Skoda's Freddy Loix wins in Ypres

Skoda driver Feddy Loix has claimed his seventh Ypres Rally win after dominating the two-day race from start to finish.

After taking a comfortable lead on day one in his Skoda Fabia Super 2000, the Belgian made sure that he did not lose the edge, taking top spot on the podium in his home round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).

Peugeot 's Bryan Bouffier took second place in a race where many drivers - some of the British contingent among them - struggled with punctures and other problems.

Andreas Mikkelsen of Skoda UK was forced to pull out early on the first day on Friday after his car suffered damage.

He returned to action on Saturday with the repaired car and although he did not score any points, he set the fastest times on several stages.

Meanwhile, Peugeot driver Guy Wilks finished fifth overall as he lost out after a promising start that saw him get as far as second behind Loix on day one. He was unable to maintain the position after being dogged by punctures on day two.

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