Rally Finland Thierry Neuville confident of Rally Finland start despite crash

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville is confident his car will be ready for the opening stage of Rally Finland despite crashing on his practice run.

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Thierry Neuville expects to be on the start line for the first super stage of the Rally Finland on Thursday despite a crash on the shakedown stage.

The Hyundai driver came off the tree-lined route on his final preparations ahead of the latest round of the championship, his car suffering rear end damage after felling a tree.

Having returned to the service park on a trailer, Neuville's team immediately began to repair his car and he is confident it will be ready for the 2.27-kilometre street-stage that starts this year's event.

"It doesn't change anything. It's better to crash in shakedown than the first [full-length] stage tomorrow," he told Autosport.

"I feel very sorry for the team because they have a lot of work [to do]. It would have been nice to have a couple of runs this morning.

"[Co-driver] Nicolas [Gilsoul] and I were pretty lucky to get away without any injury. When you go straight to the trees at this speed, it's not so nice.

"The problem came for me in the fifth-gear left corner. We came to this corner at 160km/h. It was quite a big moment."

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