Thierry Neuville is looking to put the disappointment of back-to-back pointless outings in Argentina and Portugal behind him at a rally he has strong form at.

The Hyundai Shell rally driver grabbed second place at Rally d'Italia in 2013 and looked to go one better last year but issues with his i20 WRC machine ruined his rally while leading on the timesheet.

The 26-year-old driver suffered with a poor tyre choice in Portugal and now looks to get his season back on track in Sardinia.

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"I think we had a pretty good start to the race last year. We had some trouble with the car, while we were leading the rally," Neuville explained. "That was quite a disappointment but we had benefited from a good positioning that brought us into the lead. We did some good times and we were quite competitive."

The Hyundai factory driver believes with another 12 months of rallying experience under his belt he should be able to sustain a challenge at the front and is well-aware of the dangers the event poses.

"It's a tricky race, you need a couple of years of experience before you can be really fast and confident here because it is quite narrow, with many twisty and dusty sections," he added. "The very slippery and sandy gravel make road cleaning quite important there as well."