"With not so much experience I wanted to reach the finish to increase my experience and that's what I did," Weijs noted, "It was a shame Bernd [Casier] had his problem because I had a good fight with him."
Casier's unfortunate exit promoted Michal Solowow into a fine fourth with his M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000. But the Pole needed all his ingenuity to rectify a sticking throttle and reach the finish in Ypres' historic Grote Markt.
Like Wilks, Kruuda was also slowed by a spate of punctures, while a minor intercom glitch on stage ten didn't help his progress. However, he belied his lack of experience of asphalt driving to finish sixth and score points for his second event in a row.
Toni Gardemeister took a strong seventh on his Ypres debut but the Finn could have finished higher up the order in his TGS Worldwide Fabia had it not been for a time-consuming puncture on stage ten. Luca Rossetti, the Ypres winner in 2007, overcame a spin on stage seven and two punctures in the afternoon to claim eighth overall in his Abarth Grande Punto.
Bernard Ten Brinke landed his maiden IRC points in ninth with Robert Barrable also bagging his first IRC point in tenth overall following an impressive showing on his Ypres debut. Barrable thought he'd lost the place with an overshoot on the final stage but when the pursuing Swede PG Andersson, in a Proton Motorsports Satria Neo S2000, damaged the left-rear corner of his car early in the test, Irishman Barrable kept hold of the position. Frenchman Julien Maurin overcame early setbacks to clinch eleventh in his M-Sport Fiesta, but there would be no finish for Andersson's Proton team-mate Giandomenico Basso, who crashed into a ditch after striking a rock on Saturday's first stage. The Italian was firmly in contention for a top ten finish at the time.
Andreas Mikkelsen recorded four stage wins for Skoda UK Motorsport after he restarted under SupeRally regulations following his stage one exit. Thierry Neuville, one of the pre-event favourites for victory in his Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207, also returned for Saturday's action but withdrew after stage eight with suspension damage caused by striking a rock.
Belgian Jonas Langenakens won the IRC Production Cup with countryman Anthony Martin second in another Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer. But the standout performance came from Jasper van den Heuvel in his R4-specification Ralliart Mitsubishi Lancer, who finished third in class despite being delayed through repairing damaged brakes and suspension during the course of the rally. It was the first appearance on an international event for van den Heuvel and co-driver Martine Kolman since they suffered burns in a crash on a rally in Germany last August. At the finish, Kolman announced her retirement from competition.
Philip Barbier was the leading Subaru Impreza finisher in fifth. Local hero Kris Princen took the IRC 2WD Cup laurels after long-term leader Kevin Abbring lost precious minutes stuck in a ditch on stage 14. Irish driver Tommy Doyle was a fine second with Abbring recovering to fourth. Martin Kangur was the top Honda Civic finisher in eleventh with Matthias Boon twelfth in his Skoda Fabia R2. Gearbox problems forced IRC 2WD Cup champion Harry Hunt's retirement on Saturday morning.