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Neuville Aiming For Podium Finish In Wales

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Hyundai Motorsport‘s Thierry Neuville comes into the penultimate round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB, joint second in the series standings . The Belgian comes to Wales having finished in the top four in every event since Italy in the summer, an event he won.

Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul have been one of the most consistent crews all season and aim to continue their success in the forests of Wales.

“Wales Rally GB is a very fast and exciting rally, especially with the narrow roads that go through the forest.” said the Belgian, “It can, of course, be quite slippery as well. This is particularly an issue on the second pass when driving on wet gravel. It can make it very interesting, I can tell you!

“It’s a nice event and one we all enjoy a lot. To be competitive, you need to find a good rhythm early on, so that will be our first objective. We want to be challenging again for the podium – and to keep up our positive run of results.”

Neuville took his only podium on this event back in 2013 and followed up with fourth in 2014 and rolled out of the event last year. The Belgian is matching Volkswagen’s Andreas Mikkelsen on points in the battle for runners up spot in the championship and is the lead Hyundai driver.

The stage action for Wales Rally GB gets underway on Friday 28 October, starting with the 32km Myherin, and runs right up until Sunday 30 October with the Brenig Power Stage bringing the event to a conclusion.

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