Neuville joins BRC con­tenders with Ypres R5 en­try

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World Rally Cham­pi­onship driver Thierry Neuville will com­pete on the Ypres Rally in his na­tive Bel­gium in 2017.

Neuville, 28, will com­pete in the mar­que’s new i20 R5-spec­i­fi­ca­tion car on the event, which is a round of the British and Bel­gian cham­pi­onships and Tour Euro­pean Rally Se­ries this year.

Ypres Rally man­ager Alain Pe­nasse, who is also Neuville’s team man­ager of the Hyundai WRC team, said it was key for the event to boast the coun­try’s “lead­ing” WRC driver.

“This is fi­nal [Neuville en­ter­ing the event], every­one in Bel­gium wants to see Thierry in ac­tion at Ypres,” said Pe­nasse. “For us and to Ypres it’s very im­por­tant to have him there, he’s the lead­ing Bel­gian driver for the mo­ment. It’s also another op­por­tu­nity to show what the new R5 is ca­pa­ble of.”

Neuville last com­peted on the event in 2011 in a Peu­geot 207 S2000 when bro­ken sus­pen­sion put him out of the event.

Hyundai i20 R5 de­buted as a course car on last year’s Ypres Rally

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