It’s the end of an incredible season. So many feelings are going through my head at the moment, but the strongest of them all is gratitude. Thank you to the Hyundai Motorsport team –especially to our mechanics– for their fantastic job. Thank you to Thierry for his trust, our journey is far from being over. Thank you to my family and close friends for their unconditional support. And thank to you, our fans from Belgium and beyond, thank you for supporting us in victory and defeat, thank you for your thousands of messages…
To all of you, I’m extremely thankful and I realise every day how lucky I am to do what I love for a living and wave high the colours of a country that truly loves our sport.
it was the last rally of the season. We knew it would be complicated… and we were right. Our rhythm was good from the first stages but a puncture at the end of the day and a tyre off the rim relegated us to the 10th position! This meant we had to open the road on Saturday, making any progress in the classification almost impossible!
We had 6 stages left this Sunday morning to achieve the impossible on track made really slippery by rain falls. We decided to go for it and have no regrets. After three really good times, we took the start of the ‘Coramba’ stage going flat out. But more showers had turned it into a skating ring and we entered a long left at too high speed! No way to avoid an off: broken suspension, it was over.
Congratulations to Seb Ogier and Julien Ingrassia for their 6th title. It was an honor to battle against them.
See you all on the Monte Carlo stages. One thing is certain, I can’t wait for 2019 to start!