The Rally van Haspengouw field is taking shape (BRC)

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The 21st edition of the Rally van Haspengouw is now fast approaching. The entries will close at the end of the week and the registrations are coming quickly. Even if the list will be completed in the coming days, the headliner of the event is already assured since at least 3 Skoda Fabia R5s to compete for the victory. After Vincent Verschueren, Kris Princen has committed to the BMA Team. He will obviously be the man to beat. But C├ędric Cherain is determined to show once again what he is capable of.

“I am happy to have reached an agreement with Filip Cuvelier, with whom I played the Barum Rally in 2016,” said the Liege. “I wanted to ride this year in Skoda Fabia because I think it’s still the best R5 on the market, we were able to set up a program of 6 rallies to aim for the title 2018. The car will be lined up by the Italian team HK Racing , which is a parallel branch of the D-Max team The Rally van Haspengouw is an event that I know well since I have been a regular participant since 2013. I think I can get a good result. ”

An additional Fabia R5 should be in the hands of a regional driver who will make a remarkable return: Steve Matterne has often shown beautiful things in Hesbaye (and elsewhere) driving various Mitsubishi Lancer. He will also line up on a car hatched by BMA.

If BMA will be present in force, the local team Guy Colsoul Rallysport will also be well represented. Steve Vanbellingen is the first to have signed up for a Landen-made Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, but Jimmy D’Hondt, Marc Streel and Eddy Vandevelde should follow suit.

If everyone is happy to see Patrick Snijers at the start of a Porsche GT3, he will probably not have the easy part in this category since Chris Debyser announced that he will be part of a similar car with Gunther Monnens at wheel. That promises!

The category Historic will not be left behind. Paul Lietaer has revealed in recent days that he plans to compete in the entire Opel Manta 400 championship with which he won the national title in 1988. One of his main opponents will certainly be Guino Kenis who will be lining up on a BMW M3 E30 .

First round of the Belgian Rally Championship (BRC), the Rally van Haspengouw will take place on 23 and 24 February from Landen (Domein ‘t Park, Hannuitsesteenweg). The race itself is scheduled on Saturday 24th from 8am to 7pm on 3 special 4 loops. More information on www.rallyvanhaspengouw.be.


From PR material. Originally in French, translated by Google