Neuville about his crash in SS11 at Croatia Rally

Thierry Neuville is talking about his accident in Stage 11 of Croatia Rally which led him to retire from Saturday and to lose his chance to win this event for Craig Breen and Hyundai.

The Belgian driver was leading over Elfyn Evans for 10,8 seconds after the end of Stage 10, but he went off the road 5,2 Km into SS11 and afterwards hit a tree resulting in damaging heavily the rear left of his i20N and not being able to continue. He left his car on the side of the road while Yohan Rossel, who was the following driver after Neuville, had to slow down in that spot. Neuville and his co-driver, Martjn Wydaeghe, are unharmed and it is yet to be confirmed if they will restart on Sunday under the regulations of Rally2.

"I have to check, but especially on the data", Neuville said. 

"I think I just lock up the wheels under braking and had I got in the dust and that’s about it.

"I don’t know. 

"I didn’t have the feeling like I was driving too fast.

"I think I just probably got into the dirt on the braking, and then with the hard tire on the front it, locked the wheel and I just went a bit straight.

"And once in the dust it’s hard to keep it on the road.

"So it’s a shame. 

"We had a mission this weekend and we were on it, but obviously… 

"Yeah, just not confident all the time and on a rally like this, when you are not 100% confident, the smallest mistakes can catch you out".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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