IRC: Interwetten Racing Belgium Ypres Rally preview

Interwetten Racing Team will face its most difficult challenge of the season so far at the "Ypres Rally" in Belgium at their third IRC-start All Franz Wittmann/ Bernhard Ettel can do is to try and continue their so far successful...

Interwetten Racing Team will face its most difficult challenge of the season so far at the "Ypres Rally" in Belgium at their third IRC-start

All Franz Wittmann/ Bernhard Ettel can do is to try and continue their so far successful learning process at this mere tarmac rally and thereby reach the top 15 in their Mitsubishi Evo IX

The competition is overwhelming, for no less than 20 much more powerful S 2000 car will be taking part as well as three Mitsubishi Evo X

The "Ypres Rally" in Belgium from June 18 to 19, 2009 as part of the "International Rally Challenge (IRC)", will pose the most difficult challenge so far in this season for Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX. The two Austrians who had already impressed with an immaculate performace until their retirement at their debut in Monte Carlo on snow, even improved at the "SATA Azores Rally" on gravel and reached an excellent sixth overall place. This also meant the first points scored, both for the driver and the manufacturer.

But new cards will be dealt at the Ypres Rally in Belgium. There won't be snow nor gravel where the drivers prowess is much more asked for - but merely tarmac stages where horse power prominently comes into play. No less than 20 decisively more powerful cars named S 2000 will be competing in addition to three Mitsubishi Evo X, which also possess considerably more horse power than the Evo IX of Franz Wittmann/Bernhard Ettel.

"I am, of course, aware of this. We knew all that when we entered for Belgium. There the stages consist mostly of long straights followed by short turns, which means clear-cut HP-courses. But my goal this year is to simply gather experience there and to get to know the stages in order fo be best prepared for next year. I still and obviously will give my all - but our priority in this case will be to cross the finishing line. If it should actually turn out to be a top 15 result in the end in the overall outcome one would have to be highly satisfied given the superior competition", declared Wittmann prior to his departure for Belgium.

-credit: interwetten-racing.com

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