Big disappointment for Thierry Neuville … The Belgian driver's car (Hyundai i20 WRC Cup) was destroyed during the 22 rd rally of Australia on Sunday morning, forcing the driver to give up his hopes of winning the title of world champion. This "Down Under" rally was the 13th and final lap of the WRC season. Frenchman Sébastien Ogier, who only had 3 points before, remains the world champion for the sixth consecutive row. He also benefited from the abandonment of Tanak, who still could claim the title.
Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) could not see his ambitions for the title of world rally champion that could be held on Sunday. The Belgian driver had to abandon the race after hitting a tree in the morning during the Australian Rally. For the fourth time in his career, he is second in the world ranking of the rally.
"This is not the end we wanted" commented Belgian after the race. "After our Friday punch, I knew it would be difficult, especially because we had to be in second place on Saturday, but there was still hope, and I said it was still possible, it was all or nothing, I had nothing to do losthe continued. Saint-Vithois recognizes that he has attacked, even beyond the limits, to the point of falling.
"It can happen, it was a fantastic season" continued Thierry Neuville, congratulating his French rider Sébastien Ogier and his co-driver, who keeps his title for the sixth consecutive row. "They were very good and it was good to compete with them for the title of World Champion."Driver again," he says, thanking the team to support all races and looks forward to the next championship next year. The Australian Rally was won by Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) before New Zealand Hayden Paddon (Hyundai) and Norway Mads Ostberg (Citroen).