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Nicolas Gilsoul

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Career Summary

Info

Nationality:  BEL
Date of Birth: 05.02.1982
Age: 34
First Rally: 2007, Monte Carlo
Rally Wins: 2

Season 2016

Classification: WRC
Car No: 0
Car: Hyundai i20 WRC
Team: Hyundai Motorsport
Driver: Thierry Neuville
Points: 160
Standing: 2
Rally Wins: 1
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 7

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Tipped by many as a future world champion, Nicolas Gilsoul started his co-driving career on home ground, tackling a variety of Belgian national events from 2000.

He stepped-up to the international stage in 2003 when he paired with fellow Belgian Bruno Thiry for a FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) campaign, finishing third overall.

More European events followed with a variety of Belgian drivers until 2010, including his WRC debut at Rallye Monte-Carlo in 2007.

In 2011 he began a new partnership with Thierry Neuville. Two wins in that year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) earned them a season at the Citroën Junior World Rally Team in 2012, the highlight of which was fourth place at Rallye de France.

Gilsoul followed Neuville to the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team in 2013 and the pair had their most successful season to date. Four consecutive second places and the runner-up spot in the drivers’ and co-drivers’ championships ensured they were top of the list when the fledgling Hyundai squad was looking for its 2014 team leaders.

A maiden podium in Mexico with the Korean manufacturer’s i20 WRC was followed by a first victory later in the season in Germany. In comparison the following season was a disappointment - with just one podium - and in 2016, armed with the all-new i20 World Rally Car, the pair will be keen to get things back on track.

Rally Classification Driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Thierry Neuville 3. 15
Rally Sweden WRC Thierry Neuville 14. 0
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Thierry Neuville 25. 0
YPF Rally Argentina WRC Thierry Neuville 6. 8
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Thierry Neuville 29. 0
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Thierry Neuville 1. 25
73rd PZM Rally Poland WRC Thierry Neuville 4. 12+1
Neste Rally Finland WRC Thierry Neuville 4. 12+3
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Thierry Neuville 3. 15+3
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Thierry Neuville 2. 18
RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España WRC Thierry Neuville 3. 15
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB WRC Thierry Neuville 3. 15+1
Kennards Hire Rally Australia WRC Thierry Neuville 3. 15+2

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