Belgian rally driver, Thierry Neuville has claimed his second ever World Rally Championship win by taking victory of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) season at the Rally d'Italia Sardegna. Extending his lead over Volkswagen Motorsport’s Jari-Matti Latvala, the Hyundai Motorsport team’s driver has been on sublime form throughout the rally to win it by 24.8 seconds.
Speaking at the win, Thierry Neuville said, “A truly fantastic weekend! Great things come to those who earn them, and it’s definitely a nice feeling to share this victory with an amazing team. The New Generation i20 WRC has performed very well, class-leading. It’s been great fun to drive and we’ve felt comfortable. We didn’t feel too much pressure in final stages, but just focused on getting the car safely through to the end. We did everything we needed to and we can now celebrate our second WRC victory.”
The New Generation i20 WRC has marked the second victory this season, and the team’s third win in total after Rallye Deutschland in 2014 and Rally Argentina back in April. Dani Sordo who is also a Hyundai Motorsport team driver had a trouble-free run, claiming his fourth consecutive fourth place position. While Kevin Abbring was on top of their game to finish second in the Power Stage, securing their first WRC points.
The brand has taken podiums in five out of six rallies this season with two victories, making it the team’s most successful WRC season even before reaching the halfway point. Next round of the FIA WRC, WRC Rally Poland, takes place from June 30 to July 3, and will mark the halfway point of the 2016 WRC Championship.