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Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1
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WRC Rally Italy
Analysis

The Neuville splash and grab that ends Hyundai’s WRC win drought

Amid the chaos and carnage of an unusually wet and wild Rally Sardinia, Thierry Neuville timed his charge perfectly to lead a Hyundai 1-2 and revive his World Rally Championship title bid. Here’s how he pulled it off, but why Kalle Rovanpera holds the key advantage after navigating the choppy Italian waters

Sardinia is renowned as a brutal event at the best of times. But unseasonable rain creating a European homage to the Safari Rally once again outlined why World Rally Championship drivers are among the elite in global motorsport.

Surviving the gruelling 19 gravel stages was achievement in itself. The task was made even more challenging by organisers, who increased the event’s difficulty by adding a brand new test in addition to extending the famous Monte Lerno stage to a whopping 31 miles, to celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary.

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