2010 Ypres Rally

The 2010 GEKO Ypres Rally was the 45th running of the Ypres Rally and the sixth round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC). The event was held between 24–26 June 2010 and was based in the town of Ypres, Belgium.

2010 GEKO Ypres Rally
Round 6 of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge
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GEKO Ypres Rally Logo
Host countryBelgium Belgium
Rally baseYpres
Dates runJune 24 – 26 2010
Stages19 (293.62 km; 182.45 miles)[1]
Stage surfaceAsphalt
Overall distance651.30 km (404.70 miles)
Results
Overall winnerBelgium Freddy Loix
Belgium Freddy Loix
Crews97 at start, 48 at finish

IntroductionEdit

The rally was held over two days with a total of 293.62 km (182.45 mi) covered in nineteen asphalt special stages. Friday had six stages with Saturday having a total of thirteen stages.[1] In addition to IRC frontrunners Juho Hänninen, Jan Kopecký and Kris Meeke, other entries in S2000 cars included Freddy Loix (Škoda Fabia S2000) and factory Proton pair, Chris Atkinson and Alister McRae.[2]

ResultsEdit

The event was dominated by local driver Freddy Loix after two of the main title contenders crashed out of the rally; Juho Hänninen on stage four[3] and Kris Meeke on stage eight.[4] In addition to these retirements both Proton's failed to finish due to engine problems related to valve spring failures.[5] The win was the fifth different winner of an IRC round this season, the fourth for Škoda and its first with the facelift Fabia.[6]

The Ypres Historic Rally normally runs at the same time as the main event. In 2010, the winner was Robert Droogmans, a Belgian racing driver competing with Marc Duez.

Overall standingsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
1.   Freddy Loix   Fréderic Miclotte Škoda Fabia S2000 2:35:36.9 0.0 10
2.   Jan Kopecký   Petr Starý Škoda Fabia S2000 2:35:58.3 21.4 8
3.   Thierry Neuville   Nicolas Klinger Peugeot 207 S2000 2:37:42.4 2:05.5 6
4.   Bernd Casier   Francis Caesemaeker Škoda Fabia S2000 2:39:38.5 4:01.6 5
5.   Andreas Mikkelsen   Ola Fløene Ford Fiesta S2000 2:40:57.8 5:20.9 4
6.   Bruno Magalhães   Carlos Magalhães Peugeot 207 S2000 2:41:43.1 6:06.2 3
7.   Michał Sołowow   Maciej Baran Ford Fiesta S2000 2:43:01.4 7:24.5 2
8.   Luca Betti   Pierangelo Scalvini Peugeot 207 S2000 2:45:14.5 9:37.6 1

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(25 June)
SS1 16:29 Hollebeke 1 28.82 km   Kris Meeke 15:49.4 109.28 km/h   Kris Meeke
SS2 17:20 Westouter 1 6.04 km   Freddy Loix 3:34.3 101.47 km/h
SS3 18:00 Mesen – Sauvegarde 1 14.80 km   Freddy Loix 7:58.2 111.42 km/h   Freddy Loix
SS4 20:06 Hollebeke 2 28.82 km   Freddy Loix 15:40.4 110.33 km/h
SS5 20:57 Westouter 2 6.04 km   Kris Meeke 3:31.8 102.66 km/h
SS6 21:37 Mesen – Sauvegarde 2 14.80 km   Freddy Loix 7:56.3 111.86 km/h
2
(26 June)
SS7 11:13 Proven-Vleteren 1 14.80 km   Kris Meeke 7:21.9 120.57 km/h
SS8 11:31 Watou 1 12.33 km   Freddy Loix 6:40.3 110.89 km/h
SS9 12:12 Kemmelberg 1 9.06 km   Freddy Loix 4:55.6 110.34 km/h
SS10 13:41 Langemark 1 18.84 km   Jan Kopecký 9:48.4 115.27 km/h
SS11 14:16 Dikkebus 1 11.32 km   Jan Kopecký 6:03.6 112.08 km/h
SS12 14:43 Heuvelland 1 28.80 km   Jan Kopecký 14:59.7 115.24 km/h
SS13 15:56 Lille-Eurométropole 1.66 km   Jan Kopecký 1:17.5 77.11 km/h
SS14 18:13 Proven-Vleteren 2 14.80 km   Jan Kopecký 7:21.7 120.62 km/h
SS15 18:31 Watou 2 12.33 km   Freddy Loix 6:40.1 110.94 km/h
SS16 19:12 Kemmelberg 2 9.06 km   Freddy Loix 4:53.7 111.05 km/h
SS17 20:41 Langemark 2 18.84 km   Freddy Loix 9:47.5 115.45 km/h
SS18 21:16 Dikkebus 2 11.32 km   Jan Kopecký 6:03.2 112.20 km/h
SS19 21:43 Heuvelland 2 28.80 km   Jan Kopecký 14:54.7 115.88 km/h

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "GEKO Ypres Rally Itinerary 2010" (PDF). Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Retrieved 13 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "S2000 runners to dominate Ypres entry". Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Hänninen accepts blame for Ypres crash". Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  4. ^ "After SS8: Meeke's crash hands Loix big lead". Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Proton looks to the future after Ypres exit". Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Škoda's Loix lands IRC victory in Belgium". Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2010.