Neuville back behind the wheel after a huge test crash

Monday | Dec 20, 2021

Thierry Neuville returned to testing this weekend after his terrible fall in the French Alps earlier this month.

Hyundai Motorsport has prepared a new i20 N WRC Rally1 for testing after the original was badly damaged when Neuville fell into a ravine.

On Saturday, the team returned to the mountains with the Belgian at the wheel to resume preparations for the start of the exciting new hybrid era of the FIA ​​World Rally Championship at the Monte-Carlo Rally (January 20-23).

Co-pilot Martijn Wydaeghe was present in a supporting role. He is recovering from a broken collarbone in the accident. Julien Vial, who works with Bruno Thiry on the Neuville security note crew, read the tempo notes during the test.

Due to the Neuville accident, this week marks Hyundai’s first extended test, which is expected to be close to the final version of the car. The team unveiled a vastly redesigned version of its original prototype test car in November.

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After driving again, Neuville said, “The car is completely different in many ways. It’s interesting – there are a lot of unknowns to all of us about how these cars will compete in the race.

“There are so many things [to question with these Rally1 cars]. Basically everything is new and not only with this car compared to the old car but also compared to the benchmark [i20 WRC].

Neuville’s team-mates, Ott Tänak and Oliver Solberg, will also be testing this week in preparation for the Monte-Carlo Rally, which will be held in Estonia today (Monday).

Photo by José Arellano

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