Not even Kalle Rovanperä is perfect. The young leader of the world rally championship, who will most likely be champion in 2022, had his first match point at the Ypres Rally to finish off the championship, but he lost it very soon, already on Friday, committing his first big mistake of the year.
Without Rovanperä on the track, it seemed that Thierry Neuville, the local driver, was going to be a prophet in his land. He had the rally very well on track, but he made a mistake in the last stages of Saturday leaving victory on a plate for Ott Tänakthe second in the world, which links victories to put some spice to the general.
Ford debacle, with no car in the points zone
Neuville took the lead already at the end of Friday, and it seemed that he would have a fairly clear path to take the victory. But late on Saturday he made the big mistake, he got into a ditch and had an accident that has left him out of the rally. A setback for Neuville, who wanted to win at home.
In general, the Ypres Rally has been quite bumpy. Everything that could be expected in Belgium already changed early on Friday, when Rovanperä overturned his Toyota and lost any chance of winning the world championship. His lead is diminishing, but he should still do it in Greece or New Zealand.
They have also had quite a bumpy rally at Fordwho promised them very happy in the face of so much other people’s problems but in a matter of a few sections they saw how Craig Breen and Gus Greensmith suffered accidents that left them out of the fight for points, especially the Irishman.
Adrien Fourmaux was left as Ford’s last hope to do something outstanding, but also crashed in the penultimate stage on Sunday. Thus, Ford has not put any of its cars in the top ten. A disastrous result for a brand that started the year winning and has been deflating.
Sin Rovanperä en pista, Elfyn Evans has tried to keep the excitement of the rally until the last section. The Briton came to lead on Friday, but in the end he was only able to chase Tänak in vain to finish in second position, which is still his best result of the year, although it has already been repeated four times.
At least to the consolation of Toyota, they have been able to put two cars on the podium, since it is the Finn Esapekka Lappi who has stayed with the third position from the podium. A chaotic rally that has allowed even Skoda and Citroën to score quite a few points before the debacle of the favorites’ Rally1.
Results Ypres Rally 2022
|1||#8||O. THANK YOU||M. JÄRVEOJA||i20 N Rally1 HYBRID||M||2:25:38.9|
|2||#33||E. EVANS||S. MARTIN||GR Yaris Rally1 HYBRID||M||2:25:43.9||+5.0|
|3||#4||E. LAPPI||J. FERM||GR Yaris Rally1 HYBRID||M||2:27:20.5||+1:41.6|
|4||#2||O. SOLBERG||E. EDMONDSON||i20 N Rally1 HYBRID||M||2:29:07.4||+3:28.5|
|5||#18||T. KATSUTA||A. JOHNSTON||GR Yaris Rally1 HYBRID||MT||2:31:45.0||+6:06.1|
|6||#24||S. LEFEBVRE||A. MALFOY||C3||WRC2DC||2:35:24.6||+9:45.7|
|7||#20||A. MIKKELSEN||T. ERIKSEN||Fabia Evo||WRC2TDC||2:35:42.7||+10:03.8|
|8||#21||Y. ROSSEL||V. SARREAUD||C3||WRC2DC||2:36:33.7||+10:54.8|
|9||#31||C. INGRAM||C. DREW||Fabia Evo||WRC2DJC||2:36:59.7||+11:20.8|
|10||#22||N. GRYAZIN||K. ALEKSANDROV||Fabia Evo||None||2:37:05.7||+11:26.8|
|11||#25||G. MUNSTER||L.LOUKA||i20 N||WRC2DJCJ||2:37:07.8||+11:28.9|
|12||#26||V. SHUT UP||F. CUVELIER||Polo GTI||WRC2DC||2:38:19.0||+12:40.1|
|13||#44||G. GREENSMITH||J. ANDERSSON||Puma Rally1 HYBRID||M||2:44:19.3||+18:40.4|
|14||#11||T.NEUVILLE||M. WYDAEGHE||i20 N Rally1 HYBRID||M||2:45:29.4||+19:50.5|
|15||#69||K. ROVANPERÄ||J. HALTTUNEN||GR Yaris Rally1 HYBRID||M||3:36:08.4||+1:10:29.5|
|16||#42||C. BREEN||P. NAGLE||Puma Rally1 HYBRID||M||3:36:38.3||+1:10:59.4|
WRC Overall Classification
- Kalle ROVANPERÄ (Toyota-FIN), 203 points
- There TÄNAK (Hyundai-EST), 131 puntos
- Elfyn EVANS (Toyota-GBR), 116 points
- Thierry NEUVILLE (Hyundai-BEL), 106 points
- Takamoto KATSUTA (Toyota-JAP), 92 puntos
Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.
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