Loop 1 - Day 3: Neuville consolidates, Ogier loses ground | WRC Renties Ypres Rally Belgium 2021

Loop 1 - Day 3: Neuville consolidates, Ogier loses ground

The Renties Ypres Rally Belgium 2021 moved from Ypres to Spa-Francorchamps this morning to compete on the last day around the famous Ardennes toboggan. Two or three observations are necessary after these first 20 kilometres.

First of all, no one is immune and both Craig Breen and Sébastien Ogier are the best witnesses! It was not too serious for the Irishman, who touched a bank but without any noticeable consequences. It was a little less comical for the Frenchman who, due to a puncture, has virtually lost all chance of being on the podium.

Especially as his rivals which happen to be his own teammates (Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä) are engaged in a frantic fight to take this envied place on the smallest step. At this little game, the young Finn ran strongly this morning, first taking the stage win at Stavelot (his first of the weekend), then coming in second on Francorchamps (0.5 from Tänak), resulting in taking another 5-6 from the Welshman, and his 3rd place. The end of the rally promises to be hot battle between the Toyota boys.

Finally, the good news is that Thierry Neuville seems to be in control of his rally. Especially as Breen's little mistake allowed him to distance himself a little more. The man who grew up near these roads is 20.26 km from the victory.

In any case, it was a nice start to the final day this morning on one of the most beautiful circuits in the world, for racers and rally drivers alike. Make a note to tune in a little before half past twelve to find out the final result of this Renties Ypres Rally Belgium.

Stage Winners

 

SS

Stage

Dist

Scratch

Time

Leader

Friday 13.08.2021

SS1

Reninge - Vleteren 1

15.00 km

Tänak 1

7’49"1

Tänak

SS2

Westouter – Boeschepe 1

19.12 km

Breen 1

1’35”3

Breen

SS3

Kemmelberg 1

23.62 km

Breen 2

11’39"7

Breen

SS4

Zonnebeke 1

9.45 km

Neuville 1

4’34”0

Neuville

SS5

Reninge - Vleteren 2

15.00 km

Neuville 2

7’49”0

Neuville

SS6

Westouter – Boeschepe 2

19.12 km

Neuville 3

10’27"0

Neuville

SS7

Kemmelberg 2

23.62 km

Neuville 4

11’28"8

Neuville

SS8

Zonnebeke 2

9.45 km

Cancelled

Cancelled

Neuville

Saturday 14.08.2021

SS9

Hollebeke 1

25.86 km

Breen 3

13’30”7

Neuville

SS10

Dikkebus 1

12.49 km

Breen 4

6’23"9

Neuville

SS11

Watou 1

13.62 km

Evans 1

6’42”0

Neuville

SS12

Mesen – Middellhoek 1

7.99 km

Neuville 5

4’23”8

Neuville

SS13

Hollebeke 2

25.86 km

Ogier 1

13”23”7

Neuville

SS14

Dikkebus 2

12.49 km

Neuville 6

6’19”1

Neuville

SS15

Watou 2

13.62 km

Ogier 2

6’37"1

Neuville

SS16

Mesen – Middellhoek 2

7.99 km

Neuville 7

4’21"2

Neuville

Sunday 15.08.2021

SS17

Stavelot 1

9.05 km

Rovanperä 1

5'06”2

Neuville

SS18

Francorchamps 1

11.21 km

Tänak 2

6'56”9

Neuville

SS19

Stavelot 2

9.05 km

 

 

 

SS20

Francorchamps 2

 

(Power Stage)

11.21 km

 

 

 

 

 

Retirements

SS3 : Fourmaux : Off road (crash)

SS3 : Gryazin : Off road (ditch)

SS4 : Greensmith : off road (ditch)

ES9 : Loubet : off road (ditch)

ES10 : Katsuta : Off road (crash)

 

Leadership

SS1 : Tänak ; ES 2 – 3 : Breen ; SS 4-18 : Neuville.

Stages Winners

Neuville : 7 stage wins ; Breen : 4 scr. ; Ogier & Tanäk : 2 scr. ; Evans & Rovanperä : 1 scr. (SS 9 canceled)

 

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