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Neste special stage – a challenge for even the most experienced competitors

LIEPĀJA, May 20, 2019

This weekend, on May 25 and 26, Rally Liepāja will welcome the fastest European Rally Championship competitors in their battle for victory in the Latvian round. Among rally cars, this year will also welcome a historic car regularity rally. The dynamic Neste special stage is sure to be a special challenge for competitors, featuring differing driving conditions and road width. Moreover, one of the crews will receive a special prize from a long-term supporter of the rally – Neste Latvija.

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This year, the Neste special stage will be a special challenge for the competitors – the crews will have to adapt to the changing driving conditions on the stage. It will begin on a wide and fast section of the road, moving onto a narrow and technical forest road with ditches on the outside, making drivers focus to keep the car on the road. The stage will finish on a wide, fast and technically easy road, forcing the crews to change their pace once more.

Rally competitors will tackle the Neste stage (located next to Kalvene) twice – on Sunday, May 26 at 15:00 and 17:00. There will be a special spectator area just a few hundred metres from the start of the 10 km and 810-metre-long stage, in a unique location – a crossing of gravel roads, where each rally car will drive by twice.

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“This year’s Neste special stage will make the drivers adapt to differing road conditions and pace multiple times. When organizing the event, we have to adjust to new challenges and find new solutions, as this will be the first time when the European Rally Championship round will open the summer rally season and cover such a large territory, spanning from Talsi to Liepāja. I would like to thank Neste, who have supported this event when it took place in the cold winter and windy autumn, and each year has provided special offers to our spectators,” says Rally Liepāja and RA Events director Raimonds Strokšs.

“For quite a few years now, we are proud to be partners and active supporters of the Latvian round of the European Rally Championship. As a manufacturer of top-quality fuel from Finland, the native land of rallying, we are thrilled to support motorsports in Latvia. This year we will again provide a special prize – Neste fuel cards for the fastest Latvian crew in the Neste special stage,” adds SIA Neste Latvija director Arttu Airiainen.

Throughout the rally weekend, from May 24 to 26, Neste fuel stations in Liepāja and Talsi will have special prices for fuel. Motorsports enthusiasts are welcome to fill their cars with the highest quality fuel from Finland, the native land of rallying.