He had warned, if he returned to Ypres, he was going to conquer it. He held his word, Craig Breen, in his fourth outing in Ypres took the victory where he seemed to be in total control. For the rest, this last part of rally we still reserved some surprises. As usual…
The first was the retirement of Vincent Vershueren who had been lying fourth after the exit of Bedoret, after breaking his gearbox in the Skoda Fabia on Langemark (ES20).
Another surprise came from Kevin Demaerschalk, finally in sync with his Citroën C3, which was on rails and took the last three stages. As a result, was able to beat Timothy Van Parijs (Porsche 997 GT3) and get back into the top 10. Tim will console himself with an indisputable victory in the RGT, 36 seconds "in front of Frédéric Delplace and more than 2 minutes ahead of Claudie Tanghe, the other Porsches.
On the last stage, six kilometres from the end (Watou), Kevin Abbring (VW Polo) suffered a puncture. He will leave 25 seconds in the stage but will keep his second place for 13 seconds ahead of Kris Princen, which allows VW a 1-2-3 and their first victory Ypres.
Finally, it was an undisputed victory of the Englishman James William in R2, despite a puncture just two kilometres from the end. The Ford Fiesta beat Timo Van der Marel's Opel Adam.
And then it's impossible to ignore the new Masters category, which allowed spectators to enjoy the passes of Thierry Neuville, and Bruno Thiry who was as happy as a kid Opel Corsa. It was from the workshops of Thierry, who with the organisers had made him the surprise of this return to Ypres.
That concludes this beautiful weekend under the sun in Ypres. See you in 2020!