Østberg and Camilli join M-Sport
British squad blends experience and youth for 2016
Neuville [above] was in Italy for his first attempt at the Monza Rally and finished runner-up to one of his motor sport idols.
Driving a Hyundai i20 WRC alongside guest co-driver Julien Vial, Neuville showed stage-winning pace, but didn't have the correct tyre compounds to take the fight to Moto GP legend Valentino Rossi in a Ford Fiesta RS.
Rossi took victory by 13.4sec with Neuville promising a second attempt in 2016. "Next year we will be back with all the necessary tyres to give Vale a rematch!" he said.
Junior WRC and WRC 3 champion Quentin Gilbert got preparations for his 2016 WRC 2 campaign off to a great start with a strong performance at Rallye du Var, the final round of the French championship.
Driving a DS 3 R5, the Frenchman was locked in a podium scrap with ex-Mitsubishi works team driver Freddy Loix in a Skoda Fabia R5 and WRC class runners David Salanon (Ford Fiesta RS) and Pierre Roche (Mini Cooper WRC).
A final stage push from Gilbert jumped him ahead of both Roche and Loix to take a well-deserved class win, second overall to Salanon's more powerful Fiesta.
One year after his WRC retirement, former Ford works driver Hirvonen reunited with co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen at Rally Lanzarote. The pair led in a Mini Cooper WRC after the opening stage but retired on day two with a technical issue. Next stop for Mikko is another MINI adventure - this time driving a MINI ALL4 Racing at January's Dakar Rally.