Latvia set for big ERC party

Latvia set for big ERC party

10/01/2017 12:00

Rally Liepāja boss Raimonds Strokšs is braced for a big celebration when the FIA European Rally Championship visits Latvia for a fifth time later this year.

The popular high-speed gravel rally, which joined the ERC schedule for the first time in 2013, has the honour of hosting the season-closing round from 6-8 October.

With drivers counting their best six scores from a possible eight in 2017, it’s highly likely the winner of the overall ERC crown, plus the ERC2, ERC3, ERC Junior U27 and ERC Junior U28 titles won’t be known until the finish in Liepāja on Latvia’s Baltic coast.

“I am very happy that Latvia is one of just three countries which has hosted a FIA European Rally Championship round each year since Eurosport Events took over [for 2013],” said Strokšs. “With two events less than last year every round will be even more important and possibly have more crews competing. Rally Liepāja will be on the back end of the championship calendar, adding a bit of intrigue to the results, as we could determine the European champions right here in Latvia.”

ERC season 2017 gets underway with the Azores Airlines Rallye from 30 March-1 April.

Pierre-Louis Loubet “feels ready” for his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut after driving BRC Racing Team’s Hyundai i20 R5 for the first time during Azores Airlines Rallye testing yesterday (Monday).

Paulo Nobre will return to international rallying after a five-year gap when he embarks on a full-season campaign in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Dominik Brož hopes the technical problems that hampered his progress in 2017 will be a thing of the past when he bids for FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship success this season.

Miguel Correia will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut when he lines up on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

Fabian Kreim will look to his outing on the Asia-Pacific championship-counting Coffee Day India Rally in 2016 when he begins his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 bid on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

A fully recovered Bruno Magalhães says there’s no reason why he can’t begin his 2018 FIA European Rally Championship campaign by repeating the shock victory he scored on São Miguel 12 months ago.