Entry list opened
We now have exactly one month and a half to go to the Geko Ypres Rally 2010. On 25 and 26 June, and even a few days earlier, the City of Cats and its surrounding villages will again live to the rhythm of the roaring engines of the cars that participate in the European and Belgian Rally Championship, and the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

For teams and drivers, time has come to get their act together for the great Belgian meeting. The organisers have done everything to accommodate for the top teams and the fans who should come in even larger numbers than in the previous years.

The drivers can now really start the ball rolling as the entry list is now open. Entry fees will remain unchanged from the 2008 and 2009 editions and participants to the promotion cups will even get a discount. The entry forms are, as usual, available on the website www.ypresrally.com, under the heading "Competitors".

The entry list will close on the 11th of June at 24h00, i.e. two days earlier than usual. We would not recommend to wait until this 'fatal date' as only 90 entries will be allowed this year !

Hotel reservations can also be made via the website. We would recommend that all teams put their requirements forward as early as possible if they want to stay as close as possible to the service area.

Meanwhile the Regulations, which contains all the necessary information about the race for fans and competitors, has been made available on the rally website, www.ypresrally.com, where you will find it under the heading "Competitors/Documents". The start of the race will be on the Ypres market place at 16h00 on Friday 25/6. The competitors will take on 2 legs of 3 stages. After a good night's sleep, the drivers will set off again at 10h20 on Saturday morning for 13 stages which will be spread over two legs. The drivers will drive six stages twice during the day plus a show stage, called Lille-Métropole, which will only be driven once in the town of Wasquehal. The first car should reach the finish by 22h40 on Saturday night, 26/6, at which time we will expect a large crowd to gather at the foot of the podium to celebrate the winners of this 46th Geko Ypres Rally.

"Bringing this time-table together was not an easy feat," explains Alain Penasse, the rally manager. "Key reason was that we wanted to get the competitors of the Ypres Historic Rally powered by ConXioN back on the podium on the Ypres market place and be finished before 23h."

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