Hyundai Motorsports Thierry Neuville and Craig Breen dominated this weekend’s Ypres Rally in Belgium to claim an emphatic 1-2 finish for the World Rally Championship team. Neuville used home advantage to his benefit taking the lead of the rally on SS4 on Friday and never looked back taking the win by over 30s from Craig Breen and Paul Nagle. Speaking following the action he said:

We had a lot of pressure coming here but to be honest I have felt confident, comfortable, relaxed and in control all weekend. We were able to rely fully on the team and the car, which worked perfectly. It has been a pleasure to get this first win together with Martijn. It has been a long time coming, but it feels even better now. We knew we had to deliver here, not just because it is our home event but because of the need to score big points for the championships. It was really special to do that final stage at the nicest circuit in the world, just 15km from my hometown, with friends and family cheering us on and to be able to do some celebratory donuts. A fantastic weekend and a result to savour!

Craig Breen and Paul Nagle gave their chances of a full-time return to the FIA World Rally Championship for 2022 a boost with a fantastic performance which saw them come home in second place. The Irish duo had a lot of fun in the event and Breen is now firmly in seventh place in the championship.

Speaking following the action, Breen said:

To finish second here at Ypres as part of a Hyundai 1-2 result means a lot. Sometimes, there’s a lot of space in between our events, so we can struggle to get into a rhythm but two events in a row with two podiums is amazing. It definitely gives me more confidence going forward. We have all the ingredients around us to perform to this standard; it’s a pleasure and an honour to drive a car like this. Thanks to everyone in the team, my gravel crew, everyone in service, and to Paul; we’ve had a great package this weekend, and it’s been a lot of fun.

Ott Tanak took three stage wins on Sunday and finished the event in sixth place and speaking following the action he said:

This has been a great, challenging event and a really good addition to the WRC calendar. Nobody has really been able to challenge Thierry and Martijn this weekend – congratulations to them – but now we have seen and experience the roads, we’ll be ready when we come back. It is a unique tarmac event, unlike any other; we can’t really compare it to Croatia or Catalunya, so it’s been important to learn it first-hand. All in all, while we haven’t got the result we wanted, it has been a successful event for the team, so we have some positives.

Team Principal Andrea Adamo said:

“We have been under huge pressure in recent months, so this result is very welcome. I have tried to shelter the team – my people – as much as possible, because they don’t deserve to work under stress. They have reacted to the situation very well, incredibly professionally, and have behaved as a team. I am proud of them all. This result is like an alignment of planets, sometimes it happens. To be the first time here in this beautiful event, with a tremendous atmosphere, to see Thierry win, with Martijn taking his first WRC win, at Ypres Rally Belgium is amazing. A true team effort.

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