Hyundai's Thierry Neuville has retired from day one of Tour de Corse - Rallye de France after hitting a bridge in the opening stage.

Neuville was just 1.2 km into the Plage du Liamone-Sarrola test when he made a mistake and damaged the rear suspension. He will now re-start on Saturday under Rally 2.

"I started out a high rhythm and tried to push because I like the slippery conditions. Unfortunately, I was a bit early turning into a very tight left-hander early on in the stage," Neuville explained. "The speed was OK but because I was a bit early I had to open and turn again. I used the handbrake and I slightly hit a wall, damaging the rear suspension.

"Two bolts were broken and we could not replace them so it was an early retirement for us. We'll be back tomorrow but obviously we've incurred a big time penalty. Anything can happen here as we have seen throughout the two stages.

"Tomorrow will be a new start to the rally for us and our objective will be to catch up and, ultimately, look for some points in the manufacturers."

 

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