De Mevius maintains while Vatanen moves into third

De Mévius maintains while Vatanen moves into third

Ghilslain de Mévius has taken four of the five available scratch points from this morning’s stages. This impressive display takes the driver from Belgium’s event total to nine so far. De Mévius has had Dutch driver Mats van den Brand, who took the other available stage win, hot on his heels but managed to extend his lead at the top to 1:29min.

Our other driver from the Netherlands, Kevin van Deijne, had an altercation with a hinkelstein on the infamous Panzerplatte which rendered the car unable to continue. That incident meant Max Vatanen moved into third overall and a very potential podium place.

The afternoon’s pass’ will see the crews tackle another 84km of challenging asphalt surfaces littered with ominous cuts and hinkelstein which are sure to cause more upsets by the end of the day.

Ghilslain de Mévius said: “I’m very happy with the performance and place, I just need to keep Mats behind me now. There is no reason to push too hard so I will just concentrate on my driving and take no risks.”

Mats van den Brand said: “Our first two stage times were good; taking a scratch point was a bonus. Because the gap between Ghislain and ourselves is so large, there is no point to push too hard and make a mistake, so we’ve been taking it easy. It’s important to bring the girl home.”

Max Vatanen said: “It’s been pretty solid and has been going ok. I was leading in the splits on the tenth stage but managed to stall on a hairpin so lost some time there. Our times are getting better as the event goes on so I’ll aim for another good drive this afternoon with no mistakes and concentrate on my job.”


De Mevius maintains while Vatanen moves into third
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