Neuville remains in command after a rough morning in Ypres

Hyundai has lost the treble by puncturing Tanak, but keeps the Belgian and Breen in the lead. Katsuta suffered a severe blow that forced him to stop the test.


Accident tomorrow at the Ypres Rally. The complicated Belgian roads, which host the World Championship for the first time, have claimed several victims, although what remains unchanged is the leadership of local idol, Thierry Neuville, who remains in the lead ahead of Craig Breen's other Hyundai. The triplet of the Koreans has collapsed when puncturing Ott Tanak.

The former Estonian champion lost more than three minutes having to change to the wheel in the first stage. A special in which the first abandonment by accident of Pierre-Louis Loubet among the WRCs arrived, and that was later neutralized when the Belgian Pieter Tsjoen crashed into a house, which left it devastated. But the strongest blow was that of the Japanese Takamoto Katsutaen in the second stage, which forced the test to stop by leaving a pole crossed in the road. Fortunately, no accident caused injuries.

Despite the fact that Breen has attacked him and has closed distances, Neuville is confident that he is clear that there are team orders. After 12 special stages, Toyota finally managed to win a stage, the third of the day, in which Elfyn Evans won, who has risen to third place ahead of his two teammates, Kalle Rovanpera and Sebastien Ogier.


1. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), 1h 35m 31.8s

2. Breen-Nagle (Irl / Hyundai), at 6.8

. Evans-Martin (Gbr / Toyota), at 39.2

4. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin / Toyota), at 41.3

5. Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), at 51.6

6. Tanak-Jarveoja (Est / Hyundai), at 3: 44.1

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