The story of the rebirth of the Tour de Belgique went through an unusual discovery: the road-book of the Tour de Belgique 1973 on a stand in an auto jumble. Soon Robert Vandevorst curiosity took over and, trying to follow the proposed itinerary by car, he noted that it was still relevant, regarding the Ardennes crossing.
Christian Jupsin, creator and director of DG Sport was thinking to organize a regularity rally for historic vehicles, so it did not take long for the two men to imagine the return of the Tour de Belgique; this car rally has a name which recalls many memories for the nostalgic of the great era of regularity road rallies.
After an agreement with the RACB, including the license to use the name of the event, the decision was quickly made to establish a memorial with this evocative name.
In 2014, after two successful years, Christian Jupsin wanted to give new impetus to the Tour de Belgique, focussing on the here and now and on the future. By proposing the Tour de Belgique New Energy, the DG Sport Team wants to hold on to the name of a prestigious event but also wants to create an event that is in line with its own era : an eco-marathon. After all, eco-marathon is just a modern definition of a regularity rally, close to the format and spirit of the great rallies from the past.
The participating vehicles at the Tour de Belgique New Energy 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.
The itinerary of the Tour de Belgique New Energy will be composed as follows :
- Road test with penalizing sections : sections of time control to time control where the time limit must be respected;
- Regularity road test with a maximum average speed of 50 km/h. The road sections will be historical sections where some special stages of the Tour de Belgique were run. Many hill climbs will be also run.
- Regularity tests on current circuits at an average of 70 Km/h
At the end of the Tour de Belgique New Energy, several classifications will be made :
- a regularity classification, based solely on the time penalties imposed during the race. This classification is the only one recognised in the framework of an eco-rally that is organised under the aegis of the FIA ;
- a consumption classification, based on the consumption of the internal combustion engine defined by the equivalence in calorific energy of the fuel following the FIA table ;
- a general classification, which is in fact an energy classification, where performances realised during the regularity classification will be defined based on a consumption index following this formula : (Calorific enery of the fuel in Wh/l * consumption per 100 km in l) / 50
- e.g. : a vehicle with diesel engine consuming 3,21 l / 100 km (calorific energy of diesel : 10,025 Wh/l) :
- (10,025 * 3,21) / 50 = 0,6436.
- The winner of the general classification will be declared the winner of the Tour de Belgique New Energy.
The road book of the Tour de Belgique New Energy will be the dot-arrow style, with indication of distance. There will be no maps or regional systems
The whole route and the road-book will be made by Robert Vandevorst, navigator and famous organizer, assisted by the whole team of DG Sport, professional organising team which organises among other the renowned Bikers' Classics. Robert Vandevorst has more than 80 victories in historic rally in his record, including the first historical rally of Monte Carlo and the Neige et Glace rally.
The DG Sport team will propose services up to the event:
- Professional guidance ;
- Use of the Tripy system for the timekeeping;
- for the Criterium : Tulip road-book, with many indications, accessible to all, including for newcomer crews;
- communication of the averages of the RT's (including the changes of averages) two weeks prior to the event (by mail and on the website) ;
- the average tables will be provided. When changes in the averages will be necessary for reason of road safety, these changes will be implemented in the supplied tables. The teams and their cars won’t need to be equipped with any electronic instruments, only a distance-meter (Tripmaster) will be required;
- On this subject we point to the existence of distance-metres operating via the GPS system that require no pre-installation. Any vehicle can be equipped with this material in less than 10 seconds ;
- Rural buffets for all teams during the mid-day breaks;
- High standing hotels for the competitors choosing the packs including this service.
No specific safety equipment is required in the car. Only the helmet is compulsory during the regularity tests on circuits.