Thierry Neuville has said he is confident he can achieve some 'great results' next year in the World Rally Championship following confirmation he will compete in all 13 events with the Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team.
News of Neuville's defection from Citroen to the Cumbrian-based outfit came on Saturday
, and the Belgian now has high hopes he can build his impressive debut WRC season, in which he claimed eleven stages win and finished a career-high fourth in France.
“It is a great honour for me to represent Qatar and M-Sport on all 13 rounds of next season's championship. Thanks to a great 'learning' year in the WRC, I am confident that I will be able to achieve some great results alongside M-Sport and my new team mates," confirmed the 24-year-old.
“I would especially like to thank Malcolm [Wilson – M-Sport managing director] for his confidence in me, and also my friend [and team-mate] Nasser [Al-Attiyah] for his fantastic support.
“I am now focussed on preparing for Rally Monte-Carlo and really looking forward to the start of this new adventure.”
Evgeny Novikov meanwhile was also named by the team as one of its drivers on Saturday and he too is bullish about the coming season.
“I am very glad to be representing Qatar and M-Sport next year,” added the Russian. “I would like to express huge gratitude to all those who supported me and believed in me: my mentor Mikhail Lepekhov, Malcolm [Wilson], my family and my fans.
“In 2013 we will fight at the top level and do our best to please those who have supported us all these years.”