After passing by means of the Ypres service park, the discussions resumed within the 4 specials already taken at the beginning of the afternoon on roads polluted by the passage of the hundred or so vehicles entered.
In these altering circumstances of grip, the expertise of Thierry Neuville and Craig Breen made the distinction. Inseparable from the beginning, the 2 Hyundai Motorsport drivers set the tempo once more on the finish of the afternoon. Thanks to 2 extra quickest occasions, the Belgian nonetheless got here away barely within the lead for Four-Zero in opposition to his teammate.
Behind the 2 main males, the gaps narrowed for the final step of the rostrum. First chief of the rally, Ott Tänak lastly conceded lots of floor on his team-mates, solely to seek out himself below the direct risk of Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä, who fell to three “Four and 5” 9 respectively.
Pushed again greater than 13 “from third place held by the Estonian, Sébastien Ogier did not reverse the pattern despite the fact that he tried “various things” particularly on the settings of his Yaris WRC. A rank behind the Gapençais, Takamoto Katsuta additionally suffered by exhibiting a face he had not often displayed this season. Behind the WRC in eighth place, Pierre-Louis Loubet was not spared following a puncture, now pushing him again greater than two minutes from the chief.
The primary stage continues from 7:54 pm with the second passage by means of the Kemmelberg particular and its 23.62 km. The Ypres Rally may be adopted in its entirety on Motorsport.com.
ES1: O. Tänak
ES2: C. Breen
ES3: C. Breen
ES4: T. Neuville
ES5: T. Neuville
ES6: T. Neuville