Thierry Neuville says he's targeting a mistake-free race at Rally Portugal after a crash on the Power Stage at Rally Argentina wrecked his chances of a potential rostrum finish.

The Hyundai driver, who suffered his first WRC retirement in over nine months (Rally Finland 2014) in Argentina, feels getting a strong setup and steering clear of trouble will be his primary target as the championship returns to Europe. Up until his SS12 crash in South America, the Belgium driver had been a model of consistency with three top eight finishes.

"I really hope to find good settings straight away and be competitive," Neuville said. "We made a mistake in Argentina which cost us quite a lot so we're looking to have a clean run this week and achieve a positive result for us and the team."

Portugal hasn't been a particularly happy hunting ground for Neuville with his best finish coming in 2014 in the shape of a seventh place. For 2015 the rally has been moved to the North of the country based around Porto which last hosted a WRC event in 2001.

"Rally Portugal this year is new for everyone," he explained. "We have tested in this region both last year and also in April, using different roads and experiencing different conditions. I also participated in the Fafe Rally Sprint in 2013 so I know what to expect from that stage."

Neuville goes into Rally Portugal as top Hyundai factory driver, sixth in the WRC drivers' standings.



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