2021 World Rally Championship Ypres Rally Belgium Preview

This week will see the World Rally Championship (WRC) contest the latest event of its 2021 season as it heads to Belgium.

Sebastien Ogier continues to lead the championship for drivers and has a 37 point advantage over nearest rival Elfyn Evans. Ogier’s run of top three finishes came to an end in the last rally in Estonia where he finished fourth and claimed third in the Power Stage. Evans by comparison finished fifth in Estonia and fourth in the Power Stage.

Completing the top three in the championship is Thierry Neuville, who after retiring in Kenya bounced back with a third place finish in Estonia. The Belgian is 15 points behind Evans heading into his home rally and has a 14 point advantage over fourth placed Kalle Rovanpera.

Kalle ROVANPERÄ – Jonne HALTTUNEN” by Nico Quatrevingtsix is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Rovanpera became the youngest rally driver to win a WRC event after claiming victory in Estonia ahead of Craig Breen and Neuville. The Finn also finished fifth in the Power Stage and therefore is eight points ahead of fifth placed Ott Tanak who had a disappointing home rally last time out, but managed to salvage top points in the Power Stage.

In the championship for manufacturers Toyota continues to lead the way, the Japanese team having a 59 point advantage over second placed Hyundai. There is then a 131 point gap between the South Korean manufacturer and third placed M-Sport Ford.

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