Neuville unveils the key area that Hyundai changed for fast gravel rallies

Thierry Neuville says that Hyundai made some improvements to the dampers for the fast gravel rallies which came as a result of his cooperation with Esapekka Lappi.

The Belgian driver is in second place overall before heading to the final day of Rally Estonia and was leading this event after Stage 4. Apart from Ott Tanak who won Rally Finland in 2022, it is the first time for Neuville that he is in the fight for the victory of a fast gravel event, such as Rally Estonia. However, it is not only him that is in the fight with a Toyota driver as Esapekka Lappi is trying to defend his third place from Elfyn Evans. At the end of Saturday, Hyundai closes in securing a double podium in Estonia as its full-time drivers are at the top three with four stages remaining until the end of the eighth WRC round.

"Ott liked the car more very soft and crashing through all the time", Neuville said. 

"For me it was like, frightening – giving me heart attacks.

"The difference from last year is mainly coming in the dampers – we worked on the dampers, a bit on the kinematics as well, but more slowly throughout the season. 

"Compared to last year, the dampers are giving much more protection and much more confidence when it’s rough on the second pass.

"That’s more my driving style, and together with Esapekka, we are similar driving style and preferences, so we work in the same direction and that works quite well".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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