Hyundai’s Freddy Loix is looking forward to next month’s Rally of New Zealand after a successful test session with the Accent WRC3 in Spain last week.

Hyundai’s Freddy Loix is looking forward to next month’s Rally of New Zealand after a successful test session with the Accent WRC3 in Spain last week.

CARtoday.com recently that the cash-strapped Hyundai team of Loix and Armin Schwarz were hoping to race Accents fitted with updated dampers and powerplants in the Rally of New Zealand.

The financial crisis had prevented Hyundai from conducting any tests this season. However, a budget has now been finalised and the team conducted a four-day test last week. Loix was behind the wheel of the Accent for two days and ended the session “very pleased with the work we've carried out”.

“We've tested new shock absorbers and we also tested a new turbo which is in process of homologation by the FIA. This renewed turbo will boost up the power in the lower revs,” Loix added.

“Hyundai also released a new test calendar and I can tell you we'll be testing more regularly from now on,” he added. “We'll be able to test before the European rounds of the championship (Greece, Germany, Great-Britain).”

After a six-week break, the World Rally Championship heads to New Zealand next week - an event that Loix is looking forward to.

"I really enjoy Rally New Zealand and the stages suit my driving style, so I'll certainly will be gunning for the points,” he added. “This year, the event will be staged in the first quarter of the year so it'll be interesting to see how the autumn weather affects the driving conditions in New Zealand”.