Sunday, November 27, 2022

Double victory for Hyundai in Ypres Rally 2021 - Neuville first Breen second


K. Rovanpera / Johnee Halttunen managed to overtake Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin in the 18th speed stage. The difference between them was minimal, and the fight is for every tenth. So Rovanpera came out on the 3rd position. With this battle, Rovanpera broke the top three of Hyundai, winning the honorable 3rd place on the ladder for Toyota.
After some minor mistakes, Craig Breen / Paul Nagle fell slightly behind, so the comfort of Neuville at the end before Power Stage reached 24.3 seconds.

In the end, the local star managed to win. Neuville is well acquainted with the sections here in Belgium and has not made any mistakes. Craig Breen / Paul Nagle did their best to finished second. 

Here is what the winner commented after the end of the last speed stage Thierry Neuville: I mean, we had a lot of pressure coming here, but I felt quite comfortable all the weekend and I could rely on my team and the car. It was a pleasure for me to give this first win to Martijn here in Belgium. It should have come earlier, but we were unlucky. It feels good here now.

At the end of the race Sebastien Ogier commented: I don't know if it's work that we need to plan. For sure, we have been quite unlucky with the conditions of the roads and I didn’t expect it to be so tough. The setup was not the best at the start of the rally, but we came away from here with some more points which is good.

Final ranking:
1.Thierry Neuville / M. Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 2:30:24.2
2. Craig Breen / Paul Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +30.7
3. K. Rovanpera / Johnee Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +43.1
4. Elfyn Evans / Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +49.6
5. Sebastien Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +55.8
6. Ott Tanak / M. Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +3:46.5

Ott Tanak / M. Jarveoja won the Power Stage, taking the stage with a 2.0-second lead over Ogier.
In the Rally2 category, the winners are Rossel Yohan / Coria Alexandre Citroën C3 Rally2.

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