Guess who is planning on coming back to the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally later this year.
Belgian legend Paul Lietaer has put together an impressive programme of events for the 2020 season and Killarney is on list.
André Ollevier is the owner of CRACK Furniture in Ypres, close to Lietaer’s Flanders base.
He was one of Paul’s loyal sponsors during the early Opel Manta and Ford Escort Cosworth days 30 years ago.
André’s grandson, Aaron started rallying last year.
He contested two rallies as a co-driver alongside Lietaer before he acquired a Peugeot 208 R2 and started driving himself.He will contest the Belgian Rally Championship and WRC Germany this year.
This prompted Ollevier Sr to revive the famous CRACK Racing Team and as well as putting a deal together to support his grandson, he will also support Lietaer in a three-pronged attack on Belgian and international rallies.
The legendary Flemish pilot will use his Subaru Legacy on local Flanders events like Monteberg, The ORC Rally and Wervik.
He will also use a Citroen C3 R5 on Belgian international events like TAC Rally and Ypres Rally.
The third part of this deal is an international series of events in France and Ireland in his much-loved Opel Manta 400.
This deal includes the Rentokil Initial Killarney Historic Rally.
“During the annual meeting with André, the CRACK Racing team was discussed. I got the question if I wanted to drive some games within the team with an R5 car. Since I never rode an R5 car, I thought it was a great opportunity to taste it. CRACK has been a loyal sponsor since the late 80s and we experienced our high days in the team. I am very pleased that the team is being revived and we can still be there,” said Lietaer.
“Furthermore, we have a nice program with the Opel Manta and a new Subaru Legacy we are building. The Escort Cosworth is for sale. We’re looking forward to it.”
Paul Lietaer Programme 2020
*All rallies are in Belgium unless stated
Rallye du Route Nord – France Opel Manta 400
Rally of le Touquet France Opel Manta 400
Short rally Moorslede Subaru Legacy RS
TAC Rally Citroen C3 R5
Monteberg Subaru Legacy RS
ORC Rally Subaru Legacy RS
Rally of Wervik Citroen C3 R5
Renties Ypres Rally Citroen C3 R5
Rally of Staden Subaru Legacy RS
Omloop of Flanders Subaru Legacy RS
Hemicuda Rally Subaru Legacy RS
6 hours of Kortrijk Subaru Legacy RS
Killarney Historic Ireland Opel Manta 400