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

Neuville signs three-year contract extension with Hyundai

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

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

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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