC and Customer Racing.


Ernst Kopp

Workshop Manager

With a career in Formula One, Le Mans 24h and World Rally, Ernst knows how to run an efficient motorsport workshop. The workshop is where the hard work of all departments comes to fruition – to deliver a car that is ready to rally on the world’s toughest stages.

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Stefan Ph. Henrich

Director of Marketing and PR

A Hyundai Motor Europe spokesperson for 12 years, Stefan joined our team from the early stages of the project. In his role, Stefan is responsible for developing our PR and marketing strategy, engaging with audiences around the world from Hyundai markets to our highly valued fans.

Andrea Adamo

Customer Racing Manager

Since joining in December 2015, Italian Andrea has been the man leading our Customer Racing department. From a blank sheet of paper, he has quickly established our credentials and helped create a competitive customer car – our New Generation i20 R5.

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