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Thierry Neuville explains that he is happy with his speed despite mechanical gremlins putting an end to his Mexican charge. Neuville was lying in third before an electrical problem forced him to retire from the first day's action. “Going home from Mexico I’m still third in the championship. It’s OK. I will benefit from a better place on the road – even if I don’t know where that (rally) will be." Neuville said. “Unfortunately, we were caught out by some technical issues on the first proper day of the rally and that put us on the back foot. It’s tough to take but it’s also part of the game in motorsport. “On a positive note, we have shown that the speed is there to fight for the victory. After our troubles we wanted to come back fighting and we did just that with a strong Saturday overall,” he added.

Thierry Neuville in action on one of the Rally Mexico street stages. Photo: Hyundai

Rather than giving up, he fought back in the quest for manufacturers' points for his Hyundai tea,. “We bring back some points for the manufacturers. It was important, that’s why we kept going. We set some good times, some fastest times, that’s always nice. “I tried to push as hard as possible. Together, as a team, we are going to work hard to avoid the sort of problems we’ve had this weekend and to come back stronger than ever,” he concluded.
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