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'Hyundai making progress in every area' - Neuville

4 July 2014

Thierry Neuville has said Hyundai is 'going in the right way' and 'is making progress in every area' in the wake of his second podium of WRC 2014 in Poland.

Neuville was greatly encouraging by the performance of his Hyundai i20 WRC last weekend and the Belgian is looking forward now to seeing what effect the next load of updates have at the end of this month on Rally Finland, the next round in the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship – and only Hyundai's eighth event since returning to the sport.

“Some small updates are here already [for Poland] and more are planned for Finland," Neuville told reporters when asked about what updates are coming. "I hope that they are bringing us a bit closer to the other teams. We are not going to win straight away, we still need a few rallies to develop and do some more testing. But we are going in the right way.

“The whole team is so professional and we all work well together. We are making progress in every area and for Nicolas [Gilsoul – my co-driver] and me it is easy to do our job.”

Team-mate Juho Hanninen was also pleased with how the Hyundai i20 WRC performed in Poland, even if a steering problem on Saturday afternoon did prevent him from maintaining his push for a rostrum. He eventually finished in sixth.

“I'm quite happy with the rally and it has been a very good weekend for the team overall. I made no mistakes during the four days and we have shown some strong pace at times. I was happy with the set-up and, generally, it has been running perfectly,” said Hanninen, who like Neuville, also managed to win a stage.

“Saturday, we had some issues which slowed us down but thankfully Thierry was able to regain the third position for the team. I lost a bit in Sunday morning's first stage [too] so I took it steady after that to secure sixth place overall. There are, however, definitely lots and lots of encouraging aspects to take away from this event,” Hanninen concluded.


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