Freddy Loix has moved into a dominant lead at the end of the first day of his home round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, the Ypres Rally
The Skoda driver was quickest on all six Friday stages, to established a 36.7-second lead over Peugeot UK's Guy Wilks.
Local Skoda man Pieter Tsjoen continues to fend off PH Peugeot's Bryan Bouffier in the battle for third. Luca Rossetti has fallen back from this group after his Abarth temporarily dropped onto three cylinders on SS4, but has recovered to eighth.
Former Junior World Rally Championship frontrunner Hans Weijs holds a praiseworthy fifth on his IRC S2000 debut.
Leading positions after SS6:Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Freddy Loix Skoda 51m11.1s 2. Guy Wilks Peugeot UK (Kronos) + 36.7s 3. Pieter Tsjoen Kronos Peugeot + 54.1s 4. Bryan Bouffier PH Peugeot + 58.9s 5. Hans Weijs Wevers Skoda + 1m20.2s 6. Bernd Casier Duindistel Skoda + 1m32.2s 7. Toni Gardemeister TGS Skoda + 1m45.5s 8. Michal Solowow Cersanit Ford + 2m00.0s 9. Luca Rossetti National Proklama Abarth + 2m04.5s 10. Karl Kruuda ME3 Skoda + 2m05.2s
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