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Ypres ERC: Freddy Loix handed big lead as Craig Breen hits trouble

Freddy Loix, Skoda, Ypres ERC 2013Freddy Loix's Ypres Rally lead soared to 1m36s at the end of Friday after Craig Breen suffered a broken driveshaft.

Breen had been the only man able to keep seven-time Ypres winner and Belgian rallying legend Loix in sight on home ground at the start of the latest European Rally Championship round.

He escaped a puncture on SS4 with only minimal delay, but a driveshaft breakage on the next stage left Breen's Peugeot limping in two-wheel-drive.

By the time the loop was complete, he had fallen to fourth place overall.

Breen's troubles left Loix's factory-supported Skoda over a minute and a half clear of new second-place man Bryan Bouffier.

Hayden Paddon became the first man to deny Loix a stage win when he topped the short Mesen, and is now third, 13 seconds ahead of Breen.

As is Ypres' tradition, the remainder of the rally is crammed into Saturday, with four loops totalling 14 stages, starting mid-morning and finishing under darkness.

Leading positions after SS6:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car             Time/Gap
 1.  Freddy Loix        Skoda                57m56.8s
 2.  Bryan Bouffier     Delta Peugeot        +1m36.2s
 3.  Hayden Paddon      Symtech Ford         +2m09.0s
 4.  Craig Breen        Sainteloc Peugeot    +2m22.2s
 5.  Andreas Aigner     Stohl Subaru         +3m17.9s
 6.  Davy Vanneste      Duindistel Peugeot   +3m46.9s
 7.  Hermen Kobus       Kobus Ford           +3m47.3s
 8.  Andy Lefevere      Atlantic Mitsubishi  +3m56.1s
 9.  Michal Solowow     Cersanit Ford        +5m22.5s
10.  Melissa Debackere  Duindistel Peugeot   +5m33.9s
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