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IRC: Neuville: I need to show some speed

27 August 2010

Thierry Neuville plans to adopt a new strategy when he resumes his Intercontinental Rally Challenge campaign on Barum Czech Rally Zlin this week.

Although the 22-year-old claimed a podium finish on Geko Ypres Rally in June, his third of six-planned starts in the IRC this season, he admits he has yet to show any real pace at the wheel of his Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207.

"I showed in Sardinia and Ypres that I can drive clever rallies by finishing," said Neuville. "Now I need to show some speed. Marc [van Dalen, his Kronos Racing team boss] wants me to still be careful but I have to begin to set some good stage times although I know that won't be easy because the speed of the main IRC guys is very high."

Although Neuville will be a Barum Czech Rally Zlin novice when he takes the start in the city centre today [Friday evening], his French co-driver Nicolas Klinger has competed on the event in the past, finishing second alongside Nicolas Vouilloz back in 2008.