A loss of concentration caused Neuville's retirement in Sardinia

Thierry Neuville reveals the real cause behind his accident in Stage 8 of Rally Italia Sardegna saying that he was not able to continue as there was no spectator to help him to unstuck his i20N from the ditch.

The Belgian driver gained two places at the end of Stage and climbed to third overall while he faced a small intercom issue in Stage 7, but it was nothing serious to worry about. However, he had spin after a corner of Stage 8 resulting in sliding off the road. His i20N was stuck into a ditch and had to stop 15.5 Km into SS8 as he and Martijn Wydaeghe could not get help from a spectator as there was no one at that area of the stage. The most important thing is that he could extend his championship lead by two points with the overall classification after the end of Stage 7 and without the SuperSunday and the Powerstage points, but now Ott Tanak and Elfyn Evans have to chance to cut his lead and to gain ground as the championship will head to three consecutive fast gravel rallies which are the Achilles heel for Neuville.

"I lost concentration a bit in the previous corner and just didn’t realize there was immediately a slow corner after that", Neuville said.

"Once I realized that I was too late on brakes I immediately knew it was going to be tricky to get out of that situation.

"As soon as the car got stuck, basically it was over for us. 

"There were no spectators, there was nobody to help. 

"There was no way of continuing despite having zero damage on the car. 

"We were just stuck in the ditch".

Source: DirtFish.com

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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