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2021 WRC - Ypres Rally Belgium - T. Neuville / M. Wydaeghe (DPPI / Gregory Lenormand)

Thierry Neuville remained firmly on computer screen for an emotional dwelling victory at Ypres Rally Belgium after a like a flash and infected second leg on Saturday.

Hunting a prime recall of the FIA World Rally Championship season, Neuville heads Hyundai i20 World Rally Car team-mate Craig Breen by 10.1sec with a day very most inspiring at this eighth round.

After Friday’s frantic fight in Flanders’ asphalt farm lanes, after which they had been separated by 7.6sec, the pair had been all once more in a class of their very enjoy on narrow like a flash roads south of Ypres.

Breen threw down the gauntlet to recall the opening two speed tests and honest the deficit to about a.5sec. Neuville fought again to beat the Irishman in the next two and reach mid-leg service along with his lead as a lot as 6.8sec.

He added two more stage wins this afternoon in comparison to Breen’s one, extending his advantage as the Hyundai drivers seemed convey material to support blueprint whereas a trio of Toyota Yaris vehicles fought for the final podium blueprint in the again of.

Hyundai restarted with a podium lockout nonetheless Ott Tänak dropped three minutes in the opening take a look at stopping to alternate a puncture. A wicked jack added to the Estonian’s woes as he plunged to sixth.

As an alternative Elfyn Evans, Kalle Rovanperä and championship leader Sébastien Ogier battled all day for third and had been lined by 4.3sec on the terminate. Welshman Evans obtained one morning stage and Ogier scored two fastest instances this afternoon.

Evans finished larger than half a minute adrift of Breen nonetheless with a truly necessary 3.3sec in give up Rovanperä. Ogier changed into once wretched on dirty roads this morning nonetheless felt more tickled this afternoon and closed to within 1.0sec of the younger Finn.

Toyota’s be troubled changed into once all of the design down to about a after Takamoto Katsuta crashed heavily in the morning Dikkebus stage. The Jap driver hit a bump in a like a flash corner which threw his Yaris right into a ditch. He and co-driver Keaton Williams had been unhurt nonetheless their rally changed into once over.

Pierre-Louis Loubet additionally retired when the Frenchman drifted wide right into a ditch on the exit of a tight very most inspiring corner in Hollebeke and his i20 may perhaps maybe perhaps well also now not be retrieved.

Their loss of life promoted contemporary FIA WRC3 leader Sébastien Bedoret into seventh in a Škoda Fabia. The Belgian eased earlier than class championship leader Yohan Rossel from France by 0.9sec. Local driver Pieter Jan Michiel Cracco changed into once ninth with fellow countryman Vincent Verschueren ending the leaderboard.

In the Junior WRC Championship, Jon Armonstrong continues to handbook the class earlier than Sami Pajari in 2nd, with a tickled benefit of over one minute. Robert Virves completes the in a single day podium.

The major level of interest now switches 300km east for Sunday’s finale on the Spa-Francorchamps jog circuit, terminate to the German border. Two identical stages are pushed twice, overlaying 40.52km, mixing nation roads with iconic computer screen sections equivalent to Eau Rouge, Raidillon and Malmedy. The rally ends with bonus factors on hand in the Vitality Stage.

The provisional standings will even be consulted here.


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