The FIA World Rally Championship in August in Ypres
Never say never again. The FIA World Rally Championship is coming to our country after all. The Renties Ypres Rally Belgium will count for the World Rally Championship in August. This will be the first time in history that a round of the World Rally Championship will be held in Belgium.
Well, that's it! Two months after Club Superstage had to cancel the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship 2020 with pain in its heart due to the second wave of the Covid pandemic, the joint efforts of the many volunteers have not been in vain. Initially the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium was nominated as a reserve round for 2021, but today Belgium’s top rally has definitively gained a place on the 2021 FIA WRC Calendar.
"Following the cancellation of the rally at the end of October, we remained in close contact with the FIA and WRC Promoter, emphasising that our event was ready to take its place on the WRC calendar," said Alain Penasse, President of Club Superstage. "Our employees had proved that they could switch quickly and organise a WRC event at short notice. We will be able to welcome the FIA World Rally Championship in Ypres for the first time in mid-August! Broadly speaking, we will use last year's format again. This was clearly appreciated by the participants, as the registration list for the 2020 edition looked impressive with 140 teams registered".
The Renties Ypres Rally Belgium is traditionally held at the end of June, but the 2021 World Championship fixture will be held in August.
"Of course we had to take into account the other dates on the FIA WRC 2021 calendar. In August we will replace the UK round. We also had to take into account the availability of the market in Ypres and the possibilities at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, where the GP Formula 1 will be held at the end of August. That's why mid-August seems ideal," concludes Alain Penasse.
The FIA World Rally Championship coming to Ypres in August will give a huge boost to tourism and catering in the region.
"The tourism and hospitality sector has been severely hit by the Covid pandemic. By bringing the World Championship to Ypres, the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium will give a tremendous boost to the hospitality and tourism sector in the region. Now that vaccinations are starting in our country, everyone hopes to be able to enjoy their regained freedom again this summer. This will certainly create a unique atmosphere on the Market Square in Ypres and along the special stages," says Jan Huyghe, director of Club Superstage.
The worldwide interest of fans in the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium was enormous two months ago. This summer they will be served at the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium, a historic event for the Belgian sports world.