Neuville ded­i­cates win to men­tor Philippe Bu­gal­ski

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Rally Italy win­ner Thierry Neuville ded­i­cated his Sar­dinian suc­cess to his men­tor Philippe Bu­gal­ski – whose birth­day it would have been on Sun­day.

Two-time world rally win­ner Bu­gal­ski died four years ago, but Neuville says he will never for­get how much help the French­man gave him when he was start­ing out in the sport.

“It’s fit­ting for me to take this vic­tory on June 12, the day of Philippe’s birth­day,” said the Bel­gian. “I owe him a lot. He in­vested a lot in me when I was just start­ing out. He got me into a C2 in France and then his team ran me in the JWRC in 2010.

“Af­ter that, it was Philippe who got me to test a Citroen World Rally Car for the first time and then got me work with the client pro­gramme at Citroen. He helped me a lot and be­lieved in me. That’s why this win’s for him.”

Neuville also wanted to re­mem­ber an­other big sup­porter of his, Kronos Rac­ing’s Jean-pierre Mon­dron, who died last month.

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