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World Rally Championship

Thierry Neuville


About Thierry

Thierry is a true petrol head; he just loves being behind the wheel. He enjoyed huge success at junior levels before making the step up to WRC in 2009, finishing second in the 2013 standings after a competitive season. Those performances caught the eye of our fledgling team, and we signed him for our debut season. Alongside co-driver Nicolas, he scored our team’s debut podium in Mexico 2014, and a memorable 1-2 (ahead of Dani) in Rallye Deutschland – our maiden victory. A win in Sardinia was the highlight of 2016, in which he finished second in the Drivers’ Championship. Thierry then emerged as a genuine championship contender in 2017. He won four rallies in total, the most of any driver, and finished as a close runner-up in the championship. Hailing from St. Vith in the Ardennes forest, Thierry can speak several languages fluently. Although a native German speaker, he and Nicolas speak French in the car as the shorter words make communication more efficient.

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Career

2018

All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
Best result: 1st overall, Rally Sweden, Rally Portugal, Rally Italia Sardegna
Final classification: 2nd

2017

All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
Best result: 1st overall, Tour de Corse, Rally Argentina, Rally Poland and Rally Australia
Final classification: 2nd

2016

All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
Best result: 1st overall, Rally d’Italia Sardegna
Final classification: 2nd

2015

All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Sweden
Final classification: 6th

2014

All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
Best result: 1st overall, Rallye Deutschland
Final classification: 6th

2013

All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (13)
Best result: 2nd overall, Rally Italia Sardegna, Rally Finland, Rallye Deutschland and Rally Australia
Final classification: 2nd

2012

All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (13)
Best result: 4th overall, Rallye de France
Final classification: 7th

2011

All rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (11)
Best result: 1st overall, Tour de Corse and Rallye Sanremo
Winner of the Golden Stage at Cyprus Rally
Final classification: 5th

2010

Several rounds of the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (5)
Best result: 1st, Rally Bulgaria Final classification: 7th
Several rounds of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (6)
Best result: 3rd overall, Rally Ypres
Final classification: 9th

2009

Winner of the Citroën Rally Trophy Belux
Winner of the ‘Summer Rally Match’ (FRA)

2008Winner of the RACB Rally Contest, an event organised by the Belgian Federation to discover a new young rally driver

Q&A

Q1.Who is your motorsport idol?

My idol while growing up was my compatriot Bruno Thiry, but I was also a Schumacher fan in F1.

Q2.What are your hobbies?

Fitness, driving with my buggy, quad and kart.

Q3.What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

The Maldives are top of the list!

Q4.Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally driver?

I would have become a driving instructor instead.

Q5.What is your favourite food?

I love pasta.

Q6.Describe yourself in 3 words

Impatient, ambitious, sociable.

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Personal data

Birthday:

16. Jun 1988

Place of birth:

Sankt Vith (BEL)

Nationality:

Belgian

Interests:

Fitness, buggy driving, jet skiing, karting & working on my cars

WRC Facts

First Event:

Rally Catalunya (2009)

First Victory:

Rallye Deutschland (2014)

Co-Driver:
With Hyundai:

Since 2014

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