Hyundai's Thierry Neuville says he hopes he can battle for more victories this season after a "superb" drive took him to second on Rally Sweden.

Neuville was on the pace throughout in his i20 WRC, giving the team its first stage win of the year on Friday, before taking two more on Saturday, including winning the final one of the day, where he sensationally took the overall lead and scooped the Colin's Crest Award, after jumping a record 44 metres.

The Belgian was then hindered by intercom problems in Sunday's opening test and while he remained in contention for the victory over the final two stages, in the end he finished 6.4 seconds shy of Sebastien Ogier.

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"What a rally this has been!" said Neuville, who also took two bonus points for finishing P2 in the Power Stage. "Second place overall is a very nice result for me and for everyone in the team, who have worked hard.

"We have not had such a close battle for the victory for a long time and it has been great to be a part of such a thrilling finale. Nobody really expected us to be challenging for the win here, so it has been a brilliant performance.

"I pushed hard to get the win, taking quite a few risks, and I could honestly not have done more. I am happy. It is also a bit of a wake-up call for the team [too] and hopefully I can be in this position more often now."

Meanwhile, Hyundai boss Michel Nandan added that the squad's fourth ever podium is an "encouraging" sign, although he warned there is still much to do before they can regularly challenge Volkswagen.

"This podium is a great result for everyone at Hyundai Motorsport. Our performance level has been encouraging although, at the same time, it is important for us to recognise that there is still a lot of work to do," Nandan confirmed.

"Thierry has been on exceptional pace this weekend and this second place has been very well earned.

"Obviously, we benefitted from the misfortune of Andreas [Mikkelsen] in the Power Stage [when he spun] but that is not to take anything away from Thierry's performance, which was superb.

"We've been in the mix all weekend and to be part of a spectacular finale is very special. A podium, two Power Stage points and second place in both Manufacturers' and Drivers' Championships makes for very nice reading!" Nandan concluded.