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2021 Ypres Rally Belgium - Final podium (DPPI / Gregory Lenormand)

Thierry Neuville clinched his first victory of the FIA World Rally Championship season on home roads at Ypres Rally Belgium on Sunday afternoon.

He led for nearly about the entire tournament, warding off a fierce first-day area from group-mate Craig Breen. The Hyundai i20 duo then settled for a formation attain after three days and nearly 300km of motion on narrow Flanders farm lanes and Spa-Francorchamps scoot circuit.

Neuville’s winning margin used to be 30.7sec and marked a predominant WRC preserve for co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. The success revitalised Neuville’s title area, selling him valid into a tie for 2nd within the championship standings with Elfyn Evans.

Neuville, Breen and Ott Tänak won 15 of the 20 tempo checks between them for Hyundai Motorsport and the 1-2 attain enabled the squad to diminish the deficit to manufacturers’ sequence leaders Toyota Gazoo Racing to 41 aspects.

Irishman Breen, for whom this used to be most practical his 2nd asphalt appearance in an i20 World Rally Automobile, secured reduction-to-reduction runner-up finishes after a identical consequence in Estonia final month.

Kalle Rovanperä accomplished third in a Toyota Yaris after popping out on high of a frantic intra-group fight with Evans and Sébastien Ogier. The younger Finn traded places with Evans all rally and regained third this morning sooner than preserving off the pissed off Welshman by 6.5sec.

Ogier’s hopes of a podium site had been ended by a Sunday morning puncture. There used to be consolation for the Frenchman as he extended his lead within the drivers’ championship to 38 aspects with four rounds ideal. He ended 6.2sec unhurried Evans.

In seventh total and the main category driver, Yohan Rossel held his dangle in opposition to stiff opposition to consume home the spoils in FIA WRC3.

Sunday had the entire substances for a thrilling finale, however the battle used to be already over after the opening Stavelot blast. Bedoret’s Škoda Fabia Rally2 developed a transmission dispute, which intended the 26-yr-outmoded needed to continue with most practical front-wheel-power.

Rossel went on to train his third preserve of the yr by a elated 51.0sec margin over Pieter Jan Michiel Cracco and Fabian Kreim (+7.9) and extended his championship profit to 45 aspects.

Jari Huttunen survived a fraught weekend to consume home maximum aspects in FIA WRC2

On the eve of the final day, the Finn’s probabilities looked slim. He trailed his Hyundai i20 N Rally2 group-mate Oliver Solberg by nearly four minutes after puncturing on each and each Friday and Saturday.

Then all all over again, the tables had been turned early on Sunday morning when Solberg’s automobile failed to launch. The problem used to be traced to an electrical fault which could now not be mounted.

Huttunen used to be hit with the identical energy guidance maladies as Solberg on the final few phases, but stayed on the motorway to characterize his 2nd victory of the yr and Hyundai’s first with their designate-unique Rally2 automobile.

The final unofficial results will also even be consulted here.


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