The Belgian duo of team Hyundai, Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe have been untouchable in Renties Ypres rally to record their first win in 2021 WRC season after beating teammate crew of Craig Breen /Paul Nagle by 30 seconds to victory.
Neuville and Martijn also recorded their first win since teaming up at beginning of the season in January 2021.
Neuville managed to win seven out of 20 stages to claim the victory as Ott Tanak won four and Graig Breen snatched two stages giving no chance to their closest Toyota Gazoo Racing opponents of kalle Rovanpera and Elfyn Evans to beat the Hyundais.
Meanwhile, young Oliver Solberg who made his debut in the new Hyundai i20N rally 2 car was forced to retire from the event with electrical issues, once the car failed to start in the morning of the last day (4) to deny him a win of WRC 2 where he was the overnight leader.
Oliver’s teammate Jari Huttunen in the same classification and same car make, narrowly missed out on victory after power steering issues made him struggle through the stop line as Oliver struggled too on Saturday, but eventually Jari went on to win WRC2 class. “Not an easy rally and it didn’t go how we wanted, but I am happy that the car is here. It’s sad for Oliver, but I am happy we are here.” Jari said.
In WRC3, Frenchman Rohan Rossel co-driven by Alexandere Coria came out victorious in the category driving a Citroen C3 R5 to strengthen his 2021 championship title tilt.
“Honestly, I feel like I have just won the world. I want to thank my team and my co-driver Alex, it was an amazing weekend for me and for the championship. It’s a good result.” Rossel said.
The next WRC event will head to Greece on 9-12th September as the battle for 2021 world champions continues.