Loix, one of the favourites for victory in his ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia Super 2000, says the practice of taking ‘cuts’ through corners to optimise speed is crucial for drivers looking to shine on the Belgian asphalt showcase, which takes place from 27-29 June.
“The secret is the same as in Finland,” said the 42-year-old legend. “If you do the recce in Finland [a high-speed gravel rally] you can make some proper pacenotes but the end of the story is you never know exactly when you can cut a corner for a faster line or not cut [because there might be a rock or something like this]. Through the years in Ypres we know where we can cut and where we have to cut to make a small difference. That’s the secret.”
Loix is one of a number of favourites for victory in Ypres where his rivals will include Bryan Bouffier, Craig Breen and Hayden Paddon.