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IRC: van Dalen tips Neuville to shine on Ypres

Thierry Neuville is capable of producing a surprise result on the Belgium Ypres Rally according to his team boss.

Neuville, who will turn 21 by the time the event starts in Ypres tomorrow [Thursday], impressed joint Kronos Racing team principal, Marc van Dalen during a test in Belgium earlier this month.

Kronos is responsible for preparing the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 Neuville will use on the asphalt rally, which is his prize for being selected as the BFGoodrich Drivers' Team representative on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier.

"I was surprised how well he did in the test because it was his first time in a four-wheel-drive car," van Dalen explained.

"He seems to be very mature for his age and providing he does what he is told then I really think he can get a good result because he understood very quickly how to drive these cars and what he must do."

In a separate development meanwhile Pieter Tsjoen will return to the IRC for the Ypres - and like Neuville he will also drive a Kronos-run Peugeot 207 S2000, taking the total number of cars being entered by the Namur-based team to five.

Tsjoen hasn't competed in the IRC since retiring from the Ypres Rally in 2007 when he was at the wheel of an Abarth Grande Punto - a result which culminated in him briefly quitting the sport and handing over his drive to countryman Freddy Loix for the remaining of that season.

He has prepared for his IRC comeback by doing a one-day test, where he familiarised himself with his new car.

He also practiced wheel changes alongside co-driver Eddy Chevaillier in the unfortunate event of his Peugeot suffering a puncture.

"Pieter is a good guy with a lot of experience. The road he tested on wasn't completely representative of the stages he on the Ypres Rally but that won't be a problem for him," added van Dalen.

"His car will be the same as all the others and I think he can do a good job this weekend."


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