Yates to test himself against rallying's best

Chesterfield rally driver Rhys Yates warmed up for this weekend's Renties Ypres Rally in Belgium with an overall victory at Rally Van Wervik '” the first British driver to take the top spot in the event's 42-year history.

Monday, 18th June 2018, 10:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 3:38 pm

He will join World Championship regulars Thierry Neuville and Christian Ole Veiby in Ypres, a Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) qualifier.

Yates will take his Brettex-backed Skoda Fabia R5 to Ypres as he juggles a European and British Championship campaign.

“Ypres is a totally different ball game to Wervik and the competition will be so much tougher,” he said.

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“I have to remain realistic about my chances this time around.

“I am in a good place right now and everything feels great, both in and out of the car, almost to the point where the times we are setting is a very natural process.

“Although there may be a bit more pressure after Wervik, I really do have to go at my own pace .”

Yates and co-driver Elliott Edmondson have enjoyed a successful start to the season, despite Yates having to acclimatise to the new-for-2018 Skoda Fabia R5. Impressive results in the ERC round in the Azores and a runner up-position at the opening round of the BRC on gravel were complemented by a solid result at the Antibes Côte d’Azur Rally.