Newsflash: SS19 – Watou 2 | WRC Ardeca Ypres Rally Belgium 2022

Newsflash: SS19 – Watou 2




Newsflash: SS19 – Watou 2

Ott Tänak has stamped his authority on the 2022 Ardeca Ypres Rally Belgium with one stage to go.

The Hyundai driver clocked the fastest time on Watou 2 at 6:18.8, beating Kalle Rovanperä (Toyota) by 0.3 and, importantly, Elfyn Evans by 0.5 seconds.

In the overall standings, with jus the Powerstage to go, Tänak leads Evans by 7.2 seconds.

On SS19, behind the top three, Craig Breen (Ford) took fourth, ahead of Esapekka Lappi (Toyota) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai). Further back, Gus Greensmith (Ford) set a time of 6:27.9 ahead of Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota) with Oliver Solberg (Hyundai) rounding out the Rally1 cars.

The battle for fourth for fourth in the overall standings ended in spectacular fashion as Adrien Fourmaux (Ford) slid wide after a slipping out of a cut and rolling in a ditch, suffering significant front-end damage. The crew was ok but the stage was interrupted.

Oliver Solberg was the first driver after the interruption and now finds himself in an uncontested fourth place.

Further down the field, Takamoto Katsuta experienced a fault with the hybrid system but was able to complete the stage as the Japanese driver moves into fifth overall.

SS19 - Top 5

  1. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai) 6:18.8
  2. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota) 6:19.1 +0.3
  3. Evans/Martin (Toyota) 6:19.3 +0.5
  4. Breen/Nagle (Ford) 6:23.7 +4.9
  5. Lappi/Ferm (Toyota) 6:25.7 +6.3

Overall - Top 5

  1. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai) 2:18:18.2
  2. Evans/Martin (Toyota) 2:18:44.2 +7.2
  3. Lappi/Ferm (Toyota) 2:20:13.1 +1:36.1
  4. Solberg/Edmondson (Hyundai) 2:21:56.7 +3:19.7
  5. Katsuta/Johnston (Toyota) 2:24:40.9 +6:03.9

Stage details

Watou 2

Sunday – Leg 6

Distance: 11.49km

Sunday, 21/08/2022, 11:49. Stage interrupted, restart at 12:35

Conditions: dry, cloudy. 20 degrees.

Stage quotes

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

King of the cone! To be fair to the boys, they did a lot of work in service to try and give us a bit more confidence and they've been working flat-out all weekend. Let's see.

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

The Power Stage has been the target since the first day

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

We are trying to save the tyres a bit. Hopefully it's helping us for the next stage and we can at least get some points from the weekend.

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

It was okay. A lot of pollution in the stage.

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

Quite a boring stage because we have no hybrid again. I don't say anything because I don't want to make any drama but this is frustrating.

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

Off road.

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

It was a bit more stressful almost because I had cold tyres at the start and it was quite tricky! We just need to bring it to the finish now.

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

It’s been very consistent. We have not done any mistakes. We have had smart pace throughout the weekend.

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

This stage was very tricky with a lot of dirt and many surprises. I had a good stage - I pushed, and this is a good margin with one stage to go.

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