Thierry Neuville starts this week’s ACI Rally Monza (3 – 6 December) with two WRC world titles still in his sights – but the Belgian is also looking to go one better than his previous two Monza outings.
Neuville, who is 24 points behind drivers’ series leader Elfyn Evans, finished second at the Monza Rally Show both last year and in 2015 and is a fan of seeing the WRC at Italy’s famed Cathedral of Speed for the first time.
He is an outsider for title honours, but, along with team-mates Ott Tänak and Dani Sordo, will also be looking to defend Hyundai Motorsport’s seven-point lead over Toyota Gazoo Racing in the manufacturers’ standings.
Neuville said: “I have done Monza a couple of times as a rally show, which was certainly different to the format in which we are going to run it this year in WRC.
“Rally Monza is definitely a special event for this year and it’s good to add it to the WRC calendar in such a difficult situation.
“I’ve always had an enjoyable experience there. This season finale is going to be an exciting event, very intense and almost like a sprint with small gaps between the crews. We will give it everything we’ve got,” he added.
Full coverage from ACI Rally Monza will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.