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Oliver Solberg quickest in Rally Liepāja qualifying stage QS Fristads

LIEPĀJA, May 24, 2019

Today, the FIA European Rally Championship third round Rally Liepāja began with the qualifying stage QS Fristads in the Durbe region. Fastest time through the 3,02km stage was set by Oliver Solberg (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5), followed by the 2018 European rally champion Alexey Lukyanuk (Citroen C3 R5), with Czech talent Filip Mareš (Škoda Fabia R5) in third.

Liepāja native Mārtiņš Sesks was only 0,046 behind the top three, in his debut event in an all-wheel drive Škoda Fabia R5. Ralfs Sirmacis, driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, set the third quickest time in his class (and twentieth quickest overall). Reinis Nitišs, one of the three drivers competing in the unique rear-wheel drive Abarth 124 Rally, was second quickest among his peers (and thirty-sixth overall). All three Abarth crews set times within 0.567 seconds of each other.

Friday evening, the Rally Liepāja opening ceremony will take place next to the LOC Manēža, after which the drivers will go on a parade through Liepāja city streets, also driving by the Great Amber.

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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.



FRIDAY, MAY 24                  

19:30                    OPENING CEREMONY at the LOC Manēža (Liepāja)

20:30                    CEREMONIAL START at the LOC Manēža (Liepāja)

20:30                    DRIVERS PARADE (Liepāja)

SATURDAY, MAY 25           

10:00                    CARS AND COFFEE historic car event in the city square (Talsi)

11:40                    START PODIUM at the city square (Talsi)

12:00      SS 1       TALSI / Ābeļi (14,72km)

12:50      SS 2       SWECON / Mordanga (14,73km)

14:00      SS 3       RAMIRENT / Strazde (28,36km)
15:00                    MID-DAY PODIUM in the city square (Talsi)

16:15      SS 4       SC GRUPA / Mundigciems (26,50km)

17:25      SS 5       EGP Latvia / Kaleši (15,15km)

18:00                    Festival ZVAIGZNES VIRS TALSIEM in the Sauleskalns bandstand (Talsi)

SUNDAY, MAY 26                

08:40      SS 6       Canon Biznesa Centrs-IB Serviss / Dinsdurbe (6,53km)

09:30      SS 7       SIXT Rent a car 1 / Priekule (18,26km)

10:45      SS 8       PORT OF LIEPAJA / Podnieki (10,29km)

11:40      SS 9       SIXT Rent a car 2 / Priekule (18,26km)

15:00      SS 10     NESTE 1 / Kalvene (10,81km)

15:45      SS 11     LIEPĀJA 1 / Vecpils (15,77km)

17:00      SS 12     NESTE 2 / Kalvene (10,81km)

17:45      SS 13     LIEPĀJA 2 / Vecpils (15,77km)

19:00                    FINISH PODIUM, ERC competitor awards ceremony (Liepāja)

21:00                    LRC competitor awards ceremony at the LOC Manēža (Liepāja)

22:00                    Rally official afterparty at RED SUN BUFFET (Liepāja)


Oliver Solberg, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©ReinisGrinvalds

Alexey Lukyanuk, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©ReinisGrinvalds

Filip Mares, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©ReinisGrinvalds

Martins Sesks, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©ReinisGrinvalds

Ralfs Sirmacis, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©ReinisGrinvalds

Reinis Nitiss, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©ReinisGrinvalds