Hyundai Motorsport sign Thierry Neuville as World Rally Championship driver

Last Updated: 05/11/13 11:20am

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Thierry Neuville has traded the Ford Qatar World Rally team for Hyundai

Thierry Neuville has traded the Ford Qatar World Rally team for Hyundai

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Hyundai Motorsport have signalled their intent to mount a serious challenge for the World Rally Championship by confirming Belgian Thierry Neuville as their lead driver for the 2014 season.

Neuville and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul complete the team's line-up and will drive the new i20 WRC rally car during the course of the year.

The 25-year-old, who currently drives a Ford for the Qatar World Rally Team, has been heralded as one of the brightest talents in the sport, following six consecutive podiums, including four second place finishes.

He currently lies second in the overall standings, behind Volkswagen's French driver Sebastien Ogier who has already clinched the 2013 title.

"By signing a driver of Thierry's talent, we can show that Hyundai's WRC engagement is serious and focussed on long-term success," team principal Michel Nandan said in a statement.

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