Breen in control as it heats up (literally) behind | WRC Renties Ypres Rally Belgium 2021

While Kevin Abbring may be able to take stage wins, Craig Breen is managing the rally from the front. Though there have been new stage winners over the loop with VIncent Verschueren and Kris Princen taking their first stage wins over the weekend of the weekend.


There have been no changes for the top 4, with the trio of VW Polo R5s - Breen, Abbring and Princen keeping control at front. The fastest of the rest, the related car of Skoda Fabia with Sébastien Bedoret proving his pace. But the gap Abbring from Princen for 2nd place has remained stable at 8.2 seconds.


On SS13, JPM Cracco (Skoda Fabia), who was in ninth had to retire after a crash on Langemark, allowing the rest to move up a place. Vincent Verschueren (Skoda Fabia) showed his undoubted pace on the loop, passing Davy Vanneste's VW Polo, leading British runner, Matt Edwards (Ford Fiesta) and Freddy Loix's who had a puncture on SS 16. Amazingly, it was Loix’s first puncture in Ypres for a decade! Verschueren was able to seize the 5th position. With all the drama Joachim Wagemans (Peugeot) was able to move into the top10.


Edwards suffered from an issue, Losing more than 1 minute overall on the loop and 20 seconds to his British rival, Tom Cave. Edwards maintains the lead and the suspense in the British Championship and everything remains possible! After his crash yesterday Rhys Yates (Skoda Fabia) was quick but crashed again this time at the beginning of the stage 15 and has retired.


There has been no change in GT, still led by Tim van Parijs (Porsche), and in R2, Englishman James Williams (Ford Fiesta R2T) continues to lead and is 17th overall.


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