ERC: Loix lands Skoda for Belgium

Veteran Freddy Loix will be back on his home event as the ERC hits Ypres, having confirmed a deal with Skoda.

Legendary Belgian racer Freddy Loix is set to compete at his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship with Škoda Motorsport.

The 42-year old has twice enjoyed success on the Ypres Rally with the Czech car manufacturer, and is hopeful of completing a hat-trick when the event gets underway on Thursday [27 June].

He joins a potent squad which, with the Czech duo of Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler, leads the way in the ERC standings after five rounds.

"I'm really happy to be back behind the wheel of the Škoda Fabia S2000 for the Ypres Rally,” Loix confirmed, “I have a lot of very good memories here driving in this great car."

The Belgian veteran last tasted victory at his home rally in 2010 and 2011 and, in his whole career, has racked up seven wins in Ypres. His place on the 2013 event, complete with co-driver Frederic Miclotte, has been made possible by the support of Škoda Belgium. The two have proven to be quite the successful pairing as, with the help of Loix, Škoda was able to secure the ERC constructors' title in both 2010 and 2011.

"I would like to thank all our partners, who have been able to make this possible," Loix said, "If you're aware of the 112-year history of Škoda in motor racing and the importance of the Ypres Rally, you know how special this rally is to all of us. The fight for places on the podium will be keenly contested."

Despite that, the seasoned pro is optimistic that he will be competitive from the very first stage and then be able to build on that throughout the event.

Kopecký and Dresler have already impressed when demonstrating how fast the Fabia S2000 can go on various surfaces, having won three of the four ERC races they have competed in so far this season, as well as taking second place in Corsica, racking up a table-topping 146 points to date.

Tagged as: Ypres , Skoda , european , Freddy Loix , ERC

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Freddy Loix /Frederic Miclotte. Skoda Fabia S2000. Rallye Sanremo 2011. [Pic credit: IRC]
Freddy Loix. Peugeot 207 S2000. Tour de Corse-E.Leclerc. [Pic credit: IRC]
Fredy Loix - Skoda Fabia S2000  [pic credit: IRC]
Fredy Loix   [pic credit: IRC]
Skoda Fabia R 5 (CZE), Skoda motorsport [Credit: Skoda motorsport]
Skoda Fabia R5
Skoda Fabia R5
Craig Breen and his Peugeot Academy team celebrate on Circuit of Ireland podium   [pic credit: ERC]
Emil Bergkvist - Opel Adam   [pic credit: ERC]
Craig Breen - Peugeot Rally Academy 208T16   [pic credit: ERC]
Kajetan Kajetanowicz. Circuit of Ireland Rally 2015 [Pic credit: ERC]
Robert Barrable. Circuit of Ireland Rally 2015 [Pic credit: ERC]
Craig Breen. Circuit of Ireland Rally 2015 [Pic credit: ERC]
Craig Breen (IRE), Peugeot, FIA ERC [Credit: ERC PR]
Rallye International du Valais, European Rally Championship [Credit: European Rally Championship]
Junior ERC: Chris Ingram, Peugeot UK [Credit: Chris Ingram Rally]
Skoda Fabia R 5 (CZE), Skoda motorsport [Credit: Skoda motorsport]
Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm test the new Fabia R5 [Pic credit: Skoda]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.