Behind Melissa Debackere won the ERC Ladies' Trophy on her debut and claimed a fine seventh overall. Former Hungarian champion Andras Hadik also impressed on his ERC debut by securing eighth with Antonin Tlustak finishing ninth and claiming another strong haul of points for the GPD Mit Metal Racing Team in its quest for the European Rally Championship for Teams. David Croes took 10th with Andreas Aigner battling to the finish in 11th in his Stohl Racing Subaru Impreza R4 STI for crucial ERC Production Car Cup points.
Aigner was on course for his third consecutive victory in the division only to drop back when he damaged his car's left-rear wheel striking a tree on Saturday morning. A puncture and a loss of brakes caused further misery for the Austrian.
Former Production Car world champion Hayden Paddon was in fourth overall when he crashed out at high speed on stage 14. Although he and co-driver John Kennard were uninjured, damage to the Fiesta's radiator after the car struck a tree meant they were unable to continue. “The rear of the car snapped sideways for no apparent reason, which spun us down the road,” Paddon said.
The Geko Ypres Rally marked the halfway stage of the 2013 ERC season when the scores of drivers, co-drivers and teams from the first six events are effectively frozen as only the best four results from the first six rounds – plus the best four results from the final six events are considered.
Geko Ypres Rally (Belgium) - Top ten positions :
1. Freddy Loix /Frédéric Miclotte
Skoda Fabia 2000 2h32m19.4s
2. Bryan Bouffier /Lara Vanneste
Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m21.0s
3. Craig Breen /Paul Nagle
Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m52.5s
4. Andy Lefevere /Andy Vangheluwe
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +6m36.4s
5. Hermen Kobus /Erik de Wild
Ford Fiesta S2000 +6m41.2s
6. Michal Solowow /Sebastian Rozwadowski
Ford Fiesta RRC +7m00.0s
7. Melissa Debackere /Cindy Cokelaere
Peugeot 207 S2000 +9m38.5s
8. András Hadik /Krisztián Kertész
Subaru Impreza R4 STI +10m09.3s
9. Antonín Tlusák /Jan Škaloud
ŠKODA Fabia S2000 +10m25.6s
10. David Croes /Eric Tack
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +12m07.7s
ERC Production Car Cup:
Andy Lefevere /Andy Vangheluwe (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X)
ERC 2WD Championship:
Xavier Baugnet /Eric Borguet (Peugeot 208 R2)
ERC Ladies' Trophy:
Melissa Debackere (Peugeot 207 S2000)
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy: