WRC stars invade Estonia – Neuville confirms entry
Citroen Junior World Rally Team drivers Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul will join Martin Prokop and Mads Østberg in auto24 Rally Estonia which is held on 20-21th of July in Southern-Estonia. This is also a historical moment because Citroen DS3 WRC has never before competed in Estonia and in the Baltic states.
It is a good news from competition side as well, Thierry Neuville is clearly a strong candidate besides other WRC aces to win auto24 Rally Estonia which is the biggest autosport event in Baltics. There will definitely be a good fight for the win between WRC drivers in auto24 Rally Estonia. Thierry Neuville is a 24 year old Citroen Junior World Rally Team driver from Belgium and he is a very talented young driver with lot of potential. In his debut season in WRC he has been showing good places and results.
Best results came from New Zealand and Argentina where he was fifth. In overall standings he is holding the eighth place. Before his debut season in WRC Thierry Neuville has competed also in JWRC and IRC. In 2011 he won with Nicolas Gilsoul Tour de Corse and Rally Sanremo in IRC series.
“From Sébastien Loeb to Kimi Räikkönen, Citroën Racing has entered its drivers in additional rallies to those in the WRC to help them prepare for the specific challenges of the terrains in question. As replacing a test session by taking part in this rally doesn’t result in extra cost we felt that Rally Estonia was the best possible training for Nicolas and Thierry,” says Benoît Nogier, director of Citroën Racing Technologies.
“With its crests and high-speed blind corners, Finland is like no other rally,” says Thierry. “In New Zealand we showed that we could run at high speeds without making any mistakes. I feel that I’m improving race after race, but I mustn’t relax and I must keep on working. It’s a great help to take part in a similar rally that’ll give us an idea of what to expect in Finland. We can work on all the following points: discover new stage in racing conditions, refine my note-taking system and optimise the car’s setup, especially as the rally has over 160-km special stages,” told Thierry Neuville to citroen-wrc.com
auto 24 Rally Estonia 2012 is held on 20-21th of July. It is the round of Estonian, Latvian, Baltic and NEZ Rally Championships and for the first time a round of FIA Historic European Sporting Rally Championship.
More information: www.rallyestonia.ee