SS11: Ypres despair for Tsjoen
A damaged radiator
There was drama for Pieter Tsjoen on the 11th stage of the GEKO Ypres Rally when he completed the 8.47-kilometre Lille-Eurometropole stage, which ran across the border into France, with fluid leaking from the front of his damaged Peugeot 207 Super 2000.
Belgian champion Tsjoen, who had been in third overall, said the incident had occurred on the road section heading to the stage when he accidentally struck a small post. He spent a number of minutes at the end of the run frantically trying to make repairs to the leaking radiator.
Peugeot France driver Bryan Bouffier was quickest through the stage in his 207 S2000, 1.1s faster than the time managed by event leader Freddy Loix in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia.
“I’m feeling well,” said Loix. “Sure the second run through the stages will be hell now the historics also did these stages. The lead in front is not bad – maybe I can slowly control the rally now.”
With no spare tyres at his disposal following his double puncture on stage 10, Guy Wilks said he was not able to attack in his Peugeot UK 207. “We can’t do anything now. It’s very difficult, not just the gap but with no spare tyres I have to be careful.”
In the battle for fourth place Hans Weijs has moved back ahead of Bernd Casier albeit by one-tenth of a second.
Overall positions after SS11
|1||Loix Freddy / Miclotte Fréderic||Škoda Fabia S2000||1h36m52.4s|
|2||Bouffier Bryan / Panseri Xavier||Peugeot 207 S2000||+1m42.8s|
|3||Tsjoen Pieter / Vanneste Lara||Peugeot 207 S2000||+2m11.3s|
|4||Weijs Hans / Degandt Bjorn||Škoda Fabia S2000||+2m56.6s|
|5||Casier Bernd / Caesemaeker Francis||Škoda Fabia S2000||+2m56.7s|
|6||Snijers Patrick / Gitsels Johan||Mini John Cooper Works S2000||+3m29.5s|
|7||Sołowow Michal / Baran Maciej||Ford Fiesta S2000||+4m13.5s|
|8||Kruuda Karl / Järveoja Martin||Škoda Fabia S2000||+4m50.5s|
|9||Ten Brinke Bernhard / Thierie Davy||Škoda Fabia S2000||+5m36.3s|
|10||Van Eldik Mark / Buysmans Robin||Škoda Fabia S2000||+5m40.2s|
|11||Wilks Guy / Pugh Phil||Peugeot 207 S2000||+6m06.5s|
|12||Barrable Robert / Connolly Damien||Škoda Fabia S2000||+6m15.7s|
|13||Andersson Per Gunnar / Axelsson Emil||Proton Satria Neo S2000||+6m31.1s|
|14||Rossetti Luca / Chiarcossi Matteo||Fiat Grande Punto S2000||+6m32.0s|
|15||Gardemeister Toni / Suominen Tapio||Škoda Fabia S2000||+6m32.0s|