Fantastic and varied starting field of 108 teams
The 56th edition of the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium could not have wished for a more beautiful prospect The first Belgian round of the FIA World Rally Championship presents a magnificent starting field of
108 teams, including all the world’s best drivers who have to compete against the local favourites Thierry Neuville and Martijn Wydaeghe.
The field is led by 10 P1 WRCs, the top class cars in the World Championship. Seven-time World Champion Sébastien Ogier will open the road with his Toyota Yaris WRC as the championship leader. Vice World Champion Elfyn Evans is also a serious contender at Toyota, and they also have the youngest winner of a World Championship round in its ranks with Kalle Rovanperä. The fourth Yaris WRC is in the hands of Takamoto Katsuta, the Japanese driver who is increasingly finding his footing in the WRC.
Of course, we can expect Sébastien Ogier to be at the front, but in Ypres our compatriot Thierry Neuville will start as the favourite, together with co-driver Martijn Wydaeghe. After all, Neuville is the only one to have experience at speed with his i20 Coupe WRC on these tests. Craig Breen, the winner of the 2019 edition, will also be very fast with the third Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, while Ott Tänak will want to forget his run of bad luck. A fourth Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC will be in the hands of Pierre-Louis Loubet.
M-Sport gives Nordist Adrien Fourmaux a chance in the Ford Fiesta RS WRC and is navigated by our compatriot, Renaud Jamoul. We can expect fast times from the French talent on asphalt and is almost in front of his own audience. Gus Greensmith will be behind the wheel of the other Ford Fiesta RS WRC.
In WRC2 we get to see the debut of the new Hyundai i20 Rally2, deployed by Oliver Solberg and reigning WRC3 champion Jari Huttunen. Teemu Suninen and Tom Kristensson will defend Ford colours, while Nikolay Gryazin will provide a spectacle with his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
They have to watch out for the fastest WRC3 drivers, including some of our compatriots from the Belgian championship. Just think of championship leader Ghislain de Mevius, rallying against Sébastien Bedoret, PJM Cracco and Cédric De Cecco, all with Skoda Fabia's R5, Grégoire Munster with his Hyundai i20 R5, Vincent Verschueren and Pieter Tsjoen with their Volkswagen Polos GTI R5, Bernd Casier and Maxime Potty with their Ford Fiesta's Mk2 and to Davy Vanneste and Kris Princen with their Citroën C3 R5's, and we should certainly not lose sight of defending champion Adrien Fernémont.
And that is only a part of the top drivers in this field who will be at the start in this historic edition of the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium. There will be more about that later.
In short, the Renties Ypres Rally promises excitement and spectacle from the first special stage on Friday afternoon, August 13, to the finish on the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, August 15.