Neuville accomplished his target to win in Japan

Thierry Neuville took successful aim at winning Rally Japan and is being of the opinion that results like that give a special boost to the whole team while he is knows that Hyundai still needs work to do before heading to the new season.

The Belgian driver stole the lead of Rally Japan from Elfyn Evans on Saturday afternoon and his second victory of the season was in danger at the end of SS15 as his gap from the Toyota driver was reduced to six tenths of a second. However, Evans suffered from a puncture to the next one stage, therefore Neuville carried a comfortable lead for the rest of Sunday and the only thing that he had to do was to arrive at the finish line of SS19.

Thierry Neuville's win at Rally Japan was his second for 2022 and it was very special for Hyundai as the team beat Toyota at their home soil and secured a double podium as Ott Tanak finished in second place overall. 

"This victory feels fantastic!", Neuville said. 

"It wasn’t an easy weekend, or indeed season, but to end with this result is incredible and shows that the performance is there. 

"Thanks to our weather guy for a great job. 

"We knew that the title chase was over, but the target was to come here to Japan to win and we’ve achieved that with a 1-2. 

"It has been a challenging season; we’ve shown a turnaround but there is still plenty of work left to do. 

"Results like this give a special boost to the whole team. 

"We know the areas where we need to improve; I keep believing in this team and I will keep pushing also. 

"Next season will be a different challenge. 

"Monte is less than two months away and we have to be ready for that".

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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