Rallying - Hyundai's Neuville claims maiden win in German Rally

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Rallying - Hyundai's Neuville claims maiden win in German Rally
Belgian Thierry Neuville (R) and co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul sit on their Hyundai and celebrate their win on August 24, 2014 in Trier during the ADAC Rally of Germany as part of WRC World Rallye Championship. AFP PHOTO / DPA /THOMAS FREY /GERMANY OUT (AFP Photo/THOMAS FREY)

- Belgian Thierry Neuville, driving a Hyundai i20, took advantage of withdrawals by defending world champion Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matta Latvala to win his and the car manufacturer's maiden title at the German Rally on Sunday.

Neuville, 26, finished 40sec ahead of Spanish teammate Dani Sordo in a first-ever one-two and victory for Hyundai in the World Rally Championship.

Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen came in third to save some face for Volkswagen after Ogier and Latvala's crashes.

"I think we did an unbelievable job during all three days of the rally and I can only say thank you to our team," Neuville said.

"They did a fantastic job after our roll on shakedown and I couldn't believe we could achieve such a good result. We put pressure on the others and it paid off."


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