Only a few hours after the Shakedown received this morning by Thierry Neuville at a median velocity of greater than 134 km / h, issues began to get severe round Ypres.
Even earlier than the beginning of the primary Reninge-Vleteren particular and its 15.00 km, Toyota stood out when it got here to tire alternative. Whereas the M-Sport and Hyundai riders loaded 5 and 6 laborious tires respectively, the Yaris WRC opted for 4 laborious and two gentle. First on the street, Sébastien Ogier even guess on three gentle and laborious tires.
On the forefront, Hyundai Motorsport didn’t get trapped on these acquainted roads by inserting its three i20 Coupe WRCs on the prime of the standings from the very first kilometers. Shocking chief on the finish of the primary particular, Ott Tänak appeared clearly extra assured within the Hyundai in comparison with its disappointing efficiency in Croatia earlier than falling into line within the following part following a small error.
With a mount delivering its full potential this time (after his issues encountered throughout Shakedown), Craig Breen used his expertise on the Flemish roads to maintain tempo along with his teammates regardless of “a giant shock on a concrete curb” in ES1. Within the second Westouter-Boeschepe particular, which had the particularity of beginning in Belgium and ending in France, the Irishman did even higher by signing the scratch to take the lead for zero “7 in opposition to Neuville, on the proper tempo on this begin of the rally regardless of issues along with his pair of glasses.
For the Toyota Gazoo Racing staff, the start-up was a lot much less environment friendly. On a street with “loads of mud”, the choice favored by Sébastien Ogier didn’t repay, with “some errors” sufficient to already lose greater than 16 “and the contact in opposition to the main males. Greater than 10” behind the chief, Elfyn Evans was the quickest within the Japanese clan with out giving the sensation of with the ability to compete with the i20 Cups. WRC.
Seventh, Adrien Fourmaux obtained the higher of Katsuta whereas additionally making a primary distinction in opposition to his teammate Greensmith. For his half, Pierre-Louis Loubet has already visited a area following a failed braking.
The primary loop continues from three.15pm with 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