The Geko Ypres Rally and Eurosport Events, the promoter of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, announced recently that they have entered into a new agreement to ensure that the event will be part of the IRC for at least three more years.
The Geko Ypres Rally has been a key member of the IRC family since the pilot series back in 2006 and following the launch of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge in 2007.
The asphalt event, which is well known for its challenging roads and incredible atmosphere, can each year count on a star-studded entry and a huge number of spectators.
The extension of the long-term partnership until 2013 apparently offers 'several mutual benefits' and will ensure that both the Geko Ypres Rally and the IRC will continue their 'successful collaboration and development'.
“Since 2006 we witnessed closely the growing success of the IRC series as our rally was part of the original pilot series,” said Alain Penasse, Geko Ypres rally manager. “We have put in place a highly successful co-operation in the meantime.
“The last edition of the rally in June of this year achieved extensive TV coverage all over the world and we have noticed an extremely large amount of rally fans on our stages. We are convinced that we will bring another dimension in 2011.”
“The Geko Ypres Rally has been a key partner in the history of the IRC and we are delighted to extend our close relationship for another three years,” added Marcello Lotti, IRC general manager.
“Like the IRC, the Ypres Rally is innovative and exciting and aims to bring rallying closer to the public. Its location in Belgium means it's accessible to fans and teams from all across Europe while the unique atmosphere generated by the service park being in the town's main square creates a spectacular show in keeping with the spirit of the IRC. Thanks to the enthusiasm and professionalism of the organisers, the Ypres Rally represents one of the highlights of the IRC season.”
The 2011 Geko Ypres Rally will count as round five of next season's 12-event IRC and will run from 23-25 June.