Neuville and Wydaeghe checked in hospital after test crash

Crew was testing Hyundai's 2022 i20 N Rally1 in new location in France, after snow delayed running earlier in week


Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville and co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe were taken to hospital after they crashed in testing on Saturday.

Neuville was getting his first meaningful mileage in the all-new i20 N Rally1 on Saturday when the car went off the road around lunchtime.

In an initial statement released on social media, Hyundai Motorsport said: “Thierry and Martijn went off the road while testing the i20 N Rally1 today. Crew is safe and paramedics arrived on site to treat Martijn’s shoulder injury. The crew is on their way to hospital for further evaluation.”

Hyundai issued a further update on Saturday evening to say the pair had been released from hospital after their checks.

Having completed the new car’s roll-out last week, Neuville had his run in the test-spec i20 N Rally1 delayed earlier this week after extreme weather conditions forced Hyundai to stop its test.

Neuville’s team-mate Ott Tänak and Oliver Solberg drove the car before the weather became too bad.

The team had moved out of Alsace, where heavy snow impacted running earlier in the week, to a different, snow-free location in France.

Neuville is the second factory driver to suffer a significant testing crash in a Rally1 car, with Toyota’s Elfyn Evans going off the road close to Gap in France last month.