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13 Aug - 15 Aug
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Could Spa’s cameo offer the WRC a new avenue to exploit?

OPINION: The Ypres Rally featured a cameo from the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in its final stage, giving WRC teams the chance to experience its iconic corners in rallying machinery. It proved to be an engaging addition to the rally, and could perhaps serve as an example for other events to visit famous circuits

WRC Belgium: The Good, The Bad and The Bizarre

Belgium became the 36th nation to host a World Rally Championship event as the famous Ypres Rally provided a new unique asphalt challenge in Thierry Neuville’s homeland. Motorsport.com reviews the highlights, lowlights, turning points, close calls and heartbreak that made round eight of the 2021 season

Latvala: Toyota "didn't have the experience" to win in Ypres Rally Belgium
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Latvala: Toyota "didn't have the experience" to win in Ypres

Toyota World Rally Championship boss Jari-Matti Latvala admitted his team didn’t have the experience required to challenge for victory at last weekend's Ypres Rally.

Home hero Neuville delivers overdue WRC success for Hyundai in Belgium

With limited recent fortune and pressure starting to mount, Hyundai needed a big result at the Ypres Rally. All the key components came together in Belgium to see home hero Thierry Neuville lead a manufacturer 1-2 and kickstart its World Rally Championship challenge

Hyundai boss hails team's resolve in pressure lifting WRC win Rally Belgium
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Hyundai boss hails team's resolve in pressure lifting WRC win

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo has praised his World Rally Championship operation’s never give up attitude as Ypres Rally win lifts the increasing pressure on the team.

Neuville reveals support from Jacky Ickx for Ypres WRC win Rally Belgium
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Neuville reveals support from Jacky Ickx for Ypres WRC win

Thierry Neuville has revealed Le Mans 24 Hours legend Jacky Ickx was sending him messages of support on his way to securing a drought-ending World Rally Championship victory in Belgium.

Belgium WRC: Neuville ends Hyundai's win drought in Ypres Rally Belgium
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Belgium WRC: Neuville ends Hyundai's win drought in Ypres

Thierry Neuville boosted his World Rally Championship title hopes by scoring a memorable win on home soil at the Ypres Rally to end his and Hyundai’s victory drought.

Belgium WRC: Neuville closes on win, puncture halts Ogier Rally Belgium
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Belgium WRC: Neuville closes on win, puncture halts Ogier

Thierry Neuville further extended his Rally Ypres lead to edge closer to a home World Rally Championship win, while a puncture dented title rival Sebastien Ogier’s charge for a podium.  

WRC Belgium leader Neuville conscious “nothing is done yet” Rally Belgium
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WRC Belgium leader Neuville conscious “nothing is done yet”

Thierry Neuville is refusing to get ahead of himself despite being in the box seat to end Hyundai’s World Rally Championship drought with victory on home soil at Rally Ypres.

Belgium WRC: Neuville in control while Toyotas fight for third Rally Belgium
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Belgium WRC: Neuville in control while Toyotas fight for third

Hyundai Motorsport will head into the final day of Rally Ypres firmly in command with World Rally Championship local hero Thierry Neuville leading teammate Craig Breen. 

Belgium WRC: Breen closes on Neuville, Tanak hits trouble Rally Belgium
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Belgium WRC: Breen closes on Neuville, Tanak hits trouble

Thierry Neuville has maintained a slender Rally Ypres lead after coming under pressure from Hyundai World Rally Championship teammate Craig Breen in a chaotic Saturday morning loop in Belgium.

Belgium WRC: Katsuta unscathed after huge crash forces red flag Rally Belgium
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Belgium WRC: Katsuta unscathed after huge crash forces red flag

Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta has emerged unscathed from a huge crash that ended his hopes of solid World Rally Championship points at Rally Ypres.

WRC Belgium: Neuville leads opening day, final stage cancelled Rally Belgium
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WRC Belgium: Neuville leads opening day, final stage cancelled

Thierry Neuville ended the opening day of Rally Ypres with a narrow lead over Hyundai team-mate Craig Breen as World Rally Championship organisers cancelled Friday’s final stage.

Ogier: Spa-Francorchamps Ypres Rally finale will be "special" Rally Belgium
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Ogier: Spa-Francorchamps Ypres Rally finale will be "special"

Sebastien Ogier says it will be “special" to drive sections of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit as part of the climax to the first World Rally Championship edition of the Ypres Rally.

Belgium WRC: Neuville edges teammate Breen after first loop Rally Belgium
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Belgium WRC: Neuville edges teammate Breen after first loop

Thierry Neuville edged Hyundai teammate Craig Breen to lead Rally Ypres by a slender margin after an eventful opening loop of stages in the Belgian event's World Rally Championship debut.

Belgium WRC: Fourmaux retires after high-speed crash

Adrien Fourmaux has been forced to retire from the Ypres Rally after suffering a wild spin on the third stage of the World Rally Championship’s visit to Belgium.

Hyundai has left 'no stone unturned' in Belgium WRC prep Rally Belgium
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Hyundai has left 'no stone unturned' in Belgium WRC prep

Hyundai Motorsport boss Andrea Adamo says his team has “left no stone unturned” in its Ypres Rally preparation as it bids to end its its World Rally Championship victory drought this weekend.

Toyota WRC pair expecting high puncture risk in Belgium Rally Belgium
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Toyota WRC pair expecting high puncture risk in Belgium

Toyota duo Elfyn Evans and Sebastien Ogier believe Belgium’s peculiar tarmac roads will present a high risk of punctures as several World Rally Championship crews venture into the unknown at the Ypres Rally.

Greensmith working with Rally Ypres expert ahead of WRC round

Gus Greensmith has teamed up with Rally Ypres master Patrick Snijers to help him conquer Belgium’s challenging asphalt event as it makes its World Rally Championship debut this weekend.

Local knowledge should give Neuville “upper hand” on Rally Ypres Rally Belgium
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Local knowledge should give Neuville “upper hand” on Rally Ypres

Thierry Neuville says if he can make the most of his local knowledge he should have the upper hand over his World Rally Championship rivals on Rally Ypres this weekend.

WRC stars join forces to help flood victims

M-Sport World Rally Championship driver Adrien Fourmaux has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help victims of the devastating floods that have hit Belgium ahead of next week’s Rally Ypres.

Katsuta gets new WRC co-driver as injured Barritt continues recovery

Takamoto Katsuta will be paired with a new co-driver for the World Rally Championship’s visit to Belgium this month as regular Daniel Barritt has been ruled out of the event through injury.

Breen to join Hyundai WRC line-up for Rally Ypres

Hyundai Motorsport has confirmed Craig Breen will join its World Rally Championship line-up for Belgium’s Ypres Rally next month.