A look at the first loop from Saturday’s running in Ypres


In front, Craig Breen (VW Polo) continues his course by apparently mastering the roads well. He took two stage wins, further increasing his lead by 10 seconds over Kevin Abbring (VW Polo). Abbring also increased his gap to the third placed Kris Princen (VW Polo) by 15 seconds. In a solid fourth is Sébastien Bedoret (Skoda Fabia) and now has more than a minute over Freddy Loix’s Skoda. The different events from this morning has allowed Davy Vanneste (VW Polo) to secure in seventh place, while Pieter-Jan Michiel Cracco (Skoda Fabia) joins the top 10 (ninth and 19 seconds in front of Cave).

Fighting for the English championship, Martin McCormack crashed his Skoda Fabia (SS10 Dikkebus). It was also a better morning for Matt Edwards (Ford Fiesta) as Tom Cave (Hyundai i20), broke a wheel rom on SS11 (Westouter-Boeschepe). It was the longest stage of the rally and he lost which made him lose about 50 seconds to Edwards before giving up another 15 seconds on the 14 km of Zillebeke (SS12). As a result, he lost three places and was 10th. Edwards is alone in the lead with nearly a minute gap, Edwards, 6th overall, could achieve a great deal in his national championship if he manages to hang onto this result.


Classification after SS12

  1. Breen-Nagle (VW Polo GTI R5-2), 1:14’46″70 ; 2. Abbring-Hosten (VW Polo GTI R5-7), + 35’60″ ; 3. Princen-Eelbode (VW Polo GTI R5-1), +43″80 ; 4. Bedoret-Walbrecq (Skoda Fabia R5-6), +1’14”70 ; 5. Loix-Tsjoen (Skoda Fabia R5-10), + 1’38″40 ; 6. Edwards-Walsh (Ford Fiesta R5-3), +1’57”90 ; 7. Vanneste-D’Alleine (VW Polo R5-12), + 2’15″30 ; 8. Verschueren-Prévot (Skoda Fabia R5-46), +2’30″40 ; 9. Cracco-Vermeulen (Skoda Fabia R5-14), + 2’38″50 ; 10. Cave-Bowen (Hyundai i20 R5-5), 1st BritishRC, + 2’49″80 ; … 13. Van Parijs-Heyndrickx (Porsche 997 GT-30), 1st NGT, + 5’44″00 ; …

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