Neuville does not expect a lot in Portugal with the part-timers' competition

Thierry Neuville does not feel confident headind to Portugal for the fifth WRC round considering his road position and the participation of the part-time drivers there.

The Belgian remains the championship leader after the end of Croatia Rally with six points ahead of the second Elfyn Evans which means that the first one will start first on the road in Portugal on Friday. However, the championship leading duo has to fight against some drivers who have a partial programme for this season, but Neuville's job will be more difficult compared to Evans as he has to sweep the roads on the opening day of the rally. In addition to that, three part-timers will make their appearance on the fifth WRC round who are his teammate, Dani Sordo, and the two multiple WRC Champions, Sebastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanpera. Neuville has won only once Rally de Portugal six years ago when he had Nicolas Gilsoul as his co-driver and was driving the Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, but he aims to get his second win of the season on the Portuguese stages.

"Not so confident", Neuville said about his thoughts on his performance in Portugal. 

"I mean, being first on the road, having all those people who do only half or part-time championships starting on the best road position… it’s frustrating for us. 

"We know it’s going to be tough out there.

"We don’t expect a lot, other than a good road position for Sunday, to at least grab some extra points. 

"That’s the only thing we can do".


Photo Credits: Hyundai

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