Negotiations are in full swing.”
The Superstage Club, organiser of the Renties Ypres Rally, is in the middle of negotiations with the FIA and the promoter of the WRC to bring the World Rally Championship to Belgium for the first time in history. The decision will be taken shortly.
The Covid-19 crisis led to the postponement and even cancellation of many events around the world. The Renties Ypres Rally was moved from the end of June to the first weekend of October.
In WRC, the rallies in Finland, New Zealand and Wales were recently cancelled, after Argentina and Sardinia were also postponed and Portugal and Kenya were cancelled. To restart the WRC, the FIA has been looking for other organisations to complete the 2020 calendar. The FIA also asked the Superstage Club whether the organiser of Renties Ypres Rally would like the 56th edition of its flagship event to count towards the 2020 World Rally Championship.
“It is of course a great honour to be asked to count for the WRC 2020,” says Jan Huyghe of the Organising Committee. “It is a recognition for the hundreds of volunteers and members of our club who dedicate themselves to our organization every year. It is only thanks to them that we can organize rallies.
That’s the credit of our entire team. Moreover, for years the Ypres Rally has been praised throughout Europe for the quality of its organisation, experience and safety. We are honoured that the FIA asked us to do so and from that moment on the Superstage Club moved up a gear to define a new route, contact the city of Ypres, the federation and other authorities, etc”.
Superstage hereby confirms that the Renties Ypres Rally is under evaluation for the organisation of a round of the 2020 World Rally Championship from October 1 to 4.
“The project has been well received by the authorities, the city of Ypres, which has the rally in its genes, and our partners. We have developed a race with a Belgian character, which combines two icons of Belgian motorsport: Ypres and Spa-Francorchamps”, confirms Jan Huyghe. “But let’s be clear: nothing has been decided yet. The Superstage Club is currently negotiating with the FIA and the WRC promoter and the decision will be made soon.”
The dream of Belgian rally fans to attend a WRC round in their own country has never been more realistic.