One week after he bagged second place on Rally Italia Sardegna, the Belgian youngster was back in action on home ground, driving the Fiesta R5 as course car on the European Championship asphalt rally.
Accompanied by his WRC co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, Neuville showcased the Fiesta by running after the zero-car though all 19 stages ahead of the competitive field.
Compared to the Ypres entries, Neuville was faster on 16 of the stages - only a couple of mistakes and a puncture denying him a clean-sweep.
“The car is really impressive,” said Neuville. “In terms of chassis and brakes, you can compare it to a WRC car although the engine is, of course, not the same and you have only five gears. It’s less expensive than a Super 2000 or Regional Rally Car, but still very competitive.
“It’s a great car for a driver who wants to prove their speed and I think the FIA have done a great job with the regulations of this new class.”
The R5 Fiesta will make its WRC debut at Neste Oil Rally Finland in August, where Elfyn Evans, Eyvind Brynildsen and Robert Barrable will drive the new model in the WRC-2 competition.