WRC Rally Australia: We must keep our feet on ground – Neuville

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville says the team “must keep its feet on the ground” going to Rally Australia and not get carried away after the 1-2 result in Germany
Thierry Neuville says Hyundai “must keep its feet on the ground” and stayed focused going to Australia in the aftermath of that dream result in Germany.

Neuville took his and Hyundai's debut WRC victory on Rallye Deutschland last month and with Dani Sordo taking second in the sister i20 WRC, it was a double celebration.

However, despite that breakthrough success, the Belgian isn't expecting to take another win 'Down Under'.

“Claiming our first win was of course a moment we will never forget, especially considering that we started the rally with a bad accident on shakedown. However, we have to stay with our feet on the ground and be focussed for Australia,” he confirmed.

“We had a very good result there last year [and finished second] and I know the roads quite well now, so we will definitely be looking to have a clean run, to bring the car to the finish and try to set some good times.

“We didn't have the chance to test before Australia but we have experienced the i20 WRC in similar conditions so I think we are prepared for the event.”

Neuville will be joined in Oz by Chris Atkinson in the #8 Hyundai i20 WRC, while Hayden Paddon also returns in the Hyundai Motorsport N entry after missing Germany.

Hyundai team principal Michel Nandan has said that the main objective is to complete the event will all three cars and continue learning in what is the outfit's debut season.

“Rally Australia is not an event as specialised as Finland, for instance, but having a good knowledge of the roads is definitely an advantage. Our three drivers definitely know this kind of road with Thierry and Hayden having contested the event in the past and Chris having competed in these types of stages many times,” Nandan stated. “Australia is still part of our development process though so a three car finish will be our first target.

“Naturally, we hope for a good result and to continue demonstrating the good process we've made so far in this debut season.

“Mechanically, Rally Australia shouldn't be especially tough and we're carrying some small chassis evolutions on the Hyundai i20 WRC which were designed to improve reliability.

"We've tested in similar conditions without facing any problems so I think we are as prepared as we can be for Australia.”
by Rob Wilkins

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Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)
Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)

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September 08, 2014 2:49 PM

I think that statement in itself says that they have already gotten a little over excited after winning what became a one horse Race in Germany. Lets not let their Victory run away with things here though. Ogier, Latvala and finally Meeke all crashed out and left Hyundai with what should of otherwise been a 4th and 5th place. Yes a good result, but Not a win by anyones Optimistic Interpretation They have made Solid progress all year and they should be pleased with the progress made, but that was no Win, I would even say they will be disappointed to of gotten their 1st win in this way. Just ask Mads about his one and only Victory in the WRC and I bet he is not too happy to look back on that with excitement. He hasn't gotten close to another win ever since and could be forced to count his one and only win as a default win after Mikko got excluded back in Portugal 2012

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