Hyundai's Thierry Neuville recovered from his day one retirement to claim eighth place on Rally Mexico on Sunday.
The Belgian was battling at the front early on, winning two stages as he took the fight to eventual winner, Sebastien Ogier. However, in SS8 - El Chocolate 2
, he picked up a puncture and rolled his Hyundai i20 WRC car near the finish.
Re-starting in 19th on Saturday under Rally 2, Neuville then hauled himself back up the order, breaking back into the top-ten on Sunday, when he took another stage win and a bonus point for finishing third in the event ending Power Stage.
“Our objective today was to push to the maximum in the final stages,” Neuville said. “The long Guanajuatito stage was perfect; we had to manage the brakes but I took the jump flat out at 190kph and we set a good time [and were fourth quickest].
“We then took a great stage win [in SS20] and third in the Power Stage to finish in eighth overall, so I am happy.”
“The car has been competitive this weekend so it is a shame that the roll we had on Friday prevented us from capitalising on that,” he continued.
“Nonetheless, the team has done a good job this weekend so it has been important for us to salvage some points today.
“Our stage wins on Friday and today, and strong performances in other stages, show what our potential was this weekend.”