Thierry Neuville is next weekend, the big attraction of the 54th Ypres Rally, the highlight on the Belgian rallykalender. That turned out to be from the official press conference Tuesday in the Kattestad.
The Ypres Rally is not just for the Belgian championship, but also for the European championship IN and the British rallykampioenschap. The great attraction is just like last year, Thierry Neuville. The Oostkantonner comes as a leader in the world championship to Ypres and that is an absolute first for the organization. He starts in a Hyundai i20 R5, are trusted WRC is not allowed, which for the occasion will be filled with red noses. (read more)
The rally in advance is not won, it was last year, when Neuville in the decor ended up on the opening day. His main opponents will be Kevin Abbring in the new Citroën C3, R5 and the leader in the French championship, Bryan Bouffier in a Skoda Fabia R5. The favorites points to grab in the Belgian championship, Vincent Verschueren (Skoda Fabia R5) and Kris Princen (Skoda Fabia R5) that also have their say in the battle for victory in Ypres.
The rally will start with the shakedown on Thursday. That is the last session that also counts as qualification. The best fifteen may their starting position on Friday to choose. Friday and Saturday have 23 special stages are completed. After 278 kilometres against the clock the winner is known. It runs about 22: 00 on the stage.
In addition to the Ypres Rally, there is also a historic area, that Boezinge trades for Ypres. That is the most important innovation in the entire organization.
During the Last Post ceremony differs from the caravan out to the park of Zonnebeke to the daily commemoration of the First world War not to disturb.
Neuville is out to settle the score
A year ago, Neuville already looking for a first victory in the Ypres Rally, the highlight of the Belgian rallykalender. But soon things went wrong when he was in Dikkebus, in the background ended up. The Oostkantonner and current leader in the world championship is therefore on revenge.
“Stay on the road is certainly the most important. The trail around Ypres forgives nothing and is very specific”, open Neuville who has no dream wedding with this rally, and only once on the podium. “The pace will be tremendously high.”
Neuville is allowed in this rally does not start with the familiar WRC car, but with the lighter R5 version. “It is a totally different car, aimed at customers. The R5 does not really suit our style of driving, so we must adapt,” said Neuville.
For Hyundai, the arrival of Neuville as a leader in the WRC a commercial hit. “Now he is at the head of the state, we wanted Thierry certainly, for his many fans. He is not yet so well known in Flanders. This helps,” said William Meerschaut, head of communications and PR at Hyundai. “Thierry insisted, however, that we also have the good goal might like to think. Hence the decoration in the theme of Red Nose Day. We also have a seat next to him, auctioned, what to 3,600 euro has brought.”
The first showdown comes Thursday with the shakedown and the qualifying session that the start order on Friday determined. The 54th Ypres Rally ends Saturday to 22 hours.