Eifel Rallye Festival 2020 - The first guests announce themselves
Manufacturer World Champion Hyundai comes to Daun
Tradition celebrates forty years of the Quattro in the Volcanic
for entries opens on March 1st, 2020
ten years now, the Eifel Rallye Festival has been presenting the
history of rallying - live, original and above all close up. The
jubilee event that will run from July 23rd to the 25th 2020 in the
Volcanic Eifel area around Daun promises to be an absolute cracker.
Already before the opening of the entry list in March there are many
requests to participate. "In order to allow a large variety of
vehicles, we have to pay even closer attention this year to only
allow a limited number of individual models. We want the fans to be
presented with as broad a spectrum of contemporary witnesses from
fifty years of rally history as possible", explains Reinhard
Klein, the man who is responsible for selecting the starting grid.
guests at the anniversary
Over the past nine years, the Eifel Rallye Festival has repeatedly
attracted top-class guests to Daun. For this tenth anniversary, two
absolute top-class attractions have announced their intention to
attend early on. These alone would make a journey to the Eifel in
July worthwhile. After a successful season in 2019, Hyundai
Motorsport have agreed to come to the anniversary Festival. The
reigning Manufacturer World Champions will bring an i20 Coupé WRC,
though who will drive the i20 from their WRC squad has not yet been
decided. But no matter who is chosen to drive, it will be a feast
for the eyes and ears of the fans.
Tradition has in the past provided some highlights for the Eifel
Rallye Festival. For example, the world premiere of their Group S
prototype in 2016 and the impressive performance of their original
Pikes Peak winning car in 2018 were both a big focus of interest for
the fans. This year, the Quattro is celebrating its fortieth
birthday, which is reason enough for the Ingolstadt team to bring
some of their classic rally cars to the Eifel. Which cars will come
and with which drivers remains a secret, but no matter how, a roll
of thunder in the Eifel is guaranteed. Reinhard Klein knows more
details, but only gives us one piece of information, "Our
friend Stig Blomqvist will be coming to us again this year. And we
are in discussion with other world-famous drivers and the owners of
absolute top rally cars. But we are keeping it the same as always.
We will not announce that they are coming until it is really certain."
This leaves the fans with a few exciting months to wait until the
entire starting field can be presented.
'troublemakers' will be even more spectacular and diverse
The pre-car field is to be upgraded for the anniversary. These are
vehicles that do not meet the strict criteria of originality to
allow them to run in the main field and they drive through the
demonstration stages before the main field. They compensate for
their status by serving as an incandescent opening for each stage by
displaying a driving style that is absolutely worth seeing. Jürgen
Lenarz, the man in the organisation team who is responsible for the
composition of the 'troublemakers', says, "I could easily more
than double the number of participants but there is a maximum of
twenty starting positions available. Here too, we want to offer the
fans another highlight for the anniversary with, if possible, even
more spectacular and diverse cars. This will not make the selection
of the participants easy".
Rally Mile - every centimetre counts.
There are problems, but they are not really problems, because it is
always a challenge to overcome them. One of the biggest difficulties
for the Eifel Rallye Festival is the limited capacity of the open
areas in the city centre of Daun where rally cars are parked and
serviced. It is that restriction which only allows a maximum number
of participants in the event. But the places for rally cars are
often restricted by large service vans and trucks. This year, the
organizing MSC Daun is offering a new solution. "We have
separated the entry fee for the rally cars and their service van.
This way two or more teams can save money if they share a service
vehicle. Hopefully, this will give us the big advantage of creating
an additional space for one or two more jewels from rally history",
explains Otmar Anschütz who is Chairman of the MSC and organising
director of the whole event. Anschütz and his team have another
'problem' under control which is the efficient use of every square
centimetre in the Rally Mile. The excellent liaison that exists with
the residents and tradespeople in the street makes it possible to
transform the entire city centre into a Rally Mile every year.
"In particular, the catering businesses are very impressed by
our Festival and some say it is the weekend with their highest
turnover of the year", explains Anschütz. "There are even
restaurateurs who are building a terrace especially for the Festival
Ticket sales do not start until the end of March. Until then, we
kindly ask you to refrain from asking.
current information can be found on: www.eifel-rallye-festival.de
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