September 12, 2018 / 1:34 PM / 7 days ago

Neuville signs three-year contract extension with Hyundai

(Reuters) - Rally world championship leader Thierry Neuville has signed a three-year contract extension with his Hyundai team, they announced on Wednesday.

Rallying Britain - Wales Rally GB - FIA World Rally Championship - Wales - 28/10/16 Hyundai Motorsport's Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul during SS2 at Sweet Lamb Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Peter Cziborra Livepic

The Belgian, who has taken nine wins since 2014, will now stay until the end of the 2021 season.

Neuville has a 23-point advantage over reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier heading into this weekend’s Rally of Turkey, with Hyundai also leading the manufacturers’ standings with four races remaining.

“We have improved a lot in recent seasons, and it has always been my target to build continuity for my career by remaining with this team,” he said in a Hyundai statement.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Christian Radnedge

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