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Rally Liepāja 2019

Rally Liepāja 2019 - 24-26/05/2018

Where: Liepāja, Latvia

The rally in 100 words: The brainchild of driver turned promoter Raimonds Strokšs and first run to great acclaim in 2013, Rally Liepāja was originally a winter event but switched to autumn for 2016 to ensure more guaranteed weather conditions. The new date effectively made for an all-new rally as crews adjusted to gravel stages free of snow and ice. Although the time of year has changed, the high-speed stages in western Latvia continue to thrill drivers and spectators alike. And with its new format now firmly established, this forward-thinking event is planning an expanded route for 2019 with stages in the Talsi region too.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2019, round 3 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2019, round 3 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2019, round 3 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, ERC Nations’ Cup, ERC Ladies’ Trophy​

What’s new for 2019?
While Liepāja remains the event’s hub, the stages will cover a much wider area than ever before with roads around Talsi to the north included for the first time. A move forwards from October to May is the other big change for 2019.

Previous winners:
2018: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Ralfs Sirmacis/Arturs Šimins (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16)
2014: Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (ŠKODA Fabia S2000)

Five facts:
1: Rally Liepāja ran for the first time in 2013 with Jari Ketomaa/Kaj Lindström taking victory in a Ford Fiesta RRC. It was the first and only year the really finished in Ventspils, up the Baltic coast.
2: In recent years, Rally Liepāja has formed part of the Festival of Speed Kurzeme, which brings speedboat racing to the city’s Tirdzniecības canal, plus other motorised attractions to the local area.
3: Two former Liepāja winners, Craig Breen and Esapekka Lappi, have both gone on to secure factory drives in the World Rally Championship.
4: Nikolay Gryazin is the event’s youngest winner, taking top spot in 2017 one day after turning 20.
5: Liepāja can claim to be the only Latvian city outside the capital Riga to offer air, land and sea transport options, while its city council chairperson, Uldis Sesks, is a former rally driver of note and father of Mārtiņš Sesks, the 2018 FIA ERC Junior U27 and ERC3 champion.

Event essentials:
Starts:
 Information coming soon
Finishes: Information coming soon
Headquarters: Information coming soon
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 6 (2013-2018)
Stages: Information coming soon
Stage distance: Information coming soon
Liaison distance: Information coming soon
Total distance: Information coming soon
Surface: Gravel
Free Practice (for priority drivers): Information coming soon
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): Information coming soon
Shakedown (for all drivers): Information coming soon
Start order selection: Information coming soon
Ceremonial start: Information coming soon


21 - 23 MARCH 2019

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