Contested in ideal conditions and in front of a large crowd who came to feast under the summer sun, the Sezoens Rally saw the victory in the absolute classification of the only WRC at the start, the Citroën DS3 PH Sport of Kris Princen.
A little behind during the first loop, the Trudonnais then lined up eight fastest times to win in the end with a 7.7 lead over the Hyundai i20 Rally2 of Grégoire Munster.
“I didn’t really expect this success,” smiled at the finish a moved Kris Princen after his fourth victory on his land in Limburg. “I would have already signed for a podium. This is our third rally with this car that we know better and better and that we will find at the Condroz.”
The WRCs not scoring points and being totally transparent to the Belgian rally championship reserved for priority for Rall2, the first runner-up was synonymous with a full score for Grégoire Munster remaining a theoretical candidate for the 2022 title. If the Hyundai driver finds the means to line up for the last five Belgian rounds.
“Mission accomplished even if it’s not an overall victory, but we won in our category,” welcomed the BMA driver. “We will now have to choose in Ypres whether we drive in WRC2 or in BRC.”
Third, Vincent Verschueren set three fastest times, including the first and the last to overcome Gino Bux.
“I gave everything at the end, I’m very happy with this result,” smiled the driver of the VW Polo who had won the TAC. This is still big points good for the championship… “Oh the championship, we already know who will win…”
Absent for the second time this season, Frenchman Stéphane Lefèbvre remains the comfortable leader ahead of Gino Bux who grabs another podium in Rally2 but was not very satisfied with his performance after leading the race at the end of the first loop: “I made too many small mistakes, still here at the start of the last one I stalled twice. Although I’m still learning, this shouldn’t happen.”
Pieter-Jan Michiel Cracco completes the Top 5 in his Hyundai ahead of the Citroën C3 of Maxime Potty and the Porsche 997 of Gunther Monnens who easily took the best of this event over the other Porsche of Cédric Cherain.
See you in three months in Ypres for the sixth round of the Belgian championship which will also count for the world championship.