"We again have a one-two for Skoda and showed what a good car we have," the Czech commented, "Freddy did a very good job, so congratulations to him, but the championship is closer now and Azores is coming next where we will do our best."
Thierry Neuville took a career-best third in his Kronos Racing-run Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207. The young Belgian showed a level of maturity that belied his 22 years, and rarely made a mistake as he adhered to team orders by reducing his pace to ensure a podium finish. His performance, which elevates him to sixth in the standings, provided some cheer for the Kronos squad, which lost the cars of Meeke and Belgian championship leader Pieter Tsjoen in separate accidents.
Belgian Bernd Casier was a solid fourth overall in his Skoda Fabia, with Andreas Mikkelsen fifth in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000. The Norwegian was delayed by a puncture on Friday's second stage, but gradually climbed the leaderboard throughout Saturday to bag his first IRC points and finish as the highest-placed Ypres Rally rookie.
Veteran Patrick Snijers was keeping the charging Bruno Magalhaes at bay, and seemingly certain of sixth place in his 207, only to retire on the final stage with a technical fault. Magalhaes was pushing hard in his efforts to lessen the impact of a 1min 10secs time penalty imposed for twice leaving service late due to a gearbox problem, and was rewarded with sixth place when Snijers retired.
Poland's Michal Solowow overcame a puncture on the final stage to claim seventh in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000, with Luca Betti eighth and rounding out the point scorers after also falling victim to a deflated tyre on the last run.
Dutch youngster Kevin Abbring won the IRC 2WD Cup in his Clio R3, one place ahead of Corsican Pierre Campana, who now leads the two-wheel drive standings in his similar car, despite a slow puncture on the penultimate stage. Kris Princen had led the class only to drop out of Friday's first leg with alternator failure.
Geko Ypres Rally - Top 10 after Leg Two:
1. Freddy Loix/Frederic Miclotte
Skoda Fabia S2000 2h35m36.9s
2. Jan Kopecky/Petr Stary
Skoda Fabia S2000 +22.1s
3. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Klinger
Peugeot 207 S2000 +2m05.5s
4. Bernd Casier/Francis Caesemaeker
Skoda Fabia S2000 +4m06.1s
5. Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Floene
M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 +5m20.9s
6. Bruno Magalhaes/Carlos Magalhaes
Peugeot 207 S2000 +6m06.2s
7. Michal Solowow/Maciej Baran
M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 +7m24.5s
8. Luca Betti/Pierangelo Scalvini
Peugeot 207 S2000 +9m37.6s
9. Corrado Fontana/Nicola Arena
Peugeot 207 S2000 +9m53.0s
10. Maciej Oleksowicz/Andrzej Obrebowski
M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000 +10m39.0s
IRC standings (after round six of 12)
1. Juho Hanninen
2. Jan Kopecky
3. Guy Wilks
4. Bruno Magalhaes
5. Kris Meeke
6. Thierry Neuville
7. Mikko Hirvonen
= Freddy Loix
9. Paolo Andreucci
10. Nicolas Vouilloz
IRC Manufacturers standings (after round six of 12)