Thierry Neuville gave the new Hyundai World Rally Team its second ever podium result on Rally Poland on Sunday when he brought his i20 WRC car to the finish in third place.
Neuville put in another good performance and despite some struggles on the opening two days, including a locked rear brake towards the end of Friday, he fought his way back from tenth to finish on the rostrum, winning SS17 – the 14.14 km Stare Juchy test – as well as going second quickest in SS22 and third in SS14, SS15, SS19 and SS20.
“It has been a positive weekend for us and I am pleased with the podium result,” Neuville commented. “To come back from tenth place, where we were at the end of Friday, to third is a great achievement.
“This rally is hard. You have to find your confidence, and once you have that you can be really fast.
“It has been a great job from the entire team this weekend. We have worked really well together to tackle the rally in a calm and focussed way.”
Neuville's team-mates Juho Hanninen and Hayden Paddon meanwhile also scored, coming home sixth and eighth respectively and both set good stage times, with the former winning SS2 and the latter coming just 0.7 seconds off the stage win in SS4.
“We can be very proud of our achievements in this rally. We set the objective of a three car finish and to challenge for some competitive stage times, and we have managed this well,” summarised Hyundai team principal, Michel Nandan.
“All three driver crews have performed strongly, had good pace and shown the potential of the Hyundai i20 WRC when everything comes together. We have taken two stage wins in Poland and scored our second podium result – all in only our seventh WRC event. Considering the comparative infancy of our team, this is very encouraging. I would like to thank everyone in the team, both at the rally and back at Alzenau, for contributing.
“We have learned a lot from this rally, in some difficult and changeable conditions, and we look forward to Finland where we will have some updates on the Hyundai i20 WRC which we hope will mark another step forward for our young team.”