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The history books will show that the 55th Ypres Rally was a podium lock out for Volkswagen with the Polo R5 powering 4 of the final top 5 crews. It was Craig Breen & Paul Nagle who ended up taking victory by just over 45s from Kevin Abbring & Veronique Hostens. Abbring had set fastest time on the opening 3 stages but a costly loss of time on the 4th stage saw Breen take the lead, which he never relinquished. Abbring was on the fightback for the rest of the event, setting 10 fastest stage times to Breen’s 9. Third overall were Kris Princen & Bram Eelbode, just 13s behind.

11 time Ypres winner Freddy Loix & Pieter Tsjoen (Fabia R5) were almost 2 minutes back in 4th with Davy Vanneste & Kris D’alleine (Polo R5) in 5th. The top two British crews were next with Matt Edwards & Patrick Walsh (Fiesta R5) just over a minute ahead of Tom Cave & Dale Bowen (i20 R5). Joachim Wagemans & François Geerlandt (208 T16) were 8th, Alex Laffey & Stuart Loudon (Fiesta R5) 9th and the top 10 was completed by Kevin Demaerschalk & Lara Vanneste (C3 R5). The 1st 2WD crew home were Timothy Van Parijs & Kurt Heyndrickx (Porsche 996 GT3).

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