Newsflash: SS18 – Kemmelberg 1
The first loop of the Sunday action at Ardeca Ypres Rally concluded with the Kemmelberg 1 test, as the crews prepared themselves for the Powerstage, due to be held later today.
Elfyn Evans (Toyota) topped the stage times as he looks to chase down Ott Tänak’s (Hyundai) lead. The Toyota driver’s time of 7:02.8 was 0.4 better than Tänak with the lead coming down to just 6.7 seconds.
Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) was third, 0.7 off Evans’ time. Next came Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) and Craig Breen (Ford).
In the other battle inside the top five, Adrien Fourmaux (Ford) was faster than Oliver Solberg (Hyundai). The Ford driver set a time of 7:09.5 which was just 0.2 better than Solberg. The gap between them in the overall standings is now 10.1 seconds.
Rounding out the Rally1 cars was Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota), Gus Greensmith (Ford), and Esapekka Lappi (Toyota).
In WRC2, Stéphane Lefebvre (Citroën C3 Rally2) was the fastest with a time of 7:31.9, 1.1 seconds faster than Andreas Mikkelsen (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) and the pair lead the standings, with Lefebvre having a 20.2 second gap over Mikkelsen.
SS18 - Top 5
- Evans/Martin (Toyota) 7:02.8
- Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai) 7:03.2 +0.4
- Neuville/Wydaeghe (Hyundai) 7:03.5 +0.7
- Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota) 7:06.4 +3.6
- Breen/Nagle (Ford) 7:08.8 +5.4
Overall - Top 5
- Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai) 2:12:18.2
- Evans/Martin (Toyota) 2:12:24.9 +6.7
- Lappi/Ferm (Toyota) 2:13:48.0 +1:29.8
- Solberg/Edmondson (Hyundai) 2:15:21.4 +3:03.2
- Fourmaux/Coria (Ford) 2:15:31.5 +3:13.3
Sunday – Leg 5
Sunday, 21/08/2022, 09:38
Conditions: dry, cloudy. 16 degrees.
Car #42 C.Breen – P.Nagle (Ford Puma Rally1)
It's disappointing but obviously we have a little bit of speed in the car, which is nice. We're first on the road which is an advantage but we're just trying to enjoy the day
Car #69 K.Rovanperä – J.Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1)
It doesn't really matter in the morning - let's see what we can do in the afternoon. It's quite a tricky stage and the conditions are not going to be easy on the second pass with all the gravel, but let's see how it goes.
Car #11 T.Neuville – M.Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1)
There were a few corners we could do better, but it's only the first pass through and there are quite a lot of grip changes. I enjoyed it - after yesterday, it's good to have a bit of a smile when you are driving.
Car #44 G.Greensmith – J.Andersson (Ford Puma Rally1)
The pace notes - they are so slow compared to the rest of the weekend. I don't why.
Car #18 T.Katsuta – A.Johnston (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1)
I was not so confident in myself. If I am confident then it's quite okay, so I am going to work on myself
Car #16 A.Fourmaux – A.Coria (Ford Puma Rally1)
I am happy with my run. It was quite slippery with some dirt coming onto the road, so I didn't take any risks. It's a nice fight for sure but we still have two stages to do.
Car #2 O.Solberg – E.Edmondson (Hyundai i20 N Rally1)
It was a terrible stage. Very tricky and easy to do a mistake, so I took it very easy and if I lose a few seconds on the next two it's not a problem. The time is okay but I am just playing it safe.
Car #4 E.Lappi – J.Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1)
I don't see any reason why I should drive faster, so this is good. It was not too bad, but a couple of spots are really slippery even though they are dry. I can't imagine what it would be like if it was wet!
Car #33 E.Evans – S.Martin (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1)
I was a bit conservative in a few tricky places. Let's see, it was a clean run but I don't know if it will be quite enough.
Car #8 O.Tänak – M.Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1)
Some brakings were a bit slippery and I was cautious in some places. The first loop is more important, but now we know the places (to watch out for) and it should be more consistent.