Wednesday | 21 Jun 2017

Neuville stars at Ypres Rally

Belgian Hyundai Motorsport crew Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul will get the chance to compete in their home country this week with a guest appearance at the Ypres Rally (22-24 June).

The pair, who currently sit second in the world championship standings, will be competing in an i20 R5 for the first time, on their first appearance at the national championship Ypres Rally in four year.

Their return to competition in Belgium has been supported in the country by a competition which offered children the chance to design a livery for the car. The winning emoji-themed design came from 8-year-old Zoë Charlet.
Neuville said: “Of course it is exciting for us to be back in Belgium in a car that is capable of winning Rally Ypres. We have not had many chances to compete there in the last few seasons, around the WRC rounds.

The car's livery was designed by 8-year-old Zoë Charlet

"It’s a race Nicolas and I have never won, so we're looking forward to the weekend. It should be very enjoyable, especially because we have such a fun and unique livery.

"This will be our first rally in the i20 R5, but we will have a test before to learn a bit more about the car. We should start strongly, so we can show off the performance of the i20 R5 in front of the big crowds for the event.”

This year’s Ypres Rally brings together both the Belgian and British national championships, as well as the Tour European Rally (TER) Series. In total nearly 40 R5 crews are on the entry list.

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