Craig Breen and Paul Nagle will return to the scene of one of their most-famous victories at this weekend’s Ypres Rally Belgium.
The rally has been promoted into the World Rally Championship’s schedule for the first time this year.
The Waterford/Killarney crew will drive a third Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC in the three-day event that gets underway on Friday afternoon (August 13).
The last time the rally ran, as a Belgian Rally Championship round in 2019, the Irish team ran out convincing winners in a privately entered Volkswagen Polo. It was Nagle’s second win in one of the biggest rallies in Europe. He previously guided Kris Meeke to victory there in 2009.
Championship rules dictate that they will run eighth on the road, their current World Championship standing’s position.
However, their road position will not carry the same advantage on the asphalt roads of Belgium as it would on gravel.
The leading cars will cut corners and drag earth and dust on to the racing line. If it rains during the event, these corners will very quickly turn to mud.
“You can add two seconds a kilometre to a stage time in the wet,” said Nagle.
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