Entries open for Latvian Rally Championship rounds.
From May 24 to 26, the picturesque Kurzeme region roads will welcome the top Latvian and European rally talents. However, that is not all – going through the entry list, you will also find a Japanese flag. Co-driven by the experienced Edgars Svencis, we will see Japanese driver Futoshi Murase showcase his skills on Latvian soil.
Reinis Nitišs ready for a new challenge: competing in Rally Liepāja with a rear-wheel drive Abarth 124
Reinis Nitišs will compete in the FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja, with the Jēkabpils native preparing for a new challenge this year. He will be driving a rear-wheel drive Abarth 124 Rally car, with the experienced Māris Kulšs serving as his co-driver. The European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja will take place from May 24 to 26.
The FIA European Rally Championship is a fantastic platform for talented rally drivers to hone their skills and take the next step in their career. German rally driver Marijan Griebel serves as a great example, having won the Junior U27 class in 2016 and Junior U28 in 2017, which made it possible to gain additional experience in the World Rally Championship. In 2019, Griebel has decided to come to Rally Liepāja, an event that holds a special place in his career.
Mārtiņš Sesks will make his debut in an R5 car on his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Liepāja, as the first of two prize drives for winning the ERC3 Junior crown in 2018.
Rally Liepāja competitors have an opportunity to register for official tests.
For the seventh year running, the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) event reviews will be broadcast on All Media Baltics channel TV6. The broadcast plan includes reviews of all eight ERC rounds, as well as multiple broadcasts about the Latvian round Rally Liepāja. TV6 broadcast from round one in the Azores is scheduled for 22:05 on March 30.
Starting today, tickets to Rally Liepāja, the third round of the FIA European Rally Championship, are available in all Biļešu Serviss locations. From February 18 to 24, they will be available with a 10.00 EUR discount – during the first week of sales, the ticket price will be 15.00 EUR. Rally Liepāja special stages will cover a larger area than in past years, going through the best Latvian stages from Talsi to Liepāja. The event is set to take place in late spring – from May 24 to 26.
The Abarth Rally Cup will run in conjunction with the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019, bringing together the hugely exciting one-make series and the leading regional competition promoted by Eurosport Events under a long-term agreement with motorsport’s world governing body.
The FIA World Motor Sport Council met in St Petersburg, Russia, on 5 December. During the meeting, a number of proposals presented by the FIA Rally Commission, some of which related to the FIA European Rally Championship, were approved. A summary of those appears below.
2019 FIA European Rally Championship and Latvian Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja will contain the best stages of the region – the so called “golden fund” of Latvian rallying. Next year’s route is significantly expanded, going from Talsi to Liepāja and giving the participants an opportunity to enjoy the best Latvian stages, with the spectators getting the chance to see the European Rally Championship drivers fight to be the fastest from the best spectator areas in Latvia. Rally Liepāja will take place on May 24-26, 2019.
Today, the FIA European Rally Championship (FIAERC) calendar* was published, with Rally Liepāja being included for the seventh time. The first three Latvian FIAERC events (2013-2015) took place in winter, followed by three autumn events (2016-2018), but the 2019 Rally Liepāja will take place in the spring, from May 24 to 26.
Rally Liepāja concluded today in Dinsdurbe, Paplaka, Vecpils and Podnieki, serving as the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship and Latvian Rally Championship seasons. Sports Racing Technologies driver Nikolay Gryazin managed to hold onto his lead, winning the Junior U28 title and finishing runner-up in the overall standings of the European championship. Today’s Latvian Rally Championship round was won by Eurolamp World Rally Team driver Valerii Gorban.
Today in Pērbone, Laidi, Upītes and Vilgāle, the first six special stages of FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja took place, in addition to round six of the Latvian Rally Championship. Qualifying stage winner Nikolay Gryazin was fastest on day one. In addition to the action on the stages, the Speed Festival Kurzeme activities also took place – sixth round of the Latvian water motorsports speedboat championship took place on the Tirdzniecības canal, while the Latvian antique automobile club Youngtimer Rally historic car gathering Cars & Coffee Liepāja took place at the Vecā Ostmala promenade.
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Beginning with October 12, Liepāja will host an exciting motorsports celebration weekend. One of the main attractions will be Rally Liepāja, a round of the FIA European Rally Championship and the final round of the 2018 Latvian Rally Championship. This event is also part of the Speed Festival Kurzeme programme, where you will also find water motorsports competitions, historic car gathering Youngtimer Cars & Coffee Liepāja, the Rally Liepāja drivers parade, with the weekend concluding Rally Liepāja afterparty taking place at Hot Potato bar.