It will be the first time a current generation World Rally Car has been driven in anger down the Belgian lanes. And it won’t just be Neuville’s Hyundai on show, M-Sport has confirmed Bryan Bouffier will drive a Ford Fiesta as well.

Neuville is, of course, no stranger to the biggest rally in his homeland and won in an i20 R5 last year. This time, he fancied something a little different.

“After winning Ypres in the R5 car last year I wasn’t so interested to use that one again this time. Nicolas (co-driver Gilsoul) and I always say what would it be like to drive a World Rally Car in Ypres and now we have the opportunity to do this with no pressure in front of our fans,” he said.

The pair will lead an all-new section of the event. Labelled the Ypres Rally Masters, the class is designed to bring a wider variety of machinery to the fans, including Group A cars and stunning Formula 2 cars, which competed in the in the late 1990s.

“We are doing this event just for the fans,” said Neuville. “We can’t say this will be a test for or anything like that – the surface is completely different.”