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Sunday, 19-05-2019 BelgiumRally Belgian Rally Championship

Third win of the season for Kris Princen in the Polo GTI R5

Polo pilot dominates Sezoensrally

In the Belgian Rally Championship, the duo of Kris Princen und Bram Eelbode (B/B) from the BMA Autosport team remain on course for success. The reigning Belgian rally champions won the Sezoensrally in the Dutch province of North Limburg to claim their third victory of the season. Right from the start, things ran like clockwork for the Belgian pair: Princen won the first six special stages of his first gravel rally in the Polo GTI R5, opening up a comfortable lead over Cedric Chérain and Xavier Portier (B/B) in another Polo GTI R5. They suffered a puncture later in the rally, which dropped them back down the field, and eventually finished fifth. Princen managed his lead superbly, setting the fastest time on eight of the 15 special stages to end the rally 12.2 seconds clear of second-placed Vincent Verschueren and Gert Broekaert (B/B, Skoda).

“The rout was very tricky and the asphalt was damp under the trees in places,” said a victorious Princen at the finish. “The decision to go for soft slicks was spot on and the car felt perfect. Our third win of the season has given us the lead in the championship – I hope we can defend it at the next round in Ypres,” said the delighted Polo driver. After five of nine rallies, Princen tops the overall standings with 30 points, level on points with Chérain. Next up in the Belgian Rally Championship is the Renties Ypres Rally on 28 and 29 June.