Thierry Neuville says the special challenges Rally Sweden provides are what make the event so difficult, as he prepares for the second round of the 2015 World Rally Championship.

The Hyundai i20 WRC driver will compete in his fourth Rally Sweden and feels the snowy surfaces make the race stand out on the calendar. The Belgian's best result in Sweden was a fifth place finish in 2013 with former team Ford, and he is aiming to emulate that result this year.

"Rally Sweden is the first and only snow event of the season, which offers special challenges," he said. "It is probably the surface on which I have least experience. I have taken part in Rally Sweden on three previous occasions and although I have found it difficult, I have learned more with each visit. For my fourth participation, I am sure can further improve my speed and confidence."

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Last year Neuville finished outside the points after hitting trouble on the snow-covered roads, eventually finishing 28th in the overall classification. Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala took victory in 2014 and Neuville believes the Scandinavian drivers have a distinct advantage over their rivals at this event.

"If you haven't become accustomed to driving on such fast roads in these conditions from a young age, it is hard to find a rhythm," he said.

"I have still set some interesting times and, even last year in our first visit with the Hyundai i20 WRC, we set some second and third quickest stage times, so I hope to improve on that and to be more competitive."

The Hyundai Motorsport team come off the back of two solid finishes at the season-opener Rallye Monte Carlo, where Neuville claimed fifth place with his team-mate Dani Sordo in sixth.

However, Neuville will be without regular team-mate Sordo after he suffered two broken ribs from falling off his mountain bike while training near his home. The Spaniard will be replaced by Hayden Paddon in the Hyundai i20 WRC.