Following directions of the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers, as well as the regulations on hosting competitive events outdoors, this year the number of spectators allowed for Rally Liepāja will be limited. To avoid the formation of crowds and ensure social distancing, a few other changes will be made, such as the cancellation of the opening ceremony and closing the service park to spectators.
Oliver Solberg heads to Rally Liepāja next week (14-16 August) for the latest chapter of his FIA European Rally Championship adventure.
Reinis Nitišs, who is focusing on rally this year, will race at FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja for the fifth time in his career.
His first time in Latvia was back in 2012, at Rally Talsi, now essential part of Rally Liepāja. Norwegian Mads Østberg in ready to pack the bags again, and is looking forward his return to Latvia, of which he has warm memories. Østberg is set compete at Round 2 of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship taking place August 14-16.
Due to the impact of Covid-19, the start of FIA European Rally Championship season has been postponed, but, with the global situation stabilizing, we have witnessed the return of FIA ERC – Rally Roma di Capitale taking place from July 24 to 26, with the first broadcast on TV6 scheduled for July 31.
Invest Saudi-backed driver switches to Printsport-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 for 2020. August’s running of high-speed gravel event marks his third appearance on Rally Liepaja. ERC event-winning co-driver Magalhães continues partnership with Al-Rashed.
At the end of last week the new Polish rally star Mikołaj Marczyk visited the workshop of the Latvian rally team Sports Racing Technologies (SRT), where he signed an agreement with the team Director Ģirts Krūzmanis on participation in the European Rally Junior Championship (ERC1 Junior) under the flag of SRT team.
One of the first to enter Rally Liepaja 2020 is Team MRF Tyres crew Emil Lindholm / Mikhael Korhonen. For the Finnish crew that has started seven FIA World Rally Championship events, 2020 will mark their first appearance at the FIA European Rally Champinship, driving Škoda Fabia R5 Evo car.
RA Events and WRC Promoter have concluded their discussions over the possible inclusion of Rally Liepāja on the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship calendar alongside the existing FIA European Rally Championship event.
WRC Promoter and the organisers of Rally Liepāja – RA Events – have begun talks about a possible inclusion of Rally Liepāja, a round of the FIA European Rally Championship, in the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship season.
In response to a pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus and the subsequent restrictions are enforced in Latvia and Europe, considering public health of our competitors, spectators, and personnel, running of Rally Liepāja, has been rescheduled to August 14-16. Latvian round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship was initially scheduled for May 29-31, then moved to July 10-12, but running of Rally Liepāja is now postponed to mid-August.
Running of Rally Liepāja, round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship, has been rescheduled from May 29-31 to July 10-12. The changes are made in response to a pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus and the subsequent restrictions and recommendations for public health are enforced in Latvia and globally. Already half of the events included in the European Championship has changed its running dates due to global events – including rallies in Portugal, Spain, and Cyprus.
Considering global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus, running of the 2020 Rally Liepāja, which has been planned for May 29-31, has been postponed indefinitely. Latvian round of the FIA European Rally Championship is the third event to be postponed due to global pandemic – following the events in Portugal and Spain that have been moved to September and December respectively.
Bruno Magalhães is a recognizable name to all FIA European Rally Championship fans. The Portuguese driver has shown that he is among the fastest and most consistent drivers, finishing the championship in second place in 2017, and following that up with a third place overall in 2018. Last year, Bruno focused on the national championship, but that has not quelled his hunger for victories. This season, Magalhães will return to the ERC and compete against some of the fastest European drivers.
Eyvind Brynildsen is one of the most talented Norwegian rally drivers. His World Rally Championship debut was all the way back in 2006, when he was just 18 years old. Since then, Eyvind has improved significantly, and will look to showcase those skills in this year’s FIA European Rally Championship, including a visit to the “birthplace of wind” in Liepāja. The Norwegian spoke about the preparation process for the new season and the fast roads of Kurzeme region.
Dennis Rådström, the talented 25 year-old Swedish rally driver, will be competing in the ERC3 Junior category of the FIA European Rally Championship this year. Some rally fans will recognize him as a competitor to Mārtiņš Sesks in the 2019 Junior WRC, where, despite his young age, Radstrom has already spent three full seasons.
Beginning on Tuesday, March 10 of 2020, the FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja tickets will go on sale. For the first ten days, they will be sold at half price. Rally Liepāja tickets are available in Biļešu Serviss locations, as well as online at bilesuserviss.lv.
Because of the uncharacteristically warm winter months, which were the cause of cancellation for the two Latvian Rally Championship rounds, Rally Alūksne and Rally Sarma, the only national championship round taking place in Latvia will be the FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja, taking place from May 29 to 31, with the route going from Talsi to Liepāja.
On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Latvian Automobile Federation hosted the 2019 Gala, celebrating the champions, achievements, and life-time contribution. Among them all, the best rally of the 2019 was announced – with award being presented to Rally Liepāja.
One-make series for Abarth 124 rally returns in 2020 with six rounds contested alongside the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship. The series will see round-by-round prize fund of €30,000 plus €30,000 for end-of-season winner. Featuring four events on asphalt and two on gravel the Abarth Rally Cup will challenge drivers and their teams.
On Tuesday, November 5, the Latvian government finalized the decision to cover costs associated with the license for organizing FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja. With that, the Latvian event, which had been preliminarily included in the 2020 calendar, has confirmed its place in the FIA European Rally Championship, with the rally set to take place on May 29-31.
The FIA European Rally Championship will continue to follow its successful format in 2020 with confirmation of an eight-event schedule including four rounds on asphalt and four on gravel. Made up of the same eight rallies that formed the 2019 calendar, the list of dates for next season has been approved by the FIA Rally Commission and was ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council during an electronic vote.
Rally Liepāja, the third round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship, concluded today with stages in Aizpute, Durbe, Priekule, Skrunda, and Vaiņode. Swedish driver Oliver Solberg (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) won both the overall classification and the ERC1 Junior class. Last year’s European champion Alexey Lukyanuk (Citroen C3 R5) came second, 22.7 seconds behind the winner. Mārtiņš Sesks (Škoda Fabia R5)thrilled the local fans by finishing third overall in his debut in an R5 class car, trailing Solberg by 57.4 seconds.