Freddy Loix will contest three more rounds of this year's Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The winner of last month's Geko Ypres Rally will enter the events in Madeira, Zlin (Czech Republic) and Sanremo (Italy) in a Skoda Fabia Super 2000 Facelift run by the Belgian Rene Georges Rally Sport operation. 

He said: "Every year I'm thinking to stop but every year I'm back and this year I will be quite busy. I know Madeira is a bit more difficult for me than Ypres, which I know very well, because it is in the mountains but it will be good practice and more time in the car. I have also won once the Barum Rally and last year I was quite quick there until I broke a wheel. I know Sanremo too."

Loix, 39, has won four IRC rounds to date, including Barum Czech Rally Zlin in August 2008. He was runner-up in the drivers' standings in 2008 and third the following season. His victory on the recent Ypres Rally marked his first appearance in the IRC this season.

Wilks delays IRC comeback until Zlin

Guy Wilks and Skoda UK Motorsport will return to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge on Barum Czech Rally Zlin, the all-asphalt contest, which takes place from 27-29 August and forms the ninth round of the 12-event IRC season.

Wilks and co-driver Phil Pugh were on the entry list for next week's Sata Rallye Acores but a decision has now been taken to miss the gravel event plus the subsequent Rali Vinho Madeira in early August. 

The delay will enable Wilks to be fully recovered from the fractures he sustained to his first and second lumbar vertebrae when he crashed at high speed on Rally d'Italia-Sardegna last month. 

"Missing Azores gives us more time to get the new car together and allows me to get back to my normal level of fitness," said Wilks, who will upgrade to a Skoda Fabia S2000 Facelift when he returns to the IRC. A test in Czech Republic is being planned beforehand.

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