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IRC - Geko Ypres Rally
The 2014 rallying season went off to a promising start. Ice master Robert Kubica took victory in the Austrian Jänner Rally, while reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier kicked off his campaign in style at the Monte Carlo rally. The heroes of the European Rally Championship will be in action at the Geko Ypres Rally from 19 till 21 June. For the 50th anniversary edition of this Belgian round of the championship, organizers have prepared one of their most challenging routes ever.
When19 - 21 June 2014 (3 days) 
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WhereBELGIUM 
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"We wanted to make our 50th edition very special and attractive, both for drivers and fans," explains Rally Manager Alain Penasse."We have opted for a compact rally with 20 special stages totaling 325 kilometers. On a total distance of 610 kilometers, 53% of the rally will be run against the clock, something participants will like as it makes for a high-paced event."

 

Full details on the 2014 itinerary can be found in Rallyguide 1, available for download from our website www.ypresrally.com. Just like last year, the 50th edition of the Geko Ypres Rally will be an international event, with at least one special stage across the French border.

 

Celebrating five decades of rallying is more than just looking back for rally organizers. To the contrary, for many young drivers the ERC events present the ideal stage to showcase their talent, something that was recently echoed by former world champion Marcus Grönholm at the Jänner: "Many world championship drivers have earned their marks in the European Championship and used it as a stepping stone to an international career."

 

 

The Geko Ypres Rally is one of seven rallies of the new Junior Championship witin the ERC. Participants have to be younger than 25, line up an R2 car, and can bring in the best four results. No less than 15 drivers, from 10 different countries, have registered for the first round: Fabrizio Andolfi (IT), Jan Cerny (CZ), Andrea Crugnola (IT), Marijan Griebel (DE), Risto Immonen (FIN), Chris Ingram (UK), Petter Kristiansen (N), Jean-Mathieu Leandri (F), Stéphane Lefebvre (F), Mattias Olsson (SE), Tomas Pospisilik (CZ), Steve Rokland (N), Florin Tinescu (RO), Kevin van Deijne (NL) and Aleks Zawada (UK). They can of course expect tough opposition from Belgium's young guns at the Geko Ypres Rally!

 

"To help tomorrow's top drivers we want to do something extra," continues Alain Penasse. "The entry fee for participants to the FIA ERC Junior Championship has been capped at 1.000 euro, as long as they have participated in at least one round of the Junior Championship before Ypres."

 

One thing for sure: the Geko Ypres Rally is gearing up for a memorable 50th edition!