Newsflash: SS17 – Watou 1 | WRC Ardeca Ypres Rally Belgium 2022

Newsflash: SS17 – Watou 1





Newsflash: SS17 – Watou 1

The Sunday action at Ardeca Ypres Rally got underway with the 12.36km Watou test, with the crews being greeted by dry and sunny weather.

The battle at the front is intensifying as Elfyn Evans (Toyota) looks to chase down Ott Tänak (Hyundai). Evans won the stage with a time of 6:18.7, taking 1.1 seconds over his rival.

After yesterday’s disappointment, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) was back in action and took third on stage, just 0.1 from this Hyundai teammate.

In the other major top-10 battle, Adrien Fourmaux (Ford) took four seconds Oliver Solberg (Hyundai), bringing the gap down to 10.3 seconds. Fourmaux was fourth on stage, just 2.2 seconds from the stage victory.

Kalle Rovanperä was fifth, with Craig Breen (Ford), Katsuta Takamoto (Toyota), Oliver Solberg, Esapekka Lappi (Toyota) and Gus Greensmith (Ford) rounding out the Rally1 cars.

All the Rally1 drivers started today’s first stage as the teams look to the Powerstage points. Interestingly Neuville, Evans and Breen set exactly the same first split time of 2:05.2, after the first 4.35km

SS17 - Top 5

  1. Evans/Martin (Toyota) 6:18.7
  2. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai) 6:19.8 +1.1
  3. Neuville/Wydaeghe (Hyundai) 6:19.9 +1.2
  4. Fourmaux/Coria (Ford) 6:20.9 +2.2
  5. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota) 6:23.7 +5.0

Overall - Top 5

  1. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai) 2:05:15.0
  2. Evans/Martin (Toyota) 2:05:22.1 +7.1
  1. Lappi/Ferm (Toyota) 2:06:32.3 +1:17.3
  2. Solberg/Edmondson (Hyundai) 2:08:11.7 +2:56.7
  3. Fourmaux/Coria (Ford) 2:08:22.0 +3:07.0

Stage details

Watou 1

Sunday – Leg 5

Distance: 12.36km

Sunday, 21/08/2022, 08:43

Conditions: dry, cloudy. 15 degrees.

Stage quotes

Car #42 C.Breen – P.Nagle (Ford Puma Rally1)

I'm just trying to get back into some sort of rhythm yesterday, so it’s all fine.

Car #69 K.Rovanperä – J.Halttunen (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1)

The stage was okay. Just a careful run through to see how everything is - nothing special.

Car #11 T.Neuville – M.Wydaeghe (Hyundai i20 N Rally1)

It was a huge disappointment yesterday, so today I am just driving through and trying a few settings on the car.

Car #44 G.Greensmith – J.Andersson (Ford Puma Rally1)

It was okay. A little bit careful in my braking points, but other than it's all good

Car #18 T.Katsuta – A.Johnston (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1)

I wanted to see - that's it.

Car #16 A.Fourmaux – A.Coria (Ford Puma Rally1)

I had a really clean stage. It was really nice to drive the car and even better than yesterday. I didn't feel very well before the start but it didn't distract the drive at all

Car #2 O.Solberg – E.Edmondson (Hyundai i20 N Rally1)

Adrien is pushing so it will be difficult definitely, but I will do my best. It was just a clean and simple stage with nothing special - we are just driving..

Car #4 E.Lappi – J.Ferm (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) 

For sure, I am not closing any gaps and I hope the car behind us will not close our gap.

Car #33 E.Evans – S.Martin (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1)

Feeling pretty good - it was quite slippery at the start, but otherwise everything was working pretty okay.

Car #8 O.Tänak – M.Järveoja (Hyundai i20 N Rally1)

That’s the action plan - to protect the lead. At the moment we can lose two seconds per stage, so one second is okay.


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