The 22nd edition of the Hemicuda Rally had approximately 150 cars at the start. Among the competitors, you could find several national champions and a host of top cars. Even before the start, every rally fan was convinced that this year the Hemicuda Rally would be a spectacle again. Next to the winner of the 2022 edition of the Hemicuda Rally, who was eager to add another trophy to his collection too, you could find 2 more Porsches at the start of the regular rally. Only 1 Porsche at the start of the Historic rally, and a fantastic Porsche 911 built to RSR specs in an Almeras Frères livery as a 0-car.
On Saturday, the cars started from 18:15 in reverse number order on the KP Middelkerke, so that the fastest teams drove in the dark. On Sunday, starting position was dependent on the results of Saturday. Monnens/Vuylsteke in a Porsche 991 GT3, winners of the last edition, took a start in 10th position, and reached 2nd after the 4th RT. Meulders/Jacobs in another Porsche 911 GT3 were at position 32 in the ranking, just 2 positions better than their start position.
In RT10, the last RT of the rally, Monnens/Vuylsteke had a flat tire, which drew him 1 position back. Good enough for a podium spot, but not the one the duo hoped for. Syx/Vanrobaeys were the winners of the 2023 Hemicuda Rally in the Citroen C3 Rally2. In the historic rally, Withouck / Withouck in the Porsche 924S finished 34th and last.
Picture gallery 2023 Hemicuda Rally
Pictures courtesy Wilfried Geerts