Neuville holds on for podium position after Day 2 in Corsica


Thierry Neuville maintains his hold for a podium position in second place after Day 2 of the 2016 Tour de Corse – Rallye de France.

The #3 Hyundai driver put in another competitive run on the Corsican asphalt on Day 2 to extend his lead to third-placed Andreas Mikkelsen for Volkswagen by +21.5 seconds.

Neuville’s competitive run today was rewarded with a win on SS8, which means that the Belgian has one foot firmly in place on the podium on Sunday.

Neuville said “We’ve had another good day and I was really happy with our performance in all stages. We started this morning taking more care with the brakes after our experience from yesterday, and we were able to maintain good speed.

“The New Generation i20 WRC has been working well and we’ve had a positive feeling. The weather conditions this afternoon put a focus on tyre selection, as we expected conditions to be slippery.

“In the final stage, we had a soft tyre at the rear, which was a good choice. I went wide at the beginning and hit a stone. There was some vibration but that went away, thankfully, and we could continue to take the stage win.

“The fight has been close with Andreas, but I hope we can keep our hold on second tomorrow. We have a monster stage to start off, and that will be the key to our result this weekend.”