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Rallysprint winners determined in Rally Liepāja

LIEPĀJA, May 30, 2019

On Saturday, May 25, the Talsi region roads hosted the third round of the Latvian Rallysprint Championship and Cup. A total of 17 crews took part, competing for victory in five classes – 4WD, 2000, 4WD Open, 2WD Open, Klasika 3000, and the Junior class. The total stage distance, on stages in Mundigciems, Strazde, and Mordanga, was 57.81 kilometres.

Even though the competitors were split into multiple classes, the overall classification results clearly demonstrate that driver skill plays a larger role than the car of choice, with the top three fastest drivers each representing a different class. At the end, Krišjānis Zintis-Putniņš (4WD, Subaru Impreza) came out on top, beating Kristaps Sarma (4WD Open, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX) by just 2.7 seconds, while Kārlis Nebars (2WD Open, BMW 330) was 18.8 seconds behind.

Not that far behind, in fifth place overall, we can find Kristers Cimdiņš (BMW 328) who was fastest in Klasika 3000, while the top 2000 class competitor, Madars Dīriņš (Renault Clio) was thirteenth overall.

The battle for victory in Klasika 3000 class was especially exciting. After SS1 Talsi, Kristers Cimdiņš had earned a 6.4 second lead over everyone else. However, Andris Vovers (BMW) won both SS2 Swecon and SS3 Ramirent, doing so by, respectively, 1.5 and 4.4 seconds. However, it was not enough to regain the lead, with Cimdiņš claiming a win by just 0.5 seconds.

Lithuanian Justas Simaška (BMW 328) was the fastest driver in the Junior class.

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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.


Rallijsprints, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©Edgars Lācis

Rallijsprints, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©Edgars Lācis

Rallijsprints, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©Reinis Grīnvalds

Rallijsprints, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©Reinis Grīnvalds

Rallijsprints, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©Reinis Grīnvalds

Rallijsprints, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©Toms Paipals

Rallijsprints, Rally Liepāja 2019 ©Mārtiņš Skulte