After having eased off during the previous leg, Neuville and Gilsoul (Hyundai i20) once again attacked, taking three stage wins out of three on the leg extending the lead to almost 40 seconds.
Meanwhile Verschueren-Hostens (Skoda Fabia) continued to do well, particularly on Zillebeke. Cherain-Cuvelier (Skoda Fabia) posted their best performance since the start of the rally, taking third on Zillebeke, just 6.1 seconds off Neuville. They currently lie fourth chasing Princen-Eelbode (Skoda Fabia). For Princen, he is involved in a battle for the Belgian Rally and is concentrating on that.
After losing 6th place in the previous loop, Cronin-Galvin made a mistake on Kemmelberg which cost them about a minute. It was to the benefit of Kobus-De Wild (Skoda Fabia) who moved to seventh in the outright standings.
Fernemont-Maillen (Skoda Fabia) are currently in fifth, 11 seconds ahead of Bedoret-Walbrecq (Skoda Fabia). With four stages to go, this is a fight for fifth and sixth as Kobus is a minute further back.
While Cronin-Galvin retains the leadership of the MSA BRC, he has had to regain pace to distance himself from McCormack-Moynihan (Skoda Fabia). Cronin’s mistake meant that McCormack has been able to close to within 20 seconds of the lead in the British Championship. Edwards-Garrod (Ford Fiesta) completes the top 3 British and the top 10 overall.
Abbring-Tsjoen (Citroen C3) have recorded some impressive times on after they returned on Rally 2, including a second best time on Zillebeke.
The Snijers-Thierie Porsche still leads RGT more than 2 minutes ahead of Tanghe-Squedin. In the Juniors, Williams-Whittock’s Vauxhall Adam still leads the Peugeot 208s of Pyck-Mourisse and Wagemans-Hanssens.
Four timed sectors remain for a total of a good fifty kilometres. Most often, in Ypres, twists and turns animate the end of the course. What will happen this year?