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Ypres Rally Belgium (WRC) - NEW DATE 19-22 Nov 20

Posted: September 10, 2020 3:25 PM - 1906 Hits

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Belgium added to 2020 FIA World Rally Championship

Posted: August 19, 2020 7:35 AM

Belgium will host a round of the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time after Renties Ypres Rally Belgium was added to the 2020 calendar.

The asphalt event will take place on 19 - 22 November, replacing Rally Japan as the eighth and final round of the season.

Japan’s return to the WRC after a 10-year hiatus has been regrettably called off due to border entry restriction policies imposed by the government due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Belgium will become the 34th nation to stage a WRC round since the series started in 1973.

Ypres was first held in 1965 and has become established as one of Europe’s most demanding rallies. Previous winners include current Hyundai Motorsport WRC driver and home hero Thierry Neuville in 2018 and team-mate Craig Breen last season.

It will feature about 300km of special stages across three full days of competition. Sunday’s final leg will be focused on the iconic Spa race circuit, with the rally-closing Wolf Power Stage featuring the famous Eau Rouge / Raidillon section of the track.

A service park in the heart of Ypres’ historic Grote Markt will be the rally hub and Simon Larkin, WRC Promoter’s senior director events, said the rally would provide a unique test for competitors.

“For many years Ypres was a hugely popular cornerstone of the FIA European Rally Championship. Its elevation to the WRC will provide one of the sternest challenges of the year for competitors and a fitting finale to the 2020 season,” he said.

“Its tricky mix of narrow asphalt lanes and big ditches lining the roads, allied with some stages in the dark and the potential for mixed weather, will provide plenty of thrills and spills for fans.”

FIA Rally Director Yves Matton said:
“We’re very disappointed Rally Japan will not happen this year due to the pandemic, in particular given all the hard work undertaken by the Japanese authorities, the Japanese Automobile Federation and the organising team. I thank them for that.

“Belgium has a great tradition and passion for rally, evidenced by the number of Belgians in various roles – drivers, mechanics, team principal, journalists – in the WRC. The route will showcase the DNA of the rally as it crosses the country by linking Ypres to Spa-Francorchamps, two iconic venues of Belgian motorsport,” he added.

Jan Huyghe, board member for Ypres promoter Club Superstage, said it had always been an ambition of the club to host a WRC round in Belgium.

“It’s a tremendous honour because as an organiser you always want to reach the highest level,” he added.

“Ypres Rally has a cast-iron reputation in terms of organisation and safety and the city of Ypres has had the rally in its genes for 56 years. Rally is integral to the region and we receive a lot of support and facilities from the city to organise our rally in a unique historical context.”

A disappointed Koji Takahashi, chairman of the Rally Japan 2020 executive committee, said the focus would now turn to preparations for the 2021 event in the Aichi and Gifu regions. Japan is one of nine rounds already confirmed for next season’s FIA WRC calendar.

Liam Egan & Cal McCarthy place entries.

Posted: June 16, 2020 1:46 PM

Renties Ypres Rally: new date October 1-3

Posted: May 20, 2020 4:36 PM

A few days ago Club Superstage confirmed the Renties Ypres Rally would be postponed, but today they can announce the new date for the headliner event. The Renties Ypres Rally 2020 will be held from October 1 to 3.

The Renties Ypres Rally is one of the biggest sporting events of the year in Belgium. Club Superstage works with a large team of volunteers for the whole year to prepare. Additionally, the route of the rally is spread over several municipalities, and as such many other local events must be taken into account. Other international events like Ghent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders classic cycling events must also be considered. Therefore, it was a quite complex puzzle to find a new date. After consultation with all local governments and federations, the Renties Ypres Rally, and the Bernard Degroote Ypres Historic Rally, will be held from 1 to 3 October.

"The corona crisis and the ban on sports until July 31 have forced us, for the first time, to postpone the Renties Ypres Rally into autumn," said Club Superstage president Alain Penasse. "It was a complicated puzzle to find a suitable date together with all parties. We will do everything we can to put on a great rally during the first weekend of October. With this date in early October, the Ypres Rally is also an ideal preparation for the World Rally Championship round in Germany. It will undoubtedly be a new challenge for the drivers to complete the well-known special stages in the autumn. The participants will have to finish more tests in the dark. In a way, we will return to the roots. "

Good news for the drivers looking forward to go rallying again: registrations for the event are open on the event website, link below.

Event Postponed

Posted: April 30, 2020 5:24 AM

The coronavirus continues to grip the country and it is impossible to organize a major international sporting event like the Renties Ypres Rally before summer. The health of the participants, employees and spectators comes first for Club Superstage the dynamic organising body, and as such they have made the decision to postpone the Renties Ypres Rally.

Superstage is currently busy finding alternative dates for the Le Seau Monteberg Rally, the Renties Ypres Rally and the Ypres Historic Rally. Negotiations with the federations, city and municipal authorities are in full swing. We hope to be able to communicate a definitive answer to all fans and participants next week. Thanks for your understanding.

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Posted: April 30, 2020 5:23 AM

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