Stageflash: SS20 - Wolf Power Stage Kemmelberg | WRC Ardeca Ypres Rally Belgium 2022

 

 

 

 

 

The drivers attacked the Powerstage, held on the legendary roads of the Kemmelberg. The final 13.31km offered a chance for the bonus points in the 2022 Ardeca Ypres Rally Belgium.

After the interruption on SS19, the first five cars were Rally1 before the top three Rally2, then the front running Rally1 cars.

It would not distract Toyota’s Kalle Rovanperä who took the maximum Powerstage points. After crashing on day 1, he spent the last two days getting to this point and won the stage with a time of 6:58.6.

Elfyn Evans tried his best to grab the rally lead and took second on the Powerstage, just 1.1 seconds off his Toyota teammate.

Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) took third on stage, 2.9seconds off, ensuring he could take some points from the event.

Ott Tänak’s (Hyundai) fourth on stage was enough to hold onto the rally win, just 3.3 seconds off the stage win and 2.2 off Evans.

Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota) took the final powestage point ahead of Esapekka Lappi (Toyota), who also ended the rally on the podium.

Craig Breen (Ford), Oliver Solberg (Hyundai) and Gus Greensmith (Ford) rounded out the Rally1 crews.

Andreas Mikkelsen (Skoda Fabia Rally2 evo) beat Yohan Rossel (Citroën C3 Rally2) in Rally2 but couldn’t beat Stéphane Lefebvre (Citroën C3 Rally2) in the overall standings.

SS20 - Top 5

  1. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota) 6:58.6
  2. Evans/Martin (Toyota) 6:59.7 +1.1
  3. Neuville/Wydaeghe (Hyundai) 7:01.5 +2.9
  4. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai) 7:01.9 +3.3
  5. Katsuta/Johnston (Toyota) 7:04.1 +5.5

Overall - Top 5

  1. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai) 2:25:38.9
  2. Evans/Martin (Toyota) 2:25:43.9 +5.0
  3. Lappi/Ferm (Toyota) 2:27:20.5 +1:41.6
  4. Solberg/Edmondson (Hyundai) 2:29:07.4 +3:28.5
  5. Katsuta/Johnston (Toyota) 2:31:45.0 +6:06.1

Stage details

Kemmelberg 2

Sunday – Leg 6

Distance: 13.31km

Sunday, 21/08/2022, 13:18

Conditions: dry, cloudy. 23 degrees.

Stage quotes

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

We've got a small technical issue that we've carried since the last one. A bit of a disaster really and nobody is happy. For everybody inside the team and the fans it's not so much fun at the moment, but we're all trying our best.

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

It felt pretty fast anyway. It was not easy to step up the pace after what happening, but at least we tried.

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

Unfortunately I had some transmission issue - the gears were jumping from second to fourth and I had to downshift many times. It was good to see the speed was there and the car was somehow working quite okay. Not where we want to be, but it's going in the right direction and that's positive. Unfortunately we couldn't get the result we wanted but we had some fun for the spectators.

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

I think for everyone we just need to get on the flight, go home and have a few days to ourselves and then we can get together next week and go again. We just need to keep going until it comes right, and it does come right - that's the thing. It does come right.

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

I must be happy because we survived this weekend and it was a tough weekend for us. Big thanks to the team - of course some things were happening but everything was working well

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

It was a tough weekend definitely and it was not easy on such difficult roads. I didn't have a good tarmac rally last time in Croatia and after Finland it's been a very tough couple of weeks. It's nice to finally have something.

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

We are trying our best to deliver results and I believe we have been a bit unlucky a few times this year. Now things are coming together. We were not the fastest in this rally but we didn't make any mistakes, and that paid off big time.

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

You're never really pleased with second. I think overall it was a solid weekend. That puncture on Friday probably cost a few seconds but overall it was a strong weekend and the car has been good.

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

To win here is a big surprise for us - more or less the same like it was in Finland. We didn't expect it from anywhere basically, but somehow we were able to pull it together during the rally. It's great to see some results are coming but there is so much we can improve and we could still be a lot stronger, so there is still some work to do.

Car #24 S.Lefebvre – A.Malfoy (Citroën C3 Rally2)

It was a long time since our last win in WRC2. I am so proud of what we achieved this weekend and I want to thank the whole team. It was tricky to come back to WRC2 and this victory is for them.

Car #20 A.Mikkelsen – T.Eriksen (Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo)

With our zero scores from earlier in the year, we knew we needed to score maximum points here and in Greece. But still, second place is still not so bad and it's still possible. Stéphane's pace was very difficult to match and he did a great rally.

Car #21 Y.Rossel – V.Sarreaud (Citroën C3 Rally2)

The feeling is not bad. I searched for good settings all the time and it was not easy because the roads here are completely different. For the championship this result is not bad and that's the most important thing.

 

 

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