This primary lengthy day of the Ypres Rally ended beneath the final rays of the solar in Belgium with the Kemmelberg particular, the second passage by way of Zonnebeke (SS8) being lastly canceled for security causes.
Outpaced within the first three levels by his teammates, Thierry Neuville took his time earlier than stepping up the tempo and establishing the most effective occasions like a metronome. Unbeaten through the second loop, the Belgian grabbed valuable tenths over the specials in opposition to his closest opponent, Craig Breen. Introduced as the principle favorites as a consequence of their expertise on Flemish roads, the 2 Hyundai Motorsport drivers responded, the Irishman solely giving approach on the finish of the day to return to Ypres this night with a 7.6 delay. greater than 30 “from the chief, the match for the final step of the rostrum seems nice with Tänak, Rovanperä, Evans and Ogier grouped collectively in eight” four.
Though he confirmed that the work with Keaton Williams was going nicely, Takamoto Katsuta suffered on the Flemish levels this Friday. Unable to become involved within the battle on the forefront just like the final rallies, the Japanese didn’t have the arguments to goal higher than his seventh place greater than a minute behind the chief. For his half, Pierre-Louis Loubet was not spared. After an error in SS2, the Corsican rapidly discovered himself lonely in eighth place after a puncture in SS6. Huge losers of the day, the M-Sport riders took turns within the first loop. If Greensmith will resume the race this Saturday, the British crew has confirmed the definitive retirement of Fourmaux.
The second day begins this Saturday from 9:11 am with the longest particular of the weekend, Hollebeke and its 25.86 km. The Ypres Rally could 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
SS7: T. Neuville