Thierry Neuville says he has no idea how his Hyundai i20 WRC rally car survived a heavy roll on Sunday morning's opening stage at Rally Poland and considers his sixth place finish as very fortunate.

The Belgium rally driver lost control of his Hyundai on the SS18 at Baranowo and suffered a spectacular full barrel roll with the dramatic crash ending with Neuville returning to all four wheels on the ground. With relatively little damage he was able to continue and not lose too much time on his rivals, finishing 1m 44.5s off winner Sebastien Ogier in Poland.

"I don't really know what happened but we were very lucky to be able to continue and finish the rally," Neuville said. "We have picked up some good manufacturer points, which is the most important thing."

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Despite his roll, the Hyundai driver took sixth place to strengthen his hold on fifth position in the World Rally Championship standings, and is still on course for his best WRC season since 2013 when he took the runner-up spot in the championship before departing from the Ford Qatar World Rally Team to Hyundai.

The former WRC rally winner gave a positive assessment of his performance at Rally Poland and is already looking ahead round eight in Finland next month.

"It's been a pretty good weekend overall and I think we have to be pleased with all we have achieved," he said. "We have shown some good pace over the weekend and have only really been hurt by some incorrect tyre choices at times."