For more than half a decade, the Boucles de Spa is one of Belgium’s most important rallies. To go back in time we have to take a look at the year 1953, the first year of this legendary event. Big international names such as Stig Blomqvist, Tony Pond and Björn Waldegard claimed victory in the past.
In 2006 the event transformed into the Legend Boucles de Spa, in fact a regularity test for rally cars from the seventies and eighties, divided into two different categories. Historic rally cars can compete in the Legend category, Youngtimers (non rally cars) compete in the Classic category.
From 2006 the event started to grow by the year and nowadays it is one of Belgium’s crowd pullers, also attracting drivers and visitors from France, Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and from time to time drivers from Scandinavia.
For the first time in thirty years, the organisation of the event, lead by Pierre Delettre decided to plan two regularity tests in the Bastogne area.
Bastogne is a Walloon municipality of Belgium in the province of Luxembourg, situated in the beautiful Ardennes region. During the 2nd World War, Bastogne was attacked by the German army in the so-called Battle of the Bulge.
Usually the region is treated with snow but unfortunately, this edition of the Legend Boucles de Spa, the larger part of the event took place in snow free conditions. However, the 225 participants had to deal with hazardous moisture conditions.
Former World Rally Championship driver Francois Duval claimed his second consecutive victory but the Belgian driver had to fight for it until the very last regularity test.
Fellow country man Gregoire de Mevius followed him in striking distance, but had to settle for second place. VIP guest driver Alister McRae, nowadays living in Australia, and brother of the late Colin McRae had to cope with problems from the very start. In the end he managed a seventh place in the Legend category.
Several favorite drivers had to settle with technical problems resulting in an early retirement.
Bruno Thiry, one of the former winners of the event entered this edition in a great sounding Alfa Romeo GTV6 but had to retire due to a gear box problem.
Patrick Snijers, multiple winner of the event and multiple Belgian champion, crashed and was slightly injured.
Dutchman Kevin Abbring crashed heavily, destroying an electricity pole. Due to this crash, the Regularity Test had to be cancelled. Abbring and his navigator, Wolf-Dieter Ihle could leave their destroyed VW Golf GTI 16V unhurt.
After a hard fought battle between Francois Duval and Gregoire de Mevius it was Duval claiming his second consecutive victory in and around the beautiful Ardennes region.
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