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After a three year absence we were back in Namur for the Rallye de Wallonie and there was a host of Rally2 and R5 cars at the top of the running order. Added on top of that were the GT cars with 6 Porsche 997 GT3’s and a pair of Alpine A110’s too. Stéphane Lefebvre & Xavier Portier (C3 Rally2) were the fastest crew through the opening 5 stages to open up a healthy lead. Two more fastest stage times followed on the opening day giving them a 18.3s lead over Adrian Fernémont & Samuel Maillen (Fabia Rally2 Evo), who had won the last two editions of the rally. Gino Bux & Nicolas Gilsoul (Fabia Rally2 Evo) were 25s back in 3rd overall.

The Sunday saw 9 more stages with 6 different crews winning the stages between them. Lefebvre was only quickest on the final stage to secure a 21.4s win over Fernémont. Bux completed the podium 47.1s off the lead, as the time gaps only moved by small margins on day 2. The tighest battle in the top five had been for 4th. Vincent Verschueren & Filip Cuvelier (Polo GTI R5) held 4th by less than 2s from Ghislain de Mevius & Johan Jalet (Fabia Rally2 Evo) overnight and increased that margin by less than a second.

Looking further down the top ten, Kris Princen & Peter Kaspers (DS3 WRC) came home 6th ahead of Cédric Cherain & Damien Withers (997 GT3) who were the first 2WD crew home. Niels Reynvoet & Diederik Pattyn (Fabis Rally2 Evo) were 8th overall with Pieter Cracco & Jasper Vermeulen (i20N Rally2) only 1.5s behind in 9th. Maxime Potty & Renaud Herman (C3 Rally2) completed the top ten. Gilles Pyck & Emile Mourisse (Clio Rally4) were the first Junior crew home in 15th overall. High levels of attrition hit the historic crews and it was a limping Michel Vandergeeten & Isi Lemahieu (Delta Integrale) who took victory in 44th overall.

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