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Neuville set for Saturday return

Thierry Neuville will restart Rally Guanajuato Mexico on Saturday after he crashed out of Friday's competition on the opening stage.

The Belgian began the day 1.7sec behind overnight leader Sebastien Ogier, but was 10sec up on his rival when his Hyundai i20 left the road 13km before the end of the 54km El Chocolate test. 
"I lost the rear after a crest in a very fast section and on the next tight corner I had to push the car sideways. I hit a pole with the front-left and that broke the suspension arm," Neuville told 
"We didn't have the part in the car and by then we had lost so much time it wasn't possible to continue. It's a pity because it was going well. I wasn't pushing so much - I was driving comfortably. I really don't know what happened. Maybe I was a little bit out of the line." 
Neuville drove the car back to the service park himself after replacement parts were delivered to him in the stage. He'll rejoin on Saturday under Rally 2 regulations with the aim of collecting points on Sunday. 
"It’s a long, tough rally and anything can happen – as we have seen today," he said. "We’ll keep working hard to see what we can salvage despite the time penalties we will incur.”

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