The occasion is the primary time Neuville will carry out on dwelling soil within the WRC because the well-known tarmac rally lastly joins the calendar following its cancellation resulting from COVID-19 final yr.
The Hyundai Motorsport driver is probably the most aware of Belgium’s distinctive asphalt roads and is a former Ypres winner in 2018, whereas team-mate Craig Breen triumphed on the occasion the next season.
Armed with native information, Neuville has emerged because the pre-event favorite, and whereas he’s nonetheless anticipating a detailed combat for victory, the 33-year-old is hoping the expertise will assist him rating a primary win since Monte Carlo in January 2020.
“As all the time we’ve got probability for outcome, it’s nothing completely different in comparison with different rallies,” stated Neuville, who has completed third in 5 of the seven rallies this yr, and sits 52 factors adrift of championship chief Sebastien Ogier.
“We’re more often than not among the many leaders with 5 podiums in seven rallies. Now we have been within the sport just about in all places.
Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
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“It needs to be the identical this weekend and some of the opponents are going to make the combat robust.
“I don’t see why the hole needs to be greater right here than traditional between us, however hopefully I could be a little be bit extra protected and relaxed than them, and take my information from the area and the phases. If I can profit from that I ought to have the higher hand.
“It’s a particular occasion and the grip adjustments are excessive and the grip basically is low and if the climate is dangerous it’s a nightmare to drive within the rain.
“Nevertheless it appears to be like as if the situations will stabilise for the tip of the week. I do know what’s our goal and what to do.”
Neuville has arrived in Ypres off the again of a 3rd place end in Estonia regardless of battling sickness and a watch an infection on the ultimate day. Heading into his dwelling occasion, Neuville confirmed he’s again to full health.
“It took some time to [feel better] be sincere however now I can work with my two eyes. It appears to be like like I bought one thing in there and it bought contaminated,” he added.
Rally Ypres will likely be contested over 20 phases protecting 295.75kms, starting tomorrow afternoon and concluding on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Sunday.