Neuville leads Hyundai charge in Ypres
By Adam Hall
13 August 2021
Hyundai lock out the top three positions after Ypres Rally's first loop. Craig Breen won two stages but lost his lead to Thierry Neuville on the loop's final test. "I haven't forgot how to drive on this black stuff," said Breen after his first fastest-time. "I have a car that is working for me, it's class. I love it!"
Evans fights for Toyota
Elfyn Evans leads Toyota's charge just ahead of Kalle Rovanpera. Hot off his maiden win in Estonia, Rovanpera has put his nightmare Croatia crash behind him. The Finn has pipped team-mate Sebastien Ogier on every stage so far.
Overall after SS4
1. Neuville / Wydaeghe 2. Breen / Nagle 3. Tanak / Jarveoja 4. Evans / Martin 5. Rovanpera / Halttunen
34m42.2s +0.4s +16.4 +17.2 +22.5
Adrien Fourmaux became the first victim of Ypres' notorious ditches on Stage 3. M-Sport's future star slid wide on a fast left-hander before spinning across the road to a standstill, just before the stage end. Both Tanak and Loubet slide wide into a grassy field entrance a stage earlier but they lived to tell the tale. Gus Greensmith became the second Fiesta WRC stuck in a ditch early in SS4.
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