Neuville tipped to impress

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Thierry Neuville is capable of producing a surprise result on the Belgium Ypres Rally according to his team boss. Neuville, who will be 21 by the time the event starts in Ypres on June 18, impressed joint Kronos Racing team principal Marc van Dalen during a test in Belgium on June 10.

Kronos is responsible for preparing the Peugeot 207 Super 2000 Neuville will use on the asphalt event, which is his prize for being selected as the BFGoodrich Drivers' Team representative on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier.

"I was surprised how well he did in the test because it was his first time in a four-wheel-drive car," said van Dalen. "He seems to be very mature for his age and providing he does what he is told then I really think he can get a good result because he understood very quickly how to drive these cars and what he must do."

Neuville, a German-speaking Belgian, forged a strong reputation competing in the one- make Ford Fiesta and Citroen C2 championships in his homeland. A panel of Belgian journalists, members of Belgium's motorsport governing body and representatives of tyre company BFGoodrich and Kronos Racing selected Neuville for the drive.