After the last minute registration of Ghislain de Mevius, the organizers of the East Belgian Rally, the penultimate leg of the Jobfixers Belgian Rally Championship, can count on 11 R5s at the start. It promises to be a Skoda festival with 9 Fabia’s R5, although Hans Weijs Jr wants to break that dominance with his VW Polo R5.
The title fight in the Belgian championship seemed definite, but Kris Princen recorded his third “blank” score in the ConXioN Omloop van Vlaanderen. The leader in the championship has only achieved four scores, while the best six results count in the final ranking. A challenge in Sankt-Vith can completely openn up the championship. But, Kris Princen, who after the break with BMA starts with a Skoda from PTR, has a victory enough to extend his title.
Vincent Verschueren ignores the East Belgian Rally, while Cédric Cherain is still looking for the necessary means to perhaps get to the start …
Sébastien Bedoret took his first national victory in Roeselare. He wants to fight again for the win in Sankt-Vith. That is certainly the ambition of Adrian Fernémont, the strongest in Roeselare, until he had to give up due to a mechanical breakdown. Fernémont takes full advantage of the East Cantons and the Condroz Rally.
Hans Weijs Jr. can go for the win with his Volkswagen Polo R5. The Dutchman, navigated by Bjorn Degandt, his regular co-driver when he was driving the South African championship for VW a few years ago, has already shown his talent in Sankt-Vith. Regional driver Kevin Hommes also opts for a VW Polo R5, but the local specialist does not have the ambition to compete for a podium.
That is the ambition of Ghislain de Mevius, fifth in BRC. He wants to reconnect with the stage. We are also curious how high Pieter-Jan Michiel Cracco can aim at the stages in the East Cantons, after he recorded his first fastest time in Roeselare. A performance that requires confirmation, just like Niels Reynvoet’s impressive times in his Fabia R5. Kevin van Deijne gained confidence last weekend in the Dutch Hellendoorn Rally.
Junior champion Grégoire Munster has the opportunity to appropriately celebrate his title with a Skoda Fabia R5 in the colors of Pirelli. A logical step in the career of the double Junior champion who undoubtedly dreams of a close place of honor. Jean-Luc Berleur starts with a Citroën DS3 R5.
In addition to the R5s, it is also looking forward to the times of the Porsches, led by Patrick Snijers and Timothy Van Parijs. Romain Delhez and Steve Zimmer whose power of the 997 GT3 will be very useful.
There is a great entry in Historic and around 30 cars in the Criterium, it will be a fascinating East Belgian Rally at all levels. The competition starts on Saturday 28 September at 9:00 AM in Sankt-Vith. After three loops of 4 tests, together covering 151 km, we will know if Kris Princen can celebrate his second consecutive Belgian title.