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Thierry Neuville

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Career Summary


Nationality:  BEL
Date of Birth: 16.06.1988
Age: 28
First Rally: 2009, Spain
Rally Wins: 2
Website: www.thierryneuville.com

Season 2016

Classification: WRC
Car No: 0
Car: Hyundai i20 WRC
Team: Hyundai Motorsport
Co-driver: Nicolas Gilsoul
Points: 160
Standing: 2
Rally Wins: 1
Retirements: 0
Podiums: 7

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Here’s what makes him special:

• Cool as a cucumber, Neuville has a winning mix of youth, raw speed and natural talent

• Now in his third season with Hyundai, Neuville has the German-based squad's new i20 World Rally Car at his disposal

• Made headlines around the world twice in 2014, firstly for using beer to get his car to the podium in Mexico, then for winning in Germany three days after barrel rolling his car through a Mosel vineyard

• He’s a snappy dresser, known for his colourful taste in watches and glasses

The story so far

Neuville has very quickly established himself as one of the WRC's rising stars.

Having cut his teeth on events in his homeland of Belgium as a teenager, he kicked off his first international rallying campaign in 2010 when he contested the FIA Junior World Rally Championship. He scored one win and a podium and also notched up some useful results in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in S2000 machinery.

In 2011, Neuville claimed IRC victories in Corsica and Sanremo and this prompted Citroën’s WRC squad to offer him a full season in its Junior World Rally Team in 2012. After finishing seventh in the 2012 championship, he was quickly snapped up by the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team for a full assault on the 2013 series.

Driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Neuville claimed four consecutive runner-up finishes and three third places during the course of the season. This helped him clinch second place in the drivers’ championship.

This kind of form ensured that Neuville emerged as the hottest property on the 2014 transfer market and, in November 2013, he signed a multi-year agreement to be the lead driver at Hyundai’s new WRC team.

Neuville wrung the most out of the ever-improving i20 WRC in its debut season and finished on the podium three times. His first podium came in Mexico, thanks in part to a bottle of Corona lager that he used to re-fill a broken radiator. His finest hour however came in Germany, where he took his maiden WRC rally win, three days after almost destroying his car at the pre-event shakedown.

A strong start to 2015 netted second place in Sweden. But the following 11 rounds brought just one more top three finish in Italy. Delays to the development of Hyundai's new car created frustrations and he struggled for confidence in the second half of the season.

The arrival of the new i20 should have him fighting for podiums once again in 2016.

Rally Classification Co-driver Rank Points
Rallye Monte-Carlo WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 3. 15
Rally Sweden WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 14. 0
Rally Guanajuato México WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 25. 9
YPF Rally Argentina WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 6. 8
Vodafone Rally de Portugal WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 29. 0
Rally Italia Sardegna WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 1. 25
73rd PZM Rally Poland WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 4. 12+1
Neste Rally Finland WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 4. 12+3
ADAC Rallye Deutschland WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 3. 15+3
Che Guevara Energy Drink Tour de Corse WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 2. 18
RallyRACC Catalunya - Rally de España WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 3. 15
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 3. 15+1
Kennards Hire Rally Australia WRC Nicolas Gilsoul 3. 15+2


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