Tuesday 5 November 2013

Rally - Neuville to Hyundai

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.

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