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

Thierry Neuville and Craig Breen resumed their thrilling duel for supremacy at Ypres Rally Belgium on Saturday morning with Neuville on top after repelling a particular cost from the Irishman.

The pair had been separated by 7.6sec after Friday’s frantic opening leg. Breen threw down the gauntlet to know the outlet two asphalt tempo checks by the farm lanes of Hollebeke and Dikkebus to tidy the deficit to a pair.5sec.

Neuville fought abet and beat his Hyundai i20 World Rally Automobile team-mate in Watou and Mesen – Middelhoek, surroundings quickest time within the latter, to approach abet to Ypres for mid-leg service with his lead as much as 6.8sec.

Breen used to be briefly hindered in Hollebeke when third-positioned team-mate Ott Tänak stopped to alter a front wheel puncture and pulled abet onto the road accurate sooner than his colleague. The Estonian pulled over rapidly afterwards to permit Breen by.

Tänak’s delay, compounded by a sinister jack which slowed the tyre change, allowed Elfyn Evans into third in a Toyota Yaris. The Welshman demoted team-mate Kalle Rovanperä and went quickest in Watou to head his colleague by 2.1sec.

Championship chief Sébastien Ogier used to be 10.3sec additional adrift in fifth in any other Yaris. The Frenchman felt he used to be ‘silent missing a dinky bit bit’ by ability of efficiency but had no stress from on the abet of with the uncomfortable Tänak nearly three minutes on the abet of.

Toyota’s discipline used to be down to a pair after Takamoto Katsuta crashed carefully. The Eastern driver hit a bump in a rapidly corner which threw his Yaris valid into a ditch. It pirouetted by the air and hit an electrical energy pole sooner than a violent touchdown. He and co-driver Keaton Williams had been unharmed but their rally used to be over.

Pierre-Louis Loubet also retired when the Frenchman drifted huge valid into a ditch on the exit of a accurate upright corner in Hollebeke and his i20 would possibly maybe maybe now now not be retrieved.

Their loss of life promoted new FIA WRC3 chief Sébastien Bedoret into seventh in a Škoda Fabia. The Belgian relegated class championship chief Yohan Rossel by 0.3sec. Pieter Jan Michiel Cracco used to be ninth with Vincent Verschueren winding up the leaderboard.

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