The Clio Trophy Belgium kicked off with a bang this weekend while Clio Rally4 and Clio Rally5 continued their winning streak across Europe.

Clio Trophy Belgium

Thirteen crews lined up for a new event, the South Belgian Rally, kicking off the Clio Trophy Belgium and Belgian Rally Championship.

On the roads around Vresse-sur-Semois, Tom Rensonnet was quickest before Benoît Verlinde picked up his pace. The duel intensified when the former leader regained his advantage in the next timed sector to finish the first loop with a two-second lead. Third and fastest on the Power Stage (SS4), Corentin Dozot took the lead on SS5 before Benoît Verlinde immediately responded and Tom Rensonnet retired. Benoît Verlinde gradually widened the gap to his closest rival and then controlled his pace to seal the victory.

Victorious both in the general classification and in the Junior category, the crew of Benoît Verlinde and Anton Dupan went on for a 15.5s margin of victory over Corentin Dozot & Kévin Dejonge. Gilles Pyck & Émile Mourisse finished third at 54.5s. Stéphane Delmelle & Denis Gaspard and Pierre-Emmanuel Brasseur & Marc Sevrin, who became more competitive as the rally went on, completed the top five.

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Next round: WRC Renties Ypres Rally Belgium (13-15 August)

Elsewhere

Two weeks after its first victory with Anthony Fotia, Clio Rally4 scored the second win of its career with Jorge Cagiao and Amelia Blanco taking top honours in the two-wheel-drive category on Rallye Cidade de Narón. In this same event of the Spanish Tarmac Rally Cup, the Clio Rally5 of Daniel Castro and Sergio Martínez won in their category as did Sebastián and Adrián Gil on Rallysprint Era del Cardón.

Meanwhile, Denmark’s Jan Jørgensen and Jacob Bak continued their fine run with a fourth consecutive victory in the Danish Rally Championship at the Sydjysk Rally - Korskro. In Germany, Tim Wacker and Chioma Monix scored their second win with Clio Rally5 on the Birkenfelder ADAC Löwenrallye. Lastly, Matjaž Mihevc and Klemen Rončel won the Vipavska dolina Rally in Slovenia while Davide Cagni and Daniele Benedetti did the same on the San Marino Rally, just like Frenchmen Jean Jouines and Julien Antona on two French Rally Cup events.

Coming up

This week, the Clio Trophy France Terre will make its much-anticipated debut on Rallye Castine Terre d’Occitanie (2-4 July) as nine crews will battle within the French Gravel Rally Championship opening round.

Another trophy will take centre stage with round two of the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT on Rally Liepāja (1-3 July), where Argentina’s Paulo Soria will look to extend his lead. On the same special stages, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi and Ola Jr Nore will also aim for victory in the FIA ERC3 Junior in the second event of their Clio Rally4 campaign.

Photos 1 & 2: Clio Trophy Belgium / Jonathan Godin
Photo 3: Bruno Penas
Photo 4: Allan Post

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