follow the first stage of the Ypres Rally in live text

The wait was long, but for the first time in four months, the World Rally Championship (WRC) is back on asphalt. The Rally of Ypres (Belgium) offers 20 stages in the Belgian plains from Friday August 19 at 10:16 am.

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The serious stuff will start as usual on Friday, with four morning stages taking the riders south, still around Ypres. If the same four stages are offered during the afternoon, in Vleteren (11.9 km), Westouter (19.6 km), Mesen-Middelhoek (7.9 km) and Langermark (8.9 km) , it will already be almost half of the total distance that will have been disputed.

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This Friday morning, Kalle Rovanperä suffered an impressive road accident on the second special of the event! The Finn, then race leader, rolled several times. The crew is unscathed but cannot leave before Saturday morning due to damage to their car.

This accident benefited his teammate Elfyn Evans (Toyota). The outgoing double world vice-champion took the lead before the lunch break thanks to a better behavior of his hybrid Yaris against the Hyundai i20 N of Ott Tänak. The Estonian provided a short interlude but constantly complained about the lack of confidence his car gave him on the asphalt stages.

On home soil, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) completes the provisional podium almost 10” behind. Fourth position was occupied by Adrien Fourmaux (M-Sport Ford) until the fourth special. The French lost more than a minute there, but the Northerner made no mistake. Indeed, a sudden downpour fell just as Fourmaux, who is starting last in Rally1 on Friday, was to start. With hard stick tyres, the Ford Puma was regularly in a situation of aquaplaning.

Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota) is offside for a convincing result, due to mechanical damage. The Japanese drives in electric mode.

In WRC2, the announced match between Andreas Mikkelsen (Skoda) and Frenchman Yohan Rossel (Citroën) keeps its promises. The Habs lead the dance but the gap is small.

Overall ranking after SS4:

Program for Friday August 19

10:16 am: ES1 – Vleteren 1 (11.9 km)
11:08 a.m.: ES2 – Westouter 1 (19.6 km)
12:03 p.m.: ES3 – Mesen-Middelhoek 1 (7.9 km)
12:53 p.m.: SS4 – Langermark 1 (8.9km)
3:16 p.m.: ES5 – Vleteren 2 (11.9 km)
4:08 p.m.: ES6 – Westouter 2 (19.6 km)
5:03 p.m.: ES7 – Mesen-Middelhoek 2 (7.9 km)
5:53 p.m.: ES8 – Langermark 2 (8.9 km)

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