Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed its lead driver for next year’s World Rally Championship campaign. Currently driving for the Qatar World Rally Team, 25 year old Thierry Neuville has signed a ‘multi-year’ agreement with the team.
Neuville, along with his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, will drive the new i20 WRC rally car in all 13 WRC events in 2014, beginning with the team’s debut at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January.
This will be the Belgian driver’s third consecutive WRC season, and commented: “I was impressed with the team’s facility, their approach to the rally programme and their clear potential. I hope my two years of experience in WRC will be beneficial to the team as we build a harmonious working partnership. We know we have a steep learning curve ahead of us in our first season but I am convinced we will have a successful future together.”
In two seasons of WRC rallying, Neuville has contested a total of 32 rallies. He finished seventh in the 2012 championship and this year has so far claimed four consecutive runner-up results (Italy, Finland, Germany and Australia), in addition to two third-place finishes (Mexico, Greece), leaving him second in the WRC standings with one rally left to run.