Tuesday | 07 Jul 2015

Picture special: Neuville's miracle roll

Thierry Neuville says he has no idea how he ended up rolling his Hyundai i20 World Rally Car on the penultimate stage of 72nd LOTOS Rally Poland.

The Belgian was sixth, and had his team-mate Hayden Paddon in his sights, when he crashed on the first pass through Baranowo, run later as the Power Stage.

His car landed on its wheels and Neuville was able to continue, now carrying a two metre wooden fence stake and trailing a huge fabric banner. Remarkably, he managed to hold his sixth position and record the 11th fastest time through the stage.

"I really have no explanation," Neuville told wrc.com. "Everything was alright, but suddenly the car jumped out of the line, we hit the ditch and we rolled. It seems a bit like Kris Meeke's roll at shakedown. We just don't know what happened. Okay, we lost some time, but the car wasn't badly damaged. We were very lucky."

"Overall I'm very happy with the weekend. We rediscovered a good rhythm and I'm happy with that. Without  a couple of poor tyre choices I feel I could have finished one place higher in fifth. Still, we can look ahead to Finland with optimism."

Here's Neuville's dramatic crash frame-by-frame:

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