Pe­nasse tells Neuville to fol­low Meeke and score win in Ar­gentina

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Hyundai team man­ager Alain Pe­nasse has told Thierry Neuville to fol­low Kris Meeke’s lead from last year and win Rally Ar­gentina.

Neuville suf­fered an­other trou­bled event when he was hos­pi­talised af­ter crash­ing out of Rally Mex­ico ear­lier this month. Medics dis­charged the Bel­gian fol­low­ing checks af­ter he went off the road in his Hyundai i20 WRC – an ac­ci­dent Pe­nasse said was un­nec­es­sary.

One of the pre-event favourites, Neuville had lost his chance of vic­tory when he suf­fered a bro­ken sus­pen­sion arm on the first gravel stage of the event. He has 15 points from three rounds.

“The ac­ci­dent on the first day can hap­pen when you are fight­ing for a win,” said Pe­nasse. “He made a mis­take, that is clear. The se­cond ac­ci­dent was not nec­es­sary. We made it clear in the morn­ing we wanted him to bring the car back to score a few man­u­fac­turer points, so we didn’t un­der­stand why he drove at a speed which was too much.

“He has to start again in Ar­gentina. He needs to an­a­lyse what he’s do­ing by watch­ing his on­boards against the other guys. The plan is quite sim­ple in Ar­gentina: he will have the same fan­tas­tic road po­si­tion that [Kris] Meeke had there last year and if he can do what Kris did last year then we will be happy. When you have this good road po­si­tion, he has to drive – there’s no point hang­ing around.”

Neuville needs win

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