Hyundai Motorsport headed into the six-week break after the ADAC Rallye Deutschland with clear intentions to refocus on its championship campaign after a tough tenth round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). None of the team’s three crews have had cause for celebration. More importantly, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul lost valuable points in the battle against Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia.
Having moved into the podium positions at the end of the first day of the rally, it was a stark turnaround in fortunes for Neuville and Gilsoul on the second one. Forced to restart on Sunday morning under Rally 2, the Belgians struggled for pace and saw their run of Power Stage points broken as well.
Thierry Neuville: “I will give everything to turn things around in the final three rounds of the season”
“We made too many small mistakes on the last morning. And we struggled with the handling of the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC”, Neuville said.
“We didn’t have enough time in the car on Saturday to prepare ourselves in the best way for these final stages. It’s obviously a massive disappointment to come away with so little from a rally in which we were hoping to be at the front. The championship is not over. I will give everything to turn things around in the final three rounds of the season.”
— Province de Liège (@ProvincedeLiege) August 25, 2017