Chosen to race the BFGoodrich Drivers Team car
Belgium's Thierry Neuville has been named by a jury of journalists to drive the BFGoodrich Drivers Team Peugeot 207 S2000 on the forthcoming Belgium Ypres Rally, June 19-20.
Neville, who will celebrate his 21st birthday
on June 16, is a member of the RACB's national rally squad and provisionally tops the 2009 Citroen Racing Trophy Benelux standings. He was selected to drive the BFGoodrich Drivers Team car on the Belgium Ypres Rally by a score of eights votes to six (for Melissa De Backere).
The 19-strong jury – made up of journalists and representatives from the RACB, BFGoodrich and Kronos Racing – met in Brussels to choose from the final shortlist of five drivers. In addition to Neuville and De Backere, the list included Mathias Boon, Pieter Tsjoen and Bertrand Grooten.
Thierry Neuville will follow in the shoes of Patrick Snijers who took the BFGoodrich Drivers Team Peugeot 207 S2000 to fifth place overall on the 2008 Belgium Ypres Rally, while Sebastien Ogier, the most recent person to drive in the BFGoodrich Drivers Team's colours, steered the car to its maiden victory at last January's Rallye Monte Carlo.
The BFGoodrich Drivers Team operation gives drivers named by a jury a chance to contest their home round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in a Kronos racing-run, BFGoodrich-shod Peugeot 207 S2000. This year, the team's programme features five events: Monte Carlo, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Italy and Scotland.
Thierry Neuville will get his first chance to sample the Peugeot 207 S2000 in a test organised by Kronos Racing, and with a BFGoodrich technician in attendance, on Wednesday June 10.
He will then line up for the start of the 45th Belgium Ypres Rally on Friday June 19.