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GP Week : Issue 122
leader was Jonas Langenakens in an Evo X, with the front- wheel drive Cherain in his Megane N4 only 27 seconds behind. There were different conditions for Day 2. Overnight rain favoured early runners as the gravel these cars threw on the road by corner cutting turned to mud. Snijers was ordered to restart in 43rd position, a severe handicap, although his class leader position was not threatened - he was the only runner in Class 1. This was a mammoth day of rallying with nearly 200km of stages. Neuville fared no better than on Day 1, going off the road and losing 14 minutes in the opening stage; Proton driver Giandomenico Basso retired when he went off, while Wilks took a risk with a more aggressive tyre choice than Loix and won Stage 7, but Loix had the upper hand and pulled 10 more seconds over Wilks on the first loop of the day. Wilks then had two punctures on stage and dropped to 12th. Rossetti had one puncture and dropped to 15th overall, still second in the ERC section, but now two minutes behind Solowow. The Mini was now fifth overall. Pieter Tsjoen’s run ended on the road section when he impacted a post which broke a water hose, elevating Bernd Casier into third, and ERC series leader Luca Betti first had his unsecured bonnet break his windscreen and later retired when he went off the road Five stages before the finish Casier had alternator belt tensioner failure, lost his power steering and gave up, so Dutchman Hans Weiss Junior was now third and the Mini fourth. Jonas Langenakens continued to lead the traditional Group N category (Class 3) while after Abbring lost time off the road, Irish driver Tommy Doyle won Class 5 with his Renault Clio R3. The placings in the top ten still continued to change. Three stages before the end Snijers slid off the road and fell to sixth, climbing to fifth as he passed the 18 year-old Estonian Karl Kruuda. Two stages before the finish Michal Solowow had a sticking throttle, and jury-rigged the throttle with cable ties attached to the accelerator pedal. On the final stage Wilks rose to sixth overall and PG Andersson in the surviving Proton struggled to finish after a steering arm broke. Result: Ypres Rally 1 Loix/Miclotte Skoda Fabia S2000 2h20m03.9s 2 Bouffier/Panseri Peugeot 207 S2000 2h41m45.5s 3 Weiss/Degandt Peugeot 207 S2000 2h44m00.8s 4 Solowow/Baran Ford Fiesta S2000 2h46m10.7s 5 Snijers/Gitsels Mini John Cooper Works S2000 2h46m23.9s 6 Wilks/Pugh Peugeot 207 S2000 2h46m37.7s 7 Kruuda/Jarveola Skoda Fabia S2000 2h46m44.5s 8 Gardemeister/Suominen Skoda Fabia S2000 2h47m01.3s 13 van den Heuvel/Kolman Mitsubishi Lancer R4 2h49m44.4s 14 Langenakens/Beernaert Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 2h50m19.2s 18 Princen/Eelbode Renault Megane N4 2h51m56.1s Top to bottom: Andersson, Snijers, Weijs, Wilks .... 52