BELGIAN RALLY : Circuit of Ardennes

Patrick HAYOT Thus March 27 1997

BELGIAN RALLY : Circuit of Ardennes

Second round of this year's Belgian International Championship, the 47th Circuit of Ardennes promise to be a fierce struggle for the victory. King of this rally, Snijers is ready to run with his new Escort WRC. The baptism of this version was maked by Gregoire de Mevius at Spa where he finished third. In absence of this one (fourth at Rally of Portugal) and the Toyota's Boys Loix (second at Portugal) and Verreydt, Patrick Snijers is abble to win for the tenth more ! But the opposition can come of Dutchs De Jong, Stacey (winner at RTS Rally), Van den Hoorn and Vossen or Belgians Verhoestraete and Broekaert (n° 15). All run on Ford Escort Except Verhoestraete (Sierra). But we don't too forget one of the most outsider : Bernard Munster. After his Spas accident, is he ready to make a choice preformance. We hope ! The Renault's driver can prove he must a real lead for the Belgian title.

But in his group, the F2, the threat shall be come of Dominique Bruyneel or the Danish Brink (Peugeot 306 Maxi n° 18 and 17) while VandeWaure is in a waiting position for his last race with his Peugeot 106 Maxi. In one month, he shall run with the new 106 Maxi Kit Car. The Polish Renault's driver Koopal must be watch ofer (Clio Maxi).

Kurt Heckters must confirm in gr. N, his victory at Spa. But the official Mistubishi's driver must be better than Van Woensel (Lancer E3) or make attention at Delplace and his Subaru Impreza 555.