Rovanpera heads to Belgium with a commanding 94-point lead over nearest rival Ott Tanak, after ending second behind the Hyundai driver at Rally Finland two weeks in the past, which lifted the 2019 world champion into second within the drivers’ standings.
Nonetheless, if Rovanpera is to change into the youngest ever world rally champion in Belgium he might want to win the rally and for the Hyundai pair of Tanak and scorching rally favorite Thierry Neuville to hit hassle.
If Rovanpera can prolong his championship result in 121 factors, the 21-year-old will safe the championship with 4 rounds remaining.
For instance, ought to Rovanpera win the rally and the ability stage, he would wish Tanak to complete ninth general and fifth on the ability stage, whereas Neuville, who’s some extent behind Tanak within the championship, must end eighth and fifth on the ability stage.
Rovanpera completed final 12 months’s Ypres Rally in third, some 43.1s behind eventual winner Neuville. Rovanpera has nevertheless already loved success on tarmac this 12 months with victory at Rally Croatia in April.
Neuville is anticipated to steer the operating on native roads he has conquered twice earlier than in 2018 and 2021. Breen is tipped to steer M-Sport’s cost having gained the occasion in 2019 earlier than ending second behind Neuville, whereas driving for Hyundai final 12 months.
Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
Picture by: McKlein / Motorsport Images
What’s Rally Belgium?
Ypres Rally Belgium has change into a revered European tarmac rally steeped in historical past since its inaugural occasion in 1965.
The rally includes quick, slender and twisty asphalt nation roads punctuated by tight junctions which are lined by treacherous drainage ditches.
The occasion has change into a mainstay within the European Rally Championship, whereas additionally changing into a fixture within the Belgian and British nationwide championships, and the now defunct Intercontinental Rally Problem.
Final 12 months the rally joined the WRC for the primary time with the spherical appearing as a alternative for Rally Northern Eire, after organisers had been unable to safe the required funding.
Rally Belgium winners
Ypres Rally Belgium has been dominated by native drivers through the years with 39 of the 56 editions being gained by a Belgian driver.
Former manufacturing unit WRC driver Freddy Loix has been probably the most prolific, scoring a file 11 wins (1996-1999, 2008, 2010-2011, 2013-2016).
Earlier winners embody two-time world champion Walter Rohrl in 1976 and the late Henri Toivonen (1984). Jimmy McRae, Tony Pond and Kris Meeke are among the many Brits to take pleasure in success, whereas Eire’s Craig Breen triumphed in 2019.
Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville has gained the rally twice together with his final win in 2021, arriving on the occasion’s full WRC debut.
Kalle Rovanperä, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
Picture by: Toyota Racing
Rally Belgium itinerary
This 12 months’s version can be contested over 20 phases, comprising 281.58km throughout three days of aggressive motion.
Thursday 18 August
Shakedown – begins 1501 BST – 1601 native
Friday 19 August (eight phases – 97.02km)
Stage 1 – Stage eight – begins 0916 BST – 1016 native
Saturday 20 August (eight phases – 133.22km)
Stage 9 – Stage 16 – begins 0913 BST – 1013 native
Sunday 21 August (four phases – 43.92km)
Stage 17 – Stage 20 – Remaining stage begins 1218 BST – 1318 native
Rally Belgium Entry Listing (Rally1) – Street order
Rally Belgium will characteristic 88 entries headlined by 10 Rally1 automobiles.
#69 Kalle Rovanpera/Jonne Halttunen – Toyota Gazoo Racing – GR Yaris Rally1
#eight Ott Tanak/Martin Jarveoja – Hyundai Motorsport – i20 N Rally1
#11 Thierry Neuville/Martijn Wydaeghe – Hyundai Motorsport – i20 N Rally1
#33 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin – Toyota Gazoo Racing – GR Yaris Rally1
#18 Takamoto Katsuta/Aaron Johnston – Toyota Gazoo Racing – GR Yaris Rally1
#42 Craig Breen/Paul Nagle – M-Sport Ford World Rally Staff – Puma Rally1
#four Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm- Toyota Gazoo Racing – GR Yaris Rally1
#44 Gus Greensmith/Jonas Andersson – M-Sport Ford World Rally Staff – Puma Rally1
#2 Oliver Solberg/Elliott Edmondson – Hyundai Motorsport – i20 N Rally1
#16 Adrien Fourmaux/Alexandre Coria – M-Sport Ford World Rally Staff – Puma Rally1
The sphere additionally contains four-time world champion Juha Kankkunen, who will pilot a hydrogen powered GR Yaris on one stage throughout every competitors day.
Former System 1 driver Jos Verstappen is ready to make his WRC debut, competing in a Rally2 specification Citroen C3.
Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
Picture by: Austral / Hyundai Motorsport
What’s new for WRC in 2022?
This 12 months sis the introduction of recent Rally1 laws designed to maneuver the WRC into a way more sustainable future and to draw new producers. They’ve resulted in Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport Ford designing and constructing all-new automobiles round a brand new safer, metal spaceframe chassis.
The largest change to the automobiles is the introduction of a compulsory 100kW hybrid unit coupled to the 1.6-litre turbocharged inside combustion engine, the one key element carried over from the earlier era of automobiles. In tandem, this may enable the powertrain to develop 500bhp for use in brief bursts throughout each stage.
Automobiles can be up 70kg heavier than their predecessors, that is primarily because of the addition of the hybrid system. In complete, Rally1 machines will weigh in at roughly 1260kg.
The brand new laws have successfully abolished further aerodynamic gadgets equivalent to wings and flicks being added to the bodywork exterior of the entrance splitter and rear wing. The general downforce created and its impact on the automobile has been lowered by roughly 15% in comparison with the earlier era of car.
Trick centre differentials used to nice tune dealing with are actually banned in favour of a less complicated entrance and rear mechanical limited-slip differentials providing a hard and fast 50:50 toque cut up between the entrance and rear wheels. Suspension journey has been lowered to 270mm.
How does the Rally1 hybrid system work?
Drivers can have the use hybrid energy throughout each stage, with energy boosts activated by the throttle pedal, whereas additional boosts can be unlocked by vitality regeneration underneath braking throughout phases.
Pilots can be required to regenerate 30 kilojoules of vitality earlier than one other increase is granted that can be used the following time they contact the throttle pedal.
The additional 130 horsepower is delivered by using three bespoke homologated engine maps chosen by groups, relying on the kind of stage and situations.
Decided by the FIA and occasion organisers, drivers can be required to navigate elements of street sections and round occasion service parks in full electrical mode.
In full electrical mode the automobile has a spread of 20km, whereas its three.9KWH battery, working as much as 750 volts, might be plugged in and recharged within the service park inside 30 minutes. The hybrid unit can stand up to an impression of 70G.
The automobiles are powered by a 100% sustainable gasoline.
Gus Greensmith, Chris Patterson, M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC
Picture by: M-Sport
How can I comply with Rally Belgium?
Autosport/Motorsport.com can be offering reviews, interviews and response.
Motorsport.tv can even have common highlights each throughout and after every WRC spherical in 2022.
WRC Plus All Reside will present reside protection from each stage.
BT Sport will reside motion and supply every day highlights reveals from each occasion this season.
Free to air tv UK
ITV4 will broadcast highlights on Tuesday 23 August.
Podium: Winner Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, second place Craig Breen, Paul Nagle, Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, third place Kalle Rovanperä, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
Picture by: McKlein / Motorsport Images