After two rings from Rovanpera, Craig Breen managed to answer. The Hyundai driver won Special Stage 8 of the Rally of Estonia, the Kanepi 2 of 16.54 kilometers, which brought him back to the leader of the seventh round of the WRC 2021.
Thanks to the victory in this special stage, Breen was brought back to 6 “7 from Rovanpera. The Toyota driver also made a slight mistake in approaching one of the many jumps of this stage, landing in an unorthodox way.
Fortunately for him, the Yaris did not break down too much and, after a few small checks, he managed to get back on the road, still finishing in second place in the special.
Behind them materialized the overtaking that sees the third place in the general classification in the hands of a new owner. We are talking about Thierry Neuville. The Belgian from Hyundai signed the third special time that led him to overtake Ogier.
The 7-time world champion was 3 “4 slower compared to the Belgian. The margin between the two before PS8 was 2” 9, which is why Neuville is now just half a second ahead of Ogier when there is no test at the end of the day.
Still nothing to do for Elfyn Evans, who has lost a good advantage against Ogier accumulated in the first 3 sectors of the stage. Loubet, at least for the moment, seems to resist the return of Teemu Suninen (M-Sport) thus maintaining seventh place overall.
Rally Estonia – Ranking after PS8
|Pos.||Pilot / navigator||Car||Time / posting|
|1||Rovanpera / Halttunen||Toyota Yaris WRC||57’26”7|
|2||Breen/Nagle||Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC||+6″7|
|3||Neuville / Wydaeghe||Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC||+48″8|
|4||Ogier / Ingrassia||Toyota Yaris WRC||+49″3|
|5||Evans/Martin||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1’05″3|
|6||Loubet / Haut-Labourdette||Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC||+2’33″8|
|7||Suninen / Markkula||Ford Fiesta WRC||+2’55″8|
|8||Mikkelsen / Floene||Skoda Fabia R5 Evo||+3’27″1|
|9||Ostberg / Eriksen||Citroen C3 R5||+3’50″4|
|10||Gryazin / Aleksandrov||Volkswagen Polo GTI R5||+3’57″4|