Neuville for honour!
Thierry Neuville & Nicolas Gilsoul © DPPI

Neuville for honour!


Le Belge Thierry Neuville s’est imposé ce dimanche au Kennards Hire Rally Australia à l’occasion du treizième et dernier rendez-vous du Championnat du Monde des Rallyes 2017.

4: As the number of rallies won by the Hyundai Motorsport’s leader Thierry Neuville throughout the 2017 season. On top of the overall standings before seeing Sébastien Ogier benefits from his withdraw at ADAC Rally Deutschland to get back the lead and finally claims his fifth crown, Neuville has been the most successful driver of the season. Winner in Corsica, Argentina, Poland and Australia, the man from Saint-Vith around Liège has been defeated by Sébastien Ogier’s regularity (9 podiums) and secures the second place behind the French driver as in 2013 and 2016.

2: As the number of Belgian drivers who won the Australian event. After François Duval in 2005 with the Citroën Xsara WRC (his only WRC victory), Thierry Neuville is the second driver from Belgium to succeed on the kangaroos’ land. It’s the sixth WRC victory for the Hyundai Motorsport’s driver who overtakes Markko Martin and Kris Meeke to join the Swedish Kenneth Erikson in WRC successes’ rankings.

13: As the number of podiums clinched by M-Sport during the season, a new record! Second in Australia after Latvala crashed his Toyota Yaris in the final Power Stage, Ott Tänak (who made his last event for M-Sport World Rally Team) offers the British squad its thirteenth podium in thirteen rallies this year. Following the Manufacturers’ title secured in Wales, Malcolm Wilson’s Team finishes in style!

232: As the number of points gathered by Sébastien Ogier in the World Rally Championship 2017’s overall standings. With two victories, the Frenchman concludes his season with his smallest total of successes since 2011 and also his smallest total of points collected since 2012.

2018: Although the 2017 season is barely over, thoughts already turn to the 2018 World Rally Championship, which will get underway with Rallye Monte-Carlo on 25-28 January. The season will be launched during the Autosport International Show in Birmingham, UK on Thursday 11 January. The Tour de Corse will receive the fourth round of the season on 5-8 April and will be the first 100% tarmac event.

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