WRC – Shining Neuville takes dwelling win on Ypres Rally Belgium

2021 Ypres Rally Belgium – Sunday report

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

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

He led for nearly your complete occasion, keeping off a fierce first-day problem from team-mate Craig Breen. The Hyundai i20 duo then settled for a formation end after three days and nearly 300km of motion on slim Flanders farm lanes and Spa-Francorchamps race circuit.

Neuville’s successful margin was 30.7sec and marked a primary WRC win for co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. The success revitalised Neuville’s title problem, selling him right into a tie for second within the championship standings with Elfyn Evans.

Neuville, Breen and Ott Tänak gained 15 of the 20 velocity checks between them for Hyundai Motorsport and the 1-2 end enabled the squad to scale back the deficit to producers’ collection leaders Toyota Gazoo Racing to 41 factors.

Irishman Breen, for whom this was solely his second asphalt look in an i20 World Rally Automobile, secured back-to-back runner-up finishes after an analogous lead to Estonia final month.

Kalle Rovanperä completed third in a Toyota Yaris after popping out on prime of a frantic intra-team battle with Evans and Sébastien Ogier. The younger Finn traded locations with Evans all rally and regained third this morning earlier than holding off the pissed off Welshman by 6.5sec.

Ogier’s hopes of a podium place have been ended by a Sunday morning puncture. There was comfort for the Frenchman as he prolonged his lead within the drivers’ championship to 38 factors with 4 rounds remaining. He ended 6.2sec behind Evans.

In seventh total and the main class driver, Yohan Rossel held his personal towards stiff opposition to take dwelling the spoils in FIA WRC3.
Sunday had all of the elements for an exciting finale, however the battle was already over after the opening Stavelot blast. Bedoret’s Škoda Fabia Rally2 developed a transmission situation, which meant the 26-year-old needed to proceed with solely front-wheel-drive.

Rossel went on to assert his third win of the 12 months by a cushty 51.0sec margin over Pieter Jan Michiel Cracco and Fabian Kreim (+7.9) and prolonged his championship benefit to 45 factors.

Jari Huttunen survived a fraught weekend to take dwelling most factors in FIA WRC2

On the eve of the ultimate day, the Finn’s probabilities seemed slim. He trailed his Hyundai i20 N Rally2 team-mate Oliver Solberg by nearly 4 minutes after puncturing on each Friday and Saturday.

Nevertheless, the tables have been turned early on Sunday morning when Solberg’s automobile failed to start out. The problem was traced to {an electrical} fault which couldn’t be fastened.

Huttunen was hit with the identical energy steering maladies as Solberg on the previous couple of phases, however stayed on the highway to report his second victory of the 12 months and Hyundai’s first with their brand-new Rally2 automobile.

The ultimate unofficial outcomes could be consulted here.


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