Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville says he is looking forward to getting back to tarmac competition on the Rallye de France as the Korean manufacturer nears the end of a successful return to World Rally competition.

An adopted home event for the Belgian driver, Neuville - who remains the only non-VW driver to win a WRC event in 2014 following his success in Germany - is hoping a bit of autumnal rain will give him an advantage against his rivals.

"We had some good preparation for Rallye de France with the test in Vosges and taking part in the East Belgian Rally back home in Belgium last weekend," he said. "We had some rain during our test, which is obviously important if we encounter wet conditions over the weekend. In fact, I will be hoping for it because the driver can really make a difference in difficult conditions.

"I have good experience in the rain and have always shown a competitive level - not just in the World Championship but also in my early career in Belgium. Like all rallies, France is a sprint event and we have to drive on the limit all the time but I'm sure we're up to the challenge!"

Following a compromised first WRC outing with the team in Germany, Bryan Bouffier is also back in action in the i20 WRC and is confident of being a competitive force on his home event.

"Rallye Deutschland was quite difficult for us so we're for sure hoping for a strong comeback at Rallye de France this weekend," he said. "It's our home rally so it will be especially important to do well there as our friends and supporters will be spectating out in the stages.

"It's also an event that I know and I have contested before as part of the French Rally Championship - the last time in 2010 - and from those experiences I remember the stages are really nice and I really liked them.

"Our target is to finish the rally unperturbed and we will do our best to help the team in the development of the Hyundai i20 WRC by providing as much feedback and information as we can."



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