Hyundai Motorsport‘s Thierry Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul have found their competitive form once again, and in recent rallies since their win in Sardinia, have finished in the top-four positions at each rally, including a third place in Germany.
Heading in to the Tour de Corse – Rallye de France, Neuville and Gilsoul will be looking to add to their victory tally and secure a WRC victory in Corsica after taking the win in 2011 in a Peugeot 207 S2000 when the rally was part of the IRC calendar.
“I love Corsica. The rally holds special memories for me as I won there a few years ago in IRC.” said Neuville. “Last year was a different story but the conditions were rather abnormal for Corsica which made life tricky.”
“We head there this year on the back of some strong results. I have felt very comfortable with the New Generation i20 WRC and I think we can be in the fight this year.”
For the 2016 edition of the ‘Rally of 10,000 corners’ the route that competitors will be taking has changed dramatically since last year with 70% of the stages taking place on new roads and the rally itself being 20% longer.
“Some of the stages are new compared to twelve months ago so we will have some work to do on our pace notes, however it is a stunning landscape and a very enjoyable rally when everything works well. I’m looking forward to it.”
Neuville currently lies fourth in the drivers’ classification on 94 points.