Neuville to run first on road in Wales

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Belgian Rally GB debutant Thierry Neuville will lead the field away when Britain's round of the World Rally Championship commences from Llandudno on Friday morning.

Neuville's fellow Citroen DS3 WRC driver Sebastien Loeb was the first to make his choice, courtesy of his fastest time in qualifying. The defending world champion starts third.

Neuville admitted his job could be tough if the weather remains dry overnight.

"I hope there will be a lot of rain tonight, if not it will be difficult for me," he said. "It's a challenge but we will manage. My aim is to finish the rally without making a mistake."

Loeb said: "This was a team decision. It was based on the weather information we have. We heard maybe it can be quite humid in the morning and third on the road is a good place.

"Also, if it is dry, maybe it's not best to be first on the road in the afternoon. I didn't know what Mikko [Hirvonen] and Thierry would be doing - I just wanted to be third."

Hirvonen will be running second, making it a Citroen one-two-three through the mid-Wales stages.

Petter Solberg is the first Ford in fourth, with his team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala right behind him in fifth place on the road.

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