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Car change for Potty from the Ardeca Ypres Rally

The reigning Belgian rally champion abandons the Citroën C3 Rally2 to embrace the Yaris Rally2

The reigning Belgian champion, Maxime Potty, and his co-driver Renaud Herman have decided to change car and team for the upcoming Ardeca Ypres Rally, valid for the Belgian Rally Championship. The Citroën C3 Rally2, previously used by the PH Sport team, will be replaced by the Toyota Yaris GR Rally2 from the LifeLive team.

This decision marks a significant turning point in the career of the young Belgian driver, born in 1999, who has competed in seven rallies this year, achieving four podium finishes in the Belgian Championship, all second places. In addition to the Belgian Championship, Potty also participated in two rounds of the French Gravel Championship, with the best result being a tenth overall at the Rally Aleria in Corsica. Between late May and early June, Potty made his debut at the Rally Italia Sardegna, finishing the race in 49th overall position. It should be noted that this was his first participation in a gravel event in the WRC.

In recent hours, Potty has conducted a test session with the Toyota Yaris GR Rally2, including a comparative test with his trusted Citroën. Despite his familiarity with the Citroën, Potty has chosen to take on the challenge of competing with the Toyota, following the example of Freddy Loix, who will drive a new model from PTR.

In addition to Potty, Stéphane Lefebvre, the 2022 Belgian champion, had planned to compete with a Toyota Yaris GR. However, Lefebvre opted to run with a Hyundai i20 N Rally2, thus also changing the game in terms of vehicles. These strategic changes add further suspense to the upcoming Ardeca Ypres Rally, promising an event full of excitement and twists.