The organisers of the Geko Ypres Rally announced the route for the event this week, promising that it will be one of the 'most challenging ever'.

The Belgian round celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and just like in 2013, it will be an international affair, with at least one special stage across the French border. It will run from June 19-21 and was originally scheduled to be the seventh round in the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, prior to confirmation the Sibiu Rally Romania has been postponed amid safety concerns [see separate story - HERE]. It will now act as round six.

"We wanted to make our 50th edition very special and attractive, both for drivers and fans," explained rally manager Alain Penasse.

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"We have opted for a compact rally with 20 special stages totalling 325 kilometres. On a total distance of 610 kilometres, 53 per cent of the rally will be run against the clock, something participants will like as it makes for a high-paced event."