Thierry & Nicolas.

The Belgian duo have been perennial favourites to win the WRC championship for quite a while now. After placing 2nd overall in four consecutive years from 2016-2019, they are on the hunt again for their first overall title.

Hyundai Motorsport driver Thierry Neuville and signature

Thierry Neuville.

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    Birthday

    16 Jun 1988

  2. Place of birth icon

    Place of birth

    Sankt Vith in Belgium

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    Nationality

    Belgian

    Career.

    With huge rallying success in his teenage years, Thierry made his debut in the WRC in 2009 at age 19. After finishing second overall in the 2013 season, Hyundai Motorsport signed Thierry for our debut season in 2014. Alongside co-driver Nicolas, he scored our team’s debut podium in Mexico 2014, as well as a memorable 1-2 Hyundai finish in Rallye Deutschland (ahead of Dani) – our maiden victory. Since then he has put together a string of very strong seasons, finishing as championship runner-up on four consecutive occasions from 2016-2019. He is now in his seventh season with Hyundai, entering the competition with 12 wins under his belt – and hungry for his own championship title.

    Recent highlights.

    2019

    All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (14)
    Best result: 1st overall, Tour de Corse, Rally Argentina and Rally de España
    Final classification: 2nd

    2018

    All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
    Best result: 1st overall, Rally Sweden, Rally Portugal, Rally Italia Sardegna
    Final classification: 2nd

    2017

    All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
    Best result: 1st overall, Tour de Corse, Rally Argentina, Rally Poland and Rally Australia
    Final classification: 2nd

    Hyundai Motorsport driver Thierry Neuville being interview
    My idol while growing up was my compatriot Bruno Thiry, but I was also a Schumacher fan in F1.

    - Thierry Neuville -

    Interests.

    Fitness, buggy driving, jet skiing, karting, and working on my cars.

    Facts about Thierry.

    01. What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

    The Maldives are top of the list!

    02. Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally driver?

    I would have become a driving instructor instead.

    03. What is your favourite food?

    I love pasta.

    04. Describe yourself in 3 words

    Impatient, ambitious, sociable.

    Hyundai Motorsport co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul and signature

    Nicolas Gilsoul.

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      Birthday

      05 Feb 1982

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      Place of birth

      Chênée in Belgium

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      Nationality

      Belgian

      Career.

      Active as a co-driver since 2000 and competing at the WRC level since 2007 – Nicolas teamed up with Thierry Neuville in 2011. His proficiency as a co-driver is what impressed Thierry and brought the duo together. His move over to Hyundai Motorsport helped secure our first-ever podium in Mexico and maiden victory in Germany in 2014. Finishing second in the Championship in 2016, Nicolas was awarded the prestigious WRC Co-driver of the Year accolade. Alongside Thierry, Nicolas has helped cement our Belgian crew’s status as one of the most formidable in WRC.

      Recent highlights.

      2019

      All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (14)
      Best result: 1st overall, Tour de Corse, Rally Argentina, and Rally de España
      Final classification: 2nd

      2018

      All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
      Best result: 1st overall, Rally Sweden, Rally Portugal, Rally Italia Sardegna
      Final classification: 2nd

      2017

      All rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship with Hyundai (13)
      Best result: 1st overall, Tour de Corse, Rally Argentina, Rally Poland and Rally Australia
      Final classification: 2nd

      Hyundai Motorsport driver Nicolas Gilsoul laughing with driver Thierry Neuville in the background
      Sebastien Loeb for his amazing career. A very special person, huge talent and a very accessible guy.

      - Nicolas Gilsoul -

      Interests.

      Sports, family & friends, cooking, mountain biking, swimming.

      Facts about Nicolas.

      01. What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

      Africa as in Tanzania or Kenya for the exceptional landscape. Away from stress, meeting friendly people, the sun’s shining and I’m surrounded by wildlife.

      02. Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a rally co-driver?

      Since childhood, I’ve been focusing on becoming a rally navigator, I’m unable to reply.

      03. What is your favourite food?

      I’m an Epicurean, so tasting new food is a nice way to discover new culture. An Argentinian “lomo de biffe” with a glass of Saint Felicien Malbec is probably my favorite choice.

      04 .Describe yourself in 3 words:

      Passionate, honest, generous.