WRC Wales Rally GB: Neuville rolls in SS11

Thierry Neuville retires again from Wales Rally GB after rolling his Hyundai i20 WRC in Dyfnant 1
Hyundai's Thierry Neuville has retired from Wales Rally GB after crashing in SS11.

The Belgian rolled it 9.1 km into Dyfnant 1, subsequently delaying rally leader, Sebastien Ogier, as the i20 WRC was blocking the road.

Neuville, who was running under Rally 2 - and well down after losing a wheel on Friday in SS3 - had been quickest in the first two tests this morning. He was then eighth in SS9 and fourth in SS10, prior to his exit. He will not re-start on Sunday as the off damaged the roll cage.

“After the disappointment of yesterday we had a great start to the day," Neuville said back in service. "I found a good rhythm and the car was working well so our aim was to push as we got our speed back. It was nice to get two stage wins straight away.

"I lost some time on SS9 when I clipped a bank on a corner with a lot of standing water and knocked the tyre off the rim. It was the same in SS11 and on one corner exit I went early on the throttle and the car started to slide. We went wide and hit some tree logs on the side of the road, which rolled the car."

"The season has been up and down, sometimes with a lack of luck. On one side, I am happy to finish it as it was not the year we expected so we can only take it as an experience to do better next time. We can now focus on 2016 and reset completely," he added.

by Rob Wilkins

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Thierry Neuville, Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC, #7 Hyundai Motorsport)

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