Neuville remains with Hyundai for 2017 and 2018 WRC season

Thierry Neuville has confirmed that he will stay with Hyundai in a two-year deal.

Neuville, who has won two rallies in his World Rally Championship career with Hyundai, stays with the Alzenau-based team till the end of the 2018 WRC season.

The Belgian joins his team-mates Dani Sordo and Hayden Paddon, who are also both signed for the 2017 and 2018 WRC seasons as Hyundai have an unchanged line-up for the next two years due to the new regulations coming into place.

Neuville said “I am delighted to extend my contract with Hyundai Motorsport for two more years. Although I had alternative options available, it seemed the most logical decision to keep up the great momentum we have within this team.

“2017 will be a new era for the WRC with the revised regulations. We have shared very special moments together since the team’s debut in WRC. Our first win together in Germany was one of my career highlights. With a new car next year, and even more ambitious targets, I am excited by what this next chapter will bring.”

Hyundai’s Team Principal Michel Nandan added “Thierry has been a great asset to our team so we are pleased to announce this two-year extension.

“There has been a lot of talk about Thierry’s future, which is obviously part of the motorsport game, but the fact we continue together shows the strength of our relationship. We have had some great memories, as well as some difficult moments, but overall we’ve been on a positive growth curve together.

“Now we have finalised our driver line-up with Thierry, Hayden and Dani, we can aim for a competitive finish to our 2016 season, as well as focusing on development of our 2017 challenger.”