Neuville and Gilsoul part ways!


Gilsoul had been co-driving for Neuville in the WRC since 2012, winning 13 rallies with his fellow Belgian – including last year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo, with the pairing having been expected to defend their title next week (21-24 Jan).

Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) of team Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT celebrate on the podium in first place after winning the World Rally Championship France in Calvi,France on March 31 2019

However, catching the rallying world by surprise on Friday morning (15 Jan), Neuville announced on his social media channels at 09:30 CET  that he will start the 2021 season with Martin Wydaeghe, who has competed in WRC support categories, most recently contesting seven rallies in WRC 2 in 2019, reading the notes for Guillaume de Mevius.

Neuville provided a statement on Friday, explaining: “We couldn’t find an agreement with Nicolas for this new season so we decided to stop our cooperation.

We have great memories together and I want to thank him for his work during the last ten years. Now it’s time to focus on Rally Monte-Carlo and we are working hard with Martjin to get ready although it will be a very challenging event for both of us.”