SS5: Fifth stage victory for Loix in Ypres
Wilks now at 28.9s
Freddy Loix continues to lead the GEKO Ypres Rally in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000 following his fifth stage victory.
The 40-year-old Belgian ace headed Peugeot UK driver Guy Wilks by 5.6s through the fifth stage of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge event. As a result his overall margin is 28.9s over the Briton with one stage of Friday’s opening day remaining.
Bryan Bouffier was third quickest in his Peugeot France 207 and is now just 4.0s behind Pieter Tsjoen in the battle for third position.
Luca Rossetti reported the engine power problem that slowed his Abarth Grande Punto on stage four has been cured. He was fifth fastest to move back into the top 10. Hans Weijs continues to impress in fifth overall.
Darkness is now falling over the Ypres Rally route.
Overall positions after SS5
|1||Loix Freddy / Miclotte Fréderic||Škoda Fabia S2000||41m25.8s|
|2||Wilks Guy / Pugh Phil||Peugeot 207 S2000||+28.9s|
|3||Tsjoen Pieter / Vanneste Lara||Peugeot 207 S2000||+47.8s|
|4||Bouffier Bryan / Panseri Xavier||Peugeot 207 S2000||+51.8s|
|5||Weijs Hans / Degandt Bjorn||Škoda Fabia S2000||+1m06.6s|
|6||Casier Bernd / Caesemaeker Francis||Škoda Fabia S2000||+1m15.5s|
|7||Gardemeister Toni / Suominen Tapio||Škoda Fabia S2000||+1m26.8s|
|8||Snijers Patrick / Gitsels Johan||Mini John Cooper Works S2000||+1m30.5s|
|9||Sołowow Michal / Baran Maciej||Ford Fiesta S2000||+1m36.8s|
|10||Kruuda Karl / Järveoja Martin||Škoda Fabia S2000||+1m39.3s|
|11||Rossetti Luca / Chiarcossi Matteo||Fiat Grande Punto S2000||+1m45.0s|
|12||Basso Giandomenico / Dotta Mitia||Proton Satria Neo S2000||+1m51.0s|
|13||Betti Luca / Barone Maurizio||Peugeot 207 S2000||+1m55.2s|
|14||Ten Brinke Bernhard / Thierie Davy||Škoda Fabia S2000||+2m05.1s|
|15||Abbring Kevin / Mombaerts Erwin||Citroën DS3 R3T||+2m13.7s|