66 crews registered for Rally van Haspengouw


Many contenders for the final victory in the first round of the Belgian Rally Championship

The start is practically imminent in Sint-Truiden, where this weekend the 26th Rally van Haspengouw will kick off, the first event of the Belgian Rally Championship. The competition will see 66 crews compete on a route consisting of twelve special stages, for a total of almost 140 timed kilometers.

Among the protagonists vying for the final victory, names like Maxime Potty, Niels Reynvoet, and Vincent Verschueren stand out, who will start with the Citroen C3 Rally2. Another prominent presence is that of Jos Verstappen, father of Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen, who will race with a Skoda Fabia RS Rally2. Meanwhile, Cédric Cherain and Bastien Rouard will start with two Hyundai i20 Rally2 cars.

An interesting addition is Tom Boonen, former professional cyclist, who after a 2023 apprenticeship in rallying will join the BRC fray with a Skoda Fabia RS Rally2 from Autoclub Excelsior.

The competition promises exciting challenges also in the “historic” categories and in the 2WD Trophy. Among the historic cars, all eyes are on Dirk Deveux with the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and on the Frenchman Olivier Breittmayer with the BMW M3. In the 2WD Trophy, defending champion Christiaan Spelmans will seek to defend the title won last year aboard a Renault Clio RS.

The rally route includes four special stages to be repeated three times. It will start with the 9.22-kilometer Boekhout stage, followed by the rally’s longest stage, the 13.19-kilometer Gelmen. The rally will continue with the 12.41-kilometer Halle-Booienhieven stage and conclude with the 10.96-kilometer Gingelom special stage.