The 2021 Rally Belgium (also known as Renties Ypress Rally Belgium) is a motor racing event for rally cars, scheduled for August 13-25. It will mark the 56th running of Ypress Rally and the eighth round of the 2021 World Rally Championship.
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2021 WRC Renties Ypres Rally Belgium
- When: August 13-25
- Where: West Flanders, Belgium
Asphalt Works In Favour Of Hyundai
The race will take place in West Flanders, the westmost province of the Flemish region, as the only coastal Belgium province in the country. The area is relatively flat, known for its polder landscape, with smaller hills in the south, namely the Kemmeiberg (159 m (522 ft)), as the highest point of West Flanders.
The drivers will compete on asphalt roads, which should benefit current no.5 on the 2021 World Rally Championship standings, Ott Tänak. The Estonian rally driver heads to Belgium following a streak of disappointing results, looking for a way to bounce back and get back into the race for the title.
Tänak had a poor opening half of the season, as he was forced to retire his car in Portugal and Italy with a shattered suspension. His teammate, Thierry Neuville, has had a similar thing happen to him in Kenya, where Tänak claimed his first podium finish since Finland.
Hyundai bounced back at Rally Estonia in July, with a double podium thanks to Craig Breen and Neuville; however, Tänak was again forced to retire after he was trying to make back the time a front-right puncture cost him in the second stage.
It was an unfortunate ending to the race for the 2019 World Rally Champion; however, an ending that should add motivation as he looks to claim his second win in Belgium.
Preparation Is the Key
Gus Greensmith arrives in Belgium with confidence even though he has only started three events in a World Rally Car. At Safari Rally Kenya, the Englishman finished in fourth, marking his best placement on the season, followed by fifth in Portugal and seventh in Croatia.
“I have no idea of what to expect at all for Ypres,” said Greensmith.
“I’ve never done it, never competed in Belgium – so it’s all new.”
Even though Greensmith has never raced in Belgium, he can count on his co-driver’s (Chris Patterson) wife to help him get in touch with local people, who will help him gain valuable information about the track.
Knowing that he has no experience driving in Belgium, Greensmith is ready to take on the grueling task of analyzing previous races to gain crucial information about how to attack the race.
Whether that will help him get up to par with the main favorites is anyone’s guess. However, Greensmith’s form, combined with his determination to do well next week, makes him a live outsider to upset the field.
Ogier Eyeing His Fifth Win
Sébastien Ogier travels to Belgium as the man to beat. The Frenchman has already won four races on the season (Monte Carlo, Croatia, Italy, and Kenya) and is the current leader with 148 points. Thanks to his phenomenal performances, Ogier head to Belgium with a 37-point lead ahead of Elfyn Evans in second and 52 ahead of the crowd’s favorite, Thierry Neuville in third.
Ogier needs no special introduction to Rally fans. He is the second-winningest driver in the history of the World Rally Championship, having won seven titles across the last eight years, which includes six consecutive in 2013-2018.
Obviously, Ogier will head to Belgium as the main favorite to add his fifth win of the season and cement his spot atop the standings. You can never go wrong with betting on Ogier to win any race, but it makes more sense to look for value elsewhere at the offered betting odds.