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.
Rally Liepāja 2019 ©Reinis Grīnvalds
“These are very changing times we are living right now. A lot of news regarding world-wide pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus and how countries are responding to control the spread of it, resulting in rapidly changing circumstances and government sanctions. We as organisers of sports events are left in the middle of it – trying to do both at the same time – ensuring public health, while also finding a way to host a major sports event,” comments Rally Liepāja director Raimonds Strokšs.
“As stated before – we are not here to put rally ahead of health and safety of our competitors, spectators, and personnel; thus, together with our partners Eurosport Events, FIA, Government of Latvia, rally cities Liepāja and Talsi, a déjà vu decision was made to once again reschedule running of Rally Liepāja – this time to August. It might be just a couple of weeks later, but as there are no long-term decisions, we will try each and every option that is available to host Rally Liepāja in 2020.
I would pinpoint that all the parties are working hard to make sure a great Rally Liepāja takes place in Latvia. We will continue our work, consult the experts, and hopefully the situation will normalize and we can all return to on-site rallying! But while we wait that, please follow the guidelines put forth by your local authorities, as that will speed-up the recovery process. Stay safe!” Raimonds Strokšs, director of RA Events.
Tickets already purchased will be valid also for the rescheduled running of Rally Liepāja.
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.