The Ostbelgien Classic 2021 will also involve Spa- Francorchamps by Night!
After a successful first edition of the Göhltal Classic, Michael Bartholemy and the entire ‘The Event’ team have already switched to Ostbelgien Classic mode! From Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December, the regularity event for vintage cars based in Eupen will be held for the second time, especially as many teams among the references of the discipline have already assured the organisation of their presence, such as Reuter-Vandevorst, Deflandre-Deflandre, Decremer-Albert, Van Rompuy-Smeets, Berteloot-Gengoux, Martens-Pyck, Evrard-Bernard, Baugnée-Remion, Blaise-Lienne, Vanderspinnen-Vanoverschelde, etc.
Spa-Francorchamps by night !
Among the novelties of year 2 of the Ostbelgien Classic, there will definitely be a … night drive on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which will be the setting for a more prestigious regularity test than ever before! “The visit to the most beautiful circuit in the world was very popular during the first edition in 2019,” explains Michael Bartholemy. “In order to avoid a simple copy-paste, we decided, in consultation with the management of the Circuit, to go there already on Friday evening. This will no doubt remind some people of the Boucles de Spa spectacle, cherished by the Delettre family. By facing this monument in the dark, the contestants will ride in the footsteps of their prestigious elders. We know that in December the weather is full of surprises, which means that the ranking could already take a sharp turn in the first stage!”
Let’s remember that, as from its second edition, the Ostbelgien Classic has obtained the status of Qualifying Event in view of organising the FIA Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies 2022 final. This already says a lot about the organisation’s seriousness and the reputation of the event that highlights East Belgium…
Competition… but far less stress!
However, let there be no mistake, although the Ostbelgien Classic has already found its place among the major events of the regularity scene in Belgium, the event is not exclusively aimed at an informed public.
“By creating the Ostbelgien Classic Light, we wanted to do everything possible to ensure that all contestants get the chance to compete”, Michael Bartholemy continues. “For those who are new to regularity events, or who don’t have the ambition to achieve a top result, it isn’t easy to compete against the best in the discipline. By entering the ‘Light’ category, they will follow the same route at a maximum speed of 45 km/h, with regularity tests and time controls, a marked course, some maps and tests on closed roads and private land. In short, a programme similar to that of the experts… but considerably more accessible, so as to avoid recurring headaches.”
Whatever the category, starting from the centre of Eupen on Friday, 3rd of December at 2.30 pm and finishing on Sunday, 5th of December at 5 pm, the Ostbelgien Classic 2021 promises to be a thrilling event…