Ypres Rally - 3rd Day: Tanak wins for a second time in a row, Fourmaux out [+video]

At the end of the final day, Ott Tanak is the winner of Ypres Rally Belgium with Elfyn Evans and Esapekka Lappi following him.

Ott Tanak takes his second win of the season with Hyundai Motorsport in Ypres and was managing his lead today as he did not want to take any unnecessary risk. But he set the fastest time in Stage 19 while he scored two extra points in PS.

Elfyn Evans remains second overall despite the fact that he tried to catch up Tanak for the first place of the podium. He was the fastest driver in Stage 17 and 18 while he took four extra points from PS.

Esapekka Lappi completes the podium and did not push in all stages today as his gap from his teammate was over a minute.

Oliver Solberg is fourth overall and his place was under threat by Adrien Fourmaux who was pushing in the first two Sunday stages to move ahead of the Hyundai driver. The fourth place in Belgium is the best result for Solberg so far in his WRC career.

Takamoto Katsuta completes the top five and gained one place after Fourmaux's accident. However, he said at the end of Stage 19 that again he did not have hybrid power.

Kalle Rovanpera, Gus Greensmith, Thierry Neuville and Craig Breen are outside the top ten. The last two drivers rstarted today under the regulations of Rally2 after their crashes on Saturday.

Rovanpera took only four soft tyres with him today and was the fastest driver in Powerstage which means that he scored the five bonus points.

Neuville reported at the end of SS20 that he had a transmission issue with his i20N and was not able to push in Powerstage. However, he was the third fastest driver in PS, so he took three extra points from it.

Breen dropped six seconds in Stage 17 as he had an overshoot into a field on a tight right junction. In addition to that, he said at the end of SS20 that he carries a technical issue with his Puma since SS19.

Adrien Fourmaux was fifth overall at the end of Stage 18 and was chasing Solberg for the fourth place of the rally as their gap was at 10,1 seconds. However, he was forced to retire on the penultimate stage of the day as he went off the road 1.9 Km into SS19 when he ran off into a ditch and his Puma looked like it had got some heavy damage to the front end while a wheel came out.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after the end of Ypres Rally:

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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