Hyundai man gets Porsche 911

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Hyundai fac­tory star Thierry Neuville will take time out of his World Rally Championship pro­gramme to drive a Porsche 911 on the Leg­end Boucles Bas­togne on February 18/19.

Neuville and WRC co-driver Ni­co­las Gil­soul will switch from their reg­u­lar Hyundai to com­pete on their home event in a 1973 Group 4 Porsche 911RS from Bernard Mun­ster Au­tosport. Neuville has pre­vi­ously con­tested the Boucles in a Citroen Visa and also a Ford Es­cort Mk2.

Straight af­ter Rally Swe­den, Neuville and Gil­soul will be the big stars on the Bel­gian event in the three-litre Porsche that Mun­ster used to win the Boucles in 2016. Once again, the event will fea­ture as­phalt sec­tions on the first day and gravel tests on the se­cond.

“This time, ev­ery­thing came to­gether,” said Neuville, who comes from nearby St Vith.

“It will be the only op­por­tu­nity this year to drive with no pres­sure and for our fans, just to have fun and make some skids at the wheel of a clas­sic car. But this doesn’t mean that we won’t be try­ing to win.”

Sev­eral tests are planned ahead of the event, which is of­ten af­fected by snow and ice.

Con­test­ing the rally will have a spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance for Gil­soul. “It is re­ally a great plea­sure to come back to the Leg­end Boucles, an event dear to my heart as my par­ents met dur­ing this rally 41 years ago,” he said.

“My fa­ther ab­so­lutely wanted to see Stig Blomqvist com­pete on the rally. With­out the Swedish driver, I may not be here to­day.”

Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence, LAT

Neuville and Gil­soul in their Citroen Visa

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