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Neuville looks to ‘play it clever’ again

Thierry Neuville: I definitely feel as though we progressed in Argentina. So even though we won't be pushing to our full potential, we should still be able to show some good pace this week in Greece.

Thierry Neuville has said he will adopt the same cautious approach on the Acropolis Rally this week as paid dividends last time out in Argentina.

The Qatar World Rally Team man finished fifth in Leon in his M-Sport-run Fiesta RS WRC car and he is focused on doing just as well in Greece.

Neuville made his debut on the Acropolis last year, finishing sixth overall and he was won over by the event.

“This is a rally I enjoy and this year it will be even better as it seems only the best parts of last year's route have been included,” he remarked in the countdown to round six in the 2013 World Rally Championship. “There are a couple of stages on Saturday which will be quite rough, but otherwise the stages should be 'smoother' than in previous years.

“Of course it is still an event which challenges both the drivers and the cars, so we'll be taking the same cautious approach we adapted for Argentina – play it clever, look after the car and make it to the end of the rally.

“I definitely feel as though we progressed in Argentina. So even though we won't be pushing to our full potential, we should still be able to show some good pace this week.”

Nasser Al-Attiyah meanwhile will return to the Qatar World Rally Team fold for the Acropolis and after another victory in Jordan in the FIA Middle East Rally Championship, he is in a buoyant mood.

“We're fresh from our third win in the Middle East Rally Championship [this year], so our confidence is high,” said the Qatari. “Like with all of the rallies this year, our goal is always to have fun and do the maximum that we can. However, it would be great to do one better than we did in Mexico and Portugal as this will be Giovanni [Bernacchini]'s [my co-driver's] 100th appearance in the WRC. He is a fantastic co-driver – very professional – and we have achieved a lot together in the past four years.”

“I [also] have a lot of good memories from this event,” Al-Attiyah added. “Of course it's a challenging rally, but when you get a good result, you know that you have been driving well. For me, the biggest challenge is keeping the car out of trouble and being mindful of punctures which are a big risk. That's the most important thing if you want to do well here.”


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Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Klinger (FRA), Ford Fiesta WRC, Qatar M-Sport WRT
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Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Klinger (FRA), Ford Fiesta WRC, Qatar M-Sport WRT
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Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Klinger (FRA), Ford Fiesta WRC, Qatar M-Sport WRT
Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Klinger (FRA), Ford Fiesta WRC, Qatar M-Sport WRT

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