Cédric Cherain triumphs at Rally Van Haspengouw on Hyundai

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An exciting rally in Belgium, with the top three finishers separated by just 5 seconds.

The Belgian RGT 2021 champion, Cédric Cherain, clinched a strong victory in Rally Van Haspengouw, the first event of the Belgian Rally Championship.

The 40-year-old driver from Chaudfontaine, navigated by Damien Withers aboard the Hyundai i20 rally2 of Team BMA, took command of the race after the third special stage and never looked back, resisting the fierce comeback of his rivals. However, an error and a puncture in the final round of tests challenged his leadership.

In second place, just 3 seconds behind the winner, were Maxime Potty and Renaud Herman aboard a Citroën C3 rally2 prepared by PH Sport. The podium was completed by another Citroën C3 rally2, this time prepared by DG Sport and driven by Niels Reynvoet and Kris D’Alline, who finished 5 seconds behind Cherain.

The top-five was rounded out by Gino Bux and Steve Spittales in a Hyundai i20 rally2, trailing by 13.2 seconds, while in fifth position was the Dutchman Jos Verstappen with Renaud Jamoul in a Škoda Fabia RS rally2.

In the historic car category, victory went to the BMW M3E30 of the Frenchman Olivier Breittmayer, while among the young drivers, Jonas Dewide emerged victorious in the Junior category.

The next event in the Belgian Rally Championship will be the Rallye de Wallonie, scheduled in just over two months.