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Wie can stop Freddy Loix ?
The man to beat for victory in the 2016 Kenotek Ypres Rally: Freddy Loix has registered in his Skoda R5. Can he be stopped from taking his 11th victory? Who will take up the challenge?
The present count: 25 R5 cars
5 June, 2016
The registrations for the Kenotek Ypres Rally are still open, but it is already clear that the R5 brigade will be offering up a fantastic spectacle. The only question in everyone’s mind is who can keep Freddy Loix from claiming an 11th victory in de Westhoek, because the reigning Belgian Champion will be at the start fully confident, having already won five consecutive events in the Belgian rally championship. The foreigners are presently not showing their hand.
Next to the Czech Skoda Fabia R5 cars of Jaromir Tarabus and Antonin Tlustak, the Ford Fiesta R5 machines of Jaroslav Orsak and Tomasz Kasperczyk as also the Citroën DS 3 R5 of David Botka, it is more a question of keeping an eye on the times of the Dutchman Hermen Kobus with his Skoda Fabia R5. Kobus has already shown that he can produce a Top 5 in Ypres, but following his serious crash on the Canary Islands, the Lichtenvoorde based driver will undoubtedly take a more sedate start.
Following his five successive wins in the Belgian championship Freddy Loix has already claimed a serious option on the title. The Skoda top driver appears to be inaccessible, however last year Kris Princen proved to be a dangerous rival with his Peugeot 208 T16. In addition, the Skoda camp is well represented with Vincent Verschueren, who appeared on the podium last year in the Westhoek, Melissa Debackere, who is celebrating her comeback with a brand new Fabia R5, Ghislain de Mevius, who showed his pace in Portugal where he took 6th place in WRC2, and Didier Duquesne, who finished in the Top 10 last year.
Ford is counting on the evolution of the Fiesta R5 to battle it out for victory. Bernd Casier and Pieter Tsjoen, the 8 times Belgian champion who last year read the pace notes for Kevin Abbring, both now each definitely have a new Fiesta R5 Evo at disposal. Claudie Tanghe and Davie Vanneste, two fast regional drivers, have also opted for the R5 with the blue oval. And Cédric Cherain is returning to Ypres with a Fiesta R5 Evo. In the first instance Bruno Parmentier is out to have fun with his Fiesta R5
Apart from the sole 208 T16 of Kris Princen, the majority of cars are the Citroën DS 3 machines.
Guillaume Dilley starts as official representative of DS Belux with an R5 entered by Burton Racing, while his DS Belux colleague Kevin Demaerschalk will drive a DS 3 R5 entered by J-Motorsport, the team of the Belgian-Greek Jourdan Serderidis, who will also be present with a DS 3 R5. Tom Van Rompuy, Frédéricq Delplace and Yves Bruneel have also opted for an R5 from the PSA group. 22 top cars of the modern generation, on top of which we have not counted on the fast Super 2000 beasts, such as the Skoda Fabia Super 2000 manned by Martin McCormack. Curious who else might still be joining?
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