Freddy Loix and his co-pilot Pieter Tsjoen (Skoda Fabia) won the Aarova rally in Oudenaarde on Saturday, which is the ninth of a total of twelve races in the Belgian Championship. Loix had 15.8 ahead of Vincent Verschueren (Skoda Fabia). Frederic Miclotte (VW Polo) finished third at 1:09.8. BK leader Maxime Potty (Citroën C3) canceled Friday evening because his car was not ready in time.
The Aarova Rally was part of the BRC for the first time this year, but that did not boost registrations. Only 34 participants took the start. Loix immediately took the lead in the opening stage, but had to relinquish those two stages later to Niels Reynvoet (Citroën C3). Reynvoet dominated the rally, until he made a mistake in the ninth stage and had to retire.
Loix took the lead again and succeeded himself on the honors list. In 2022, the competition was still on the VAS calendar. Loix’s last victory in the BRC dates back more than seven years. On June 25, 2016, he won the Ypres Rally for the eleventh time in his career. Vincent Verschueren finished in second place with his outdated Skoda Fabia. Frederic Miclotte, former co-pilot of Freddy Loix and current co-pilot of Jourdan Serderidis, finished third. For Miclotte it is his first podium finish in the BRC as a driver.
Major absentee in Oudenaarde was BK leader Maxime Potty. Citroën has a problem with the delivery of certain engine parts and that is why Potty was forced to give up. His participation in the next BK race, the Omloop van Vlaanderen in early September, is at risk for the same reason.
Amaury Molle (Alpine A110) was the best in the GTs. Hermann Rainer (BMW M3) won the Historics. Pierre-Manuel Brasseur (Renault Clio) beat Lander Depotter (Renault Clio) in the juniors.