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Rakan Al-Rashed: driving on the fantastic Rally Liepāja stages in spring will be perfect

LIEPĀJA, May 20, 2019

Sunshine, bird songs and flower filled meadows are clear indications that spring has come to the Kurzeme region. This means that Rally Liepāja is almost here. Saudi Arabian driver Rakan Al-Rashed got his first Rally Liepāja experience two years ago, in wet and cold conditions, and is now ready to return with new ambitions.

Rakan Al-Rashed, Rally Liepāja 2017 ©MVFoto

“It was a special experience, as it was my first rally in an R5 class car and my first start in the FIA European Rally Championship. I will never forget the strong rain, which made the driving conditions very challenging,” says Rakan Al-Rashed, who will again be competing in a Škoda Fabia R5, prepared by Printsport.

Rakan Al-Rashed, Rally Liepāja 2017 ©MVFoto

“I believe that moving the rally to this time of year was the right decision, as the roads are fantastic. The stages will be perfect. I hope that the weather holds up throughout the race weekend. I have experience competing in the desert, on forest roads, gravel, and snow, but have not raced on asphalt. From what I have experienced, I definitely prefer twisty forest stages.”

Rakan Al-Rashed, Rally Liepāja 2017 ©MVFoto

The roads and itinerary of Rally Liepāja were among the main reasons for Al-Rashed’s decision to come to Latvia. “I have competed in all three Baltic countries – in Rally Liepāja, Saaremaa Rally and 300 Lakes Rally. The stages here are amazing – fast and wide. I am used to slower stages on much narrower roads, so this is an opportunity to learn and improve my skills. In addition to that, I must add that the people and fans here are fantastic.”

Rakan Al-Rashed, Rally Liepāja 2017 ©MVFoto

Co-driving Rakan Al-Rashed will be Hugo Magalhaes, who has won three ERC events in the past, and last year, co-driving for Bruno Magalhaes, finished third overall in the ERC standings. “Absolutely, Hugo has been great help during and outside of the rally. We have been able to work together because we both have goals and ambitions to push our limits. We are not here just to compete – we will do everything to get the best possible result.”

Al-Rashed adds that the main focus will be on setting a good time in every stage and finding the necessary pace. If everything goes well, they will also try to fight for some championship points. “We are definitely ready to race on these roads! It will be very important to have some testing before the event to get back into a rhythm.”

Rally Liepāja will be the third rally of 2019 for Al-Rashed. In addition to competing in the RAK rally in the UAE, the ambitious Rakan gained valuable experience in the Finnish Arctic Lapland rally, and is planning to compete in two more ERC rounds after Latvia.

News and other information about Rally Liepāja can be found on the official website at, as well as on social media Twitter @LVRally, Facebook /LVRally, /lvrally, YouTube /RallyLiepāja and Instagram /lvrally.

FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja is possible thanks to the support of the Latvian government, the rally city of Liepāja, as well as the Talsi region. We would also like to thank our sponsors Neste, Ramirent, and SC Grupa, car rental partner Sixt, and our supporters Canon Business Center – IB Serviss, Liepājas Olimpiskais Centrs, Liepājas Speciālās Ekonomiskās Zonas Pārvalde, Pafbet Score, and Swecon. Informative support is provided by news portal DELFI and media partners Go4Speed, JCDecaux Latvija, Kurzemes Vārds, Talsu Vēstis, and Zebra. Rally Liepāja would also not be possible without our rally friends: adGuru, Baltic Taxi, Dardedze, Flora, FN Serviss, Fristads, Jānis Pūce, Latvijas Pārtikas Ražotājs, Lofbergs, Meža Dārzs, Narvesen, Red Bull, Red Sun Buffet, Scan-Plast, SignTech, Sportland, TN Kurzeme,and Törley. Rally Liepāja is realized with support by the regional councils of Aizpute, Durbe, Priekule, Skrunda, and Vaiņode. A special thank you goes out to the Latvian Automobile Federation.

Rally Liepāja is organized by RA EVENTS and Speed Festival Kurzeme.