The young Belgian Thierry Neuville, revelation of the 2013 WRC season at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta private, was confirmed by Hyundai for its return to rallying in 2014.
That is, the crew advanced Hyundai Motorsport known in WRC next year. Thierry Neuville, brilliant second in the championship in 2013 behind the untouchable Ogier, would anyway have been spoiled for choice. With his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, the Belgian 25-year attempt to get the Volkswagen and Citroen, waiting maybe Toyota formalizes his return the following year.
It is indeed a multi-year contract Neuville signed proof hopes that the Korean giant based on him.
“By recruiting a driver of the caliber of Thierry, we can show that the commitment of Hyundai WRC is serious and focuses on the long term, said Michel Nandan, head of Hyundai Motorposort. This is also a great recognition for the work team shot in such a short time. We share the same values and goals of victory, and we are proud to Thierry in the team and as an ambassador for the brand. “
“I think Hyundai Motorsport is perfect for me because it is a factory team young, ambitious and rapidly developing (…), has meanwhile said Thierry Neuville. I was impressed by their facilities, their approach to the rally and their obvious potential. I hope my two years of experience in the WRC will benefit the team while we build a harmonious labor relationship. We know we have a fairly steep learning curve for our first season but I am convinced that we have a bright future together. “
In two seasons, Thierry Neuville has played 32 rallies. He finished seventh in the league in 2012 (Citroën DS3 WRC) and has emerged in 2013 as “the best of the other” behind Ogier, he was the last to be able to mathematically challenging the title to rally in Alsace his Ford Fiesta RS WRC. He has not yet signed his first win but finished including four times in the second step of the podium this season. Hyundai, meanwhile returns to rally after timid four seasons he played between 2000 and 2003. Manufacturer emerging at the time, the Korean has become a global giant with enormous resources and ambitions substantial.
Go to Monte Carlo in January 2014 to find out if Thierry Neuville and Hyundai will be able to join in the fight for victory.
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