Multi-year deal underlines the ambition and commitment shared by both Neuville and Hyundai Motorsport
25-year-old Belgian driver Thierry Neuville to be Hyundai Motorsports lead driver from 2014. Along with his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, he will join Hyundai Motorsport behind the wheel of the new i20 WRC rally car in all 13 WRC events in 2014
Hyundai Motorsport has today reiterated its bold approach to the World Rally Championship by confirming rising WRC star Thierry Neuville as its lead driver starting from the 2014 season.
25-year-old Neuville, who is playing a key role in this years championship, has signed a multi-year agreement with Hyundai Motorsport that represents a serious commitment by both parties to build towards long-term success in the competitive WRC series.
I am thrilled to announce Thierry Neuville as the lead driver to our new WRC team, says Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal, Michel Nandan. Thierry is having a fantastic 2013 season and is proving himself to be one of the most exciting young drivers in WRC. His raw speed, driving skill and dynamic approach to rallying make him the ideal lead driver for Hyundai.
By signing a driver of Thierrys talent, we can show that Hyundais WRC engagement is serious and focussed on long-term success after signing with the talented young driver, Thierry. It is also great recognition for the work that the entire team has carried out in such a short time. We both share similar values and objectives to win the championship in the long-term so we are proud to have Thierry in the team and as an ambassador for the Hyundai Motorsport brand.
Neuville, along with his co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul, will join Hyundai Motorsport behind the wheel of the new i20 WRC rally car in all 13 WRC events in 2014, beginning with the teams debut at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January, signalling the start of the Belgian drivers third consecutive WRC season. Neuvilles experience will be invaluable to Hyundai Motorsport as the manufacturer begins its first fully-fledged championship WRC campaign with a team and car that have been developed from scratch, impressively in under a year.
Neuvilles eye-catching performances this season have challenged the established competitors in WRC and have resulted in his reputation as one of the most exciting, young and dynamic drivers coming up through the WRC ranks.
I am pleased to be joining Hyundai Motorsport for the 2014 World Rally Championship, comments Thierry Neuville.