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Marty Mccor­mack will head to Ypres in his Skoda Fabia S2000 for the sec­ond year in a row and will miss the next two rounds of the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship as a re­sult.

Mccor­mack went to Ypres for only the sec­ond time last year and fin­ished eighth, and third of the un­der­pow­ered S2000 cars. The spec­i­fi­ca­tion is be­com­ing more sparse as driv­ers up­grade to quicker R5 machin­ery but Mccor­mack is hope­ful of a good re­sult.

“We went to Ypres for the first time in the car last year,” he said. “It took us a bit of work to set-up the car in the UK but in Ypres we’ve got a re­ally good base set-up, which is key to be­ing com­fort­able and keep­ing up a pace.

“I had a chat with Kevin Ab­bring the other day and he watched the in-car [video] from last year and called me crazy! I want to go and en­joy it, that in­volves driv­ing at 10-10ths and that’s the plan.”

Mccor­mack will miss the Scot­tish Rally – the next round of the BRC – as it clashes with Ypres. He’ll also miss the Nicky Grist Stages two weeks later.

Thanks to the mixed sur­face, the teams and driv­ers have three hours to switch the cars from gravel to as­phalt set-up ready for the tar-cov­ered Epynt on Sun­day. This wouldn’t give Mccor­mack time to strip the wheel hubs, and a spares pack­age would cost ap­prox­i­mately 20,000 euros [£15,800].

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