The Tour de Belgique, which was ran from 1948 to 1974, has always been an atypical round of the Belgian and European rallies calendar. Indeed this race was made of road tests to scratch (special stages), races on circuits and penalizing road tests.
This rally will be reorganized in the same spirit but with a major difference : the speed trial will be replaced by tests and regularity stages, like most of the current historical rallies
This last characteristic is also fundamental in the scheme of an eco-rally : for historical races, the regularity stages are the major items for the classification.
This road event will be made up :
- Regularity test sections on open road with a maximum average speed of 50 km/h;
- Regularity tests on circuits with a maximum average speed of 70 km/h;
- Road tests with an hourly average to keep (legal maximum of 50 km/h) (sections of time control to time control).
Following two editions where the modern cars were exclusively represented by these “New Energy” cars, this year DG Sport is evolving the Tour de Belgique concept, which now becomes “New Technology”, that is to say open to all of the most modern vehicles equipped with the latest technology making them far cleaner and less energy greedy. As such spectators will have the opportunity on one same course to admire the greatest cars of yesteryears and today’s most modern machines, in other words enough to bring together all the generations of car enthusiasts!
The participating vehicles at the Tour de Belgique New Technology must strictly comply with the following criteria :
- vehicles of category VII as defined by the Regulations of the FIA of the Alternative Energies Cup : hybrid electric vehicles ;
- vehicles of category VIII as defined by the Regulations of the FIA of the Alternative Energies Cup, limited by the Specific Regulations of the Tour de Belgique New Energy to vehicles running on CNG (clean fossil fuel) ;
- vehicles that are less than five years old ;
- vehicles that meet the PVA, which implies that no specific preparation is allowed.
Course of the race and summary of the tour :
01/06/2016 : opening of the registrations
15/09/2016 : closing of the registrations and the preferential fee (individuals)
08/11/2016 : closing of the registrations
- scrutineering at the RACB centre of Nivelles and first event at the site.
- As from 17.00hrs: display of the participating vehicles on the Grande Place of Nivelles and
- As from 19.00hrs: official start. Course depending on the categories to re-join Dinant.
19/11/2016 : Dinant – Durbuy (calling in on the circuit of Mettet, as also the Houyet and the Lesse hillclimbs).
20/11/2016 : Bomal sur Ourthe – Circuit of Francorchamps and finish at the end of the afternoon.
The road book will be made by the dot-arrow system with indication of distance (tulip roadbook). The route is laid out on public roads (no dirt roads) of good quality. Particular attention was paid to moments of rest in the middle stages.