Friday | 23 Jul 2021
Rally Estonia podium finisher Thierry Neuville stated final weekend’s Tartu occasion was mission achieved when it comes to his FIA World Rally Championship aspirations.
Whereas he stays 52 factors adrift of chief Sébastien Ogier with 5 rounds remaining, third general and second-placed Wolf Energy Stage factors allowed him to slim the hole to the Frenchman and Elfyn Evans – the 2 drivers forward within the race for this yr’s crown.
“My fundamental goal was to complete forward of Sébastien and Elfyn and I’m just about nonetheless within the struggle for the championship,” stated the Hyundai Motorsport driver.
“I’m the one with the much less challenges and every part remains to be open and that’s why I wished to struggle exhausting this weekend and keep forward of them.”
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The Belgian admitted the super-fast Baltic roads weren’t at all times snug for him and the i20 World Rally Automotive.
He added: “We knew coming right here that it’s going to be a tricky weekend for us. I’ve by no means been the bravest on such quick rallies the place taking dangers is a significant a part of the race.
“Sadly, issues didn’t begin so properly with a puncture in one of many first levels, which price me 15sec, roughly. However I used to be in a position to struggle again exhausting on Saturday and as properly at this time [Sunday], growing constantly the hole to Ogier and taking extra Energy Stage factors than each of them.”
Neuville added that, whereas the hole narrowed to Ogier after issues along with his i20’s starter motor by means of the ultimate day of the seventh spherical, he nonetheless felt accountable for the battle with the seven-time world champion. He finally completed 11.6sec clear.