The Las Vegas Ypres Historic Rally, for cars with a FIA homologation, ran the Langemark test twice on Friday night, with the final stage in Dikkebus.
Harri Toivonen, brother of former Ypres winner Henri, was able to stay with the Sierra Cosworth, keeping the gap just under the minute. Then comes a small platoon BMWs, with in order Guino Kenis, Tom Van Rompuy, Valter Jensen and Danny Kerckhof. Anders Johnsen (Porsche) and Steve Perez (Lancia Stratos) conclude the top-10. It is noteworthy that there is a large number of foreigners in the top-10 - a place that used to be a Belgian / Flemish occupation. Didier Vanwijnsberghe, also tipped as a favourite, did not appear happy with the Toyota Celica and is in a 12th place.
In the Sas Pils Classic Ypresrally, Christophe Merlevede showed his intentions by winning the Langemark stage - the only one that these drivers ran on Friday. The driver from Poperinge was able to compete for almost 15 seconds ahead of surprising Bram Fonteyne and his Volvo 240. For, Frederic Chambon, he was happy with the third place, at 18.1 seconds behind, but fears for the reliability of his Porsche. Tim Pearcey and Dirk Deveux, both in Ford Escorts, are close in top-5. Surprisingly, Bart Ruyssen in the VW Golf is running well in 7th place.
For Alain Vermeulen, he saw his leading role go up in smoke due to technical problems with the BMW. He lost 7 minutes when on Langemark.