Thierry Neuville recounts his crash at Rally Japan

An error reading the wet road cost Thierry Neuville's chances of 2nd place in the Drivers’ World Championship in Japan.

Published on 17/11/2023 à 13:45

Medhi Casaurang

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Thierry Neuville recounts his crash at Rally Japan

Thierry Neuville saw red in Japan this Friday. Photo DPPI / Nikos Natikis

The ascending curve of Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe at the end of the 2023 season WRC (podium in Chile, victory at the Central Europe Rally) suffered a violent stop against a solid Japanese tree, during the 6th special of the Rally from Japan this Friday, November 17.

The Belgian crew was then fighting for first position in the event, and had made up almost 15 seconds on leaders Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin in the previous special. With only 10 seconds to spare, the duel was in full swing... until the first 100 meters of SS6.

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“Our rally unfortunately ended in very tricky conditions this (Friday) morning, declared Thierry Neuville. However, we started with a good pace, things were going well. In addition, during the afternoon loop, the weather improved a little, and we were getting closer to the front of the race.

We were only 10 seconds behind Elfyn with only one goal in mind: to win. Unfortunately, after 80 or 100 meters in the special, there was a compression bend that I misjudged. The engine guard scraped the ground and it bounced me off the road.

I'm really sorry for everyone and the whole team because after the Central Europe Rally and the podium in Chile, we wanted to get on the podium again this weekend. »

Thierry Neuville will therefore not finish vice-champion this season, this merit already going to Elfyn Evans. Before the start of the rally, the driver Toyota had 191 points against 184 for the Belgian.

Medhi Casaurang

Passionate about the history of motorsport across all disciplines, I learned to read thanks to AUTOhebdo. At least that's what my parents tell everyone when they see my name inside!

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