Rally Argentina: Top five a huge achievement, says Neuville

Thierry Neuville grabs top-five in Argentina after a rally of 'ups and downs' for Hyundai
Thierry Neuville has said his top-five finish on the gruelling Rally Argentina was a 'huge achievement' for Hyundai.

Neuville initially ran fourth until the final stage on Friday when he lost power and had to stop. He also had transmission problems in the last stage on Sunday, but by then had already moved back up from eighth to fifth, finishing comfortably ahead of Robert Kubica in P6.

“I didn't feel so comfortable in the first stage this [Sunday] morning so I just took it cautiously to avoid making any mistakes,” said Neuville, who was quickest in the final test on Saturday.

“The conditions in the subsequent stages were extremely challenging so I did everything I could in the muddy terrain. The hardest part was the lack of visibility with mud spraying on the windshield constantly. The car went very well and I had good traction, which helped adapt to the ever changing conditions.

“[Overall] the team has performed excellently this weekend, tackling a range of issues with complete professionalism, and I think a top five result in this rally is a huge achievement for a young team. We have for sure learned a lot.”

Hyundai team principal Michel Nandan meanwhile had mixed thoughts given Dani Sordo failed to finish in the sister car and had been dogged by mechanical issues during the first leg.

“Our objective today was to keep putting the car through its paces in these difficult conditions and hopefully to secure our fifth place overall, which Thierry did, so in that respect we should be pleased,” Nandan stated. “It has, however, been a rally of ups and downs.”

“I must admit that coming to Argentina has been a great test for the team and the crews. We have learned a lot and the team has done a fantastic job. They remained committed to keeping both cars going as competitively as possible after each loop with lots of hard work along the way. The conditions have been some of the worst we've seen so I commend the team and our driver crews for their professional approach,” he continued. “We know that our Hyundai i20 WRC can be quick and we have identified points where we can improve reliability in several areas.

“We might not have achieved a two car finish but in these extremely tough conditions, we leave Argentina as a much stronger and wiser team as a result of our experiences this weekend,” Nandan concluded after round five in WRC 2014.

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Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL), Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
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Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL), Hyundai i20 WRC, Hyundai Motorsport

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May 16, 2014 2:27 PM

In all fairness the Hyundai isn't really inferior, that isn't so much an insult to Hyundai, but more an insult to all the cars and drivers it has beaten when setting fastest stage times, I think they have had 4 or 5 fastest times now in total This proves that they have come on leaps and bounds with the car and setting a fastest time in the WRC is by no means a Fluke ! Hyundai are an up and coming Team. I Can see them fighting for Overall victories in next years WRC. Neuville will get his victories and be financially comfortable at the same time. A Bright Boy if you ask me !


May 21, 2014 10:11 AM
Last Edited 1125 days ago

lol its easy to get a little quick on the draw to comment but I think I know what you were trying to suggest I have to confess I have been quite surprised at how much progress Hyundai have made since Monte Carlo. I think Sordo is excited about something, maybe he has been assured that he can drive without Team Orders if he finds himself as the lead Hyundai The car has improved a lot since I myself made a comment about the Briggs and Stratton engine, but I think that Neuville will gain momentum in the 2nd half of the season as the car starts to not only perform stronger but become more reliable

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