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.
“Organising a safe rally has always been our top priority. It should be a racing event that is safe for all the competitors, spectators, and our personnel. A couple of months ago it seemed that the global situation would cool down and normalize by the end of May, but the belief gradually dissipated as more and more news came in reporting the expanding nature of the Covid-19 globally,” comments Rally Liepāja director Raimonds Strokšs.
“We must also consider that Rally Liepāja is part of the FIA European Rally Championship and we are obliged to monitor and evaluate the situation not only in Latvia, but all over Europe. To run the event in May, we must be sure that all the parties will be allowed to leave their homes, so we can ensure a fair competition to all the crews.
At this moment we are working closely with our partners Eurosport Events, FIA, and rally cities Liepāja and Talsi to find a mutual solution and to postpone the event to a later date, when, according to experts, we will be able to organise a safe event in Latvia. But till then – stay home, and be safe!” concludes Raimonds Strokšs.
FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja is possible thanks to the support provided by the Latvian government, rally city Liepāja, as well as the Talsi region. Thanks to our sponsors Neste, Ramirent, and SC Grupa, our car rental partner Sixt, as well as supporters Canon Business Center – IB Serviss, Liepājas Olimpiskais Centrs, Pafbet, and Swecon. Informative support is provided by DELFI and media partners JCDecaux Latvija, Kurzemes Vārds, Sporta Avīze, Talsu Vēstis, and Zebra. The event would also not be possible without the involvement of all Rally Liepāja friends: Baltic Taxi, Flora, FN Serviss, Fristads, Jānis Pūce, Latvijas Pārtikas Ražotājs, Lofbergs, MB Grupa, Meža Dārzs, Red Bull, SignTech, Sportland, and Törley. Rally Liepāja is taking place with the support of Aizpute, Durbe, Grobiņa and Priekule regions. A special thank you goes out to the Latvian Automobile Federation.
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