Russian youngster beats Rovanperä to maiden outright win. Ingram lands 100,000 euros career progression fund with ERC Junior U27 triumph. ERC2 victor Érdi Jr joins Kajetanowicz as an ERC champion. Castrol Ford Team Turkey wins FIA European Rally Championship for Teams.
The FIA European Rally Championship will continue to feature eight events in 2018 after the switch to a smaller schedule in response to feedback from teams proved a success when trialled in 2017. Azores Airlines Rallye and Rally Liepāja book-end crew-friendly schedule, with Latvia based season finale scheduled for October 12-14.
The 2018 FIA European Rally Championship will fire into life on the Azores Airlines Rallye from 22-24 March with the finale set for Rally Liepāja from 12-14 October. Six events will take place in between the two, the full schedule including eight rounds in total with an even mix of asphalt and gravel rallies.
Mārtiņš Sesks reckons he could have won the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 category on Rally Liepāja had it not been for his time-consuming roll on the opening day of the gravel event.
THE HELICOPTER ACCIDENT
Drivers from Latvia and those competing with a Latvian Automobile Federation (LAF) licence had great results in Rally Liepāja,the final round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship. Sports Racing Technologies driver Nikolay Gryazin (LAF licence) got his first ERC victory, while Kalle Rovanpera (LAF licence) was second in his international rallying debut, and Lukasz Habaj from Poland got onto the third step of the podium. Reinis Nitišs (sixth overall) and Mārtiņš Sesks (eleventh) were the fastest of the Latvian drivers.
Today, during Rally Liepāja there has been a civil helicopter crash near the SS11 finish. Rally rescue crews and medics close to the accident site were immediately deployed and were first to respond to the civil helicopter accident site, but has now given full responsibility of the crash site to the State rescue and law enforcement departments, taking care of all the rescue works, and giving all the official statements.
With loud ovations and fan filled spectator areas, the seventh round of the Latvian Powerboat Championship took place on the Tirdzniecības canal yesterday. After intense battles, the winners of the championship were determined.
Gryazin leads Rovanperä following all-action opening leg in Latvia. Kajetanowicz is record-breaking provisional ERC champion as Magalhães crashes. Fight for ERC Junior Under 27 glory rages on with Huttunen ahead of Ingram.
With exciting stages in Liepāja and Alūksne region, day one of the FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja has concluded. The current leader is Nikolay Gryazin (Škoda Fabia R5, co-driven by Yaroslav Fedorov), who is competing with a racing licence issued by the Latvian Automobile Federation. The fastest Latvian crew – Jānis Vorobjovs / Ivo Pūķis (Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X) are currently seventh overall.
As part of Speed Festival KAigars Tīdmanis wins LADA RX Kurzemeurzeme and Rally Liepāja, Saturday’s activities also included Latvian rally stars battling in LADA RX cars. In a very close battle, Aigars Tīdmanis beat Dans Lešcs by just 0.07 seconds.
Due to the heavy rainfall of the past few days, the gravel roads have been damaged all over Latvia and Rally Liepāja stage distance has been shortened. Some access roads to spectator areas have also been changed. This decision was made in order to provide a safe running of the event and not damage the region’s roads, as they are used daily by the locals.
Rally Liepāja, last round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship and the Latvian Rally Championship, began today with a Qualifying in Dunalka. Kalle Rovanpera (Ford Fiesta R5, co-driven by Jonne Halttunen) set the fastest time through, in his international debut.
Today, the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Liepāja, will begin with the qualifying stage. The event will consist of stages in Liepāja and the nearby regions of Durbe, Aizpute, and Priekule. This evening, the rally opening ceremony will take place next to the Great Amber concert hall, while the actual racing – 13 special stages in total – is spread out over Saturday and Sunday. Two of the stages will take place on Liepāja city streets, which spectators will be able to watch free of charge, and the same goes for Speed Festival Kurzeme competitions for powerboats and rallycross prepared LADAs. After Rally Liepāja, we will know not only the European, but also the Latvian rally champions in all classes.
Historic Rally Liepāja set to take place in Liepāja and nearby regions of Durbe, Aizpute, and Priekule has been canceled due to intensive rain damaged roads that void the possibility to ensure safe running of the competition.
This weekend, from October 6 to 8, the final round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) will take place on the roads in and around Liepāja. Unfortunately, that last year’s Rally Liepāja winners and bronze medallists in ERC Ralfs Sirmacis / Artūrs Šimins had to withdrawn from the rally.
The appeal of the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship to drivers aiming to build their knowledge of international events in a highly competitive environment has been underlined with the addition of Alex Forsström and Mārtiņš Sesks to the entry for this week’s Rally Liepāja season finale.
This weekend, in Liepāja and its nearby Durbe, Aizpute, and Priekule regions, the final round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), Rally Liepāja, is set to take place. Even though the crews will tackle the special stages on the weekend, the European championship related activities will take over nearly the whole week, with the first ones beginning today, and concluding on Monday after the event.
Castrol Ford Team Turkey has altered its line-up for Rally Liepāja as it goes all-out to win the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, which has been streamlined for this season with one trophy up for grabs rather than separate titles in ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3.
Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jarek Baran are on the way to their third consecutive championship title, with 24-points advantage over Portuguese duo of Bruno and Hugo Magalhães. The LOTOS Rally Team duo will compete against their opponents on very fast gravel special stages of Rally Liepāja. The Poles have a chance of setting a new, fantastic record – no other competitor has ever won three championship titles in a row!
Read and get the idea what state of mind does ERC Junior U28 competitors have ahead of the season finale Rally Liepāja.
Read and get the idea what state of mind does ERC Junior U28 competitors have ahead of the season finale Rally Liepāja.
Highly-rated teenager Kalle Rovanperä has chosen the FIA European Rally Championship season-closing Rally Liepāja for his international event debut.
Rally Liepāja, the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), is set to take place from October 6 to 8 in Liepāja and its nearby Durbe, Aizpute, and Priekule regions. European champions in nearly all classes will be determined here in Latvia, as will the winners of the Latvian Rally Championship.
On October 7, as part of Speed Festival Kurzeme, the LADA RX Kurzeme event will take place on the city special stage. Competitors will tackle the track with rallycross prepared vehicles, battling for a prize from Lauma Fabrics.
Finnish driver Jari Huttunen will join the Hyundai Motorsport Driver development Program (HMDP) and compete at the wheel of a New Generation i20 R5 in 2018. The decision comes at the conclusion of a careful selection process, during which candidates had to prove not only their pace in the car, but also their communication skills and technical knowledge.
FIA World Rallycross Championship driver, Jēkabpils native Reinis Nitišs, will compete in Rally Liepāja, the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship, from October 6 to 8. He will be co-driven by Māris Neikšāns.
Today, in electro karting hall “Blue Shock Race” in Liepāja, the Speed Festival “Kurzeme” press conference took place. There, the media were introduced to the event programme, as well as to the favourites in both the rally and the powerboat races.
Thursday, September 21, was the final day of registration for Rally Liepāja, the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC). Current championship leaders in all classes have registered for the event, bringing the total number of entrants to 37 crews, including 4 crews representing Latvia – Mārtiņš Sesks, Jānis Berķis, Jānis Vorobjovs, and Ralfs Sirmacis. Rally Liepāja will take place from October 6 to 8 in Liepāja and the nearby Durbe, Aizpute, and Priekule regions.
The revamped FIA European Rally Championship has not only experienced a big upturn in interest from drivers and teams in 2017, it is also experiencing a big increase in television audiences.
Tickets to Rally Liepāja, the final round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship, are now available in Biļešu Serviss locations around Latvia, as well as online at www.bilesuserviss.lv. A ticket to all the special stages costs 18.00 EUR per person. Rally Liepāja will take place from October 6 to 8 in Liepāja and the nearby Durbe, Aizpute, and Priekule regions.
This week, the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship season will begin, with Latvia playing a key role in how it unfolds. We will see Latvian crews tackling the stages, Latvian rally teams competing, and the season closing event will be Rally Liepāja, which will welcome the best European rally drivers from October 6 to 8.
National champion Sergey Remennik will step up to the FIA European Rally Championship in 2016 having been inspired to do so by compatriot and driving coach Alexey Lukyanuk.
The FIA European Rally Championship has attracted its latest high-profile entrant with confirmation of Castrol Ford Team Turkey’s major campaign for 2017, announced via a live stream from its base in Istanbul this evening.
Alexey Lukyanuk has vowed to “fight” to become the first Russian to win the FIA European Rally Championship after deciding to focus on the ERC instead of a WRC2 campaign.
Teamwork will come to the fore in the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship when the battle for the all-new ERC title for teams kicks off on the Azores Airlines Rallye later this month.
Czech Republic’s motorsport federation, the ACCR, will support a three-car team of young talents in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship in a move that further underlines the importance of the ERC to major organisations.
Łukasz Habaj is embarking on a major FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2017, armed with more experience of the all-action series and a new co-driver with ERC title-winning pedigree. The 41-year-old from Poland talks Daniel Dymurski, car swapping and keeping sharp in the snow.
FIA ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel will step up to the European Rally Championship’s headlining ERC1 category in 2017 when he will prioritise winning the inaugural ERC Junior Under 28 title.
Interest in the FIA European Rally Championship continues to strengthen with confirmation of the Peugeot Rally Academy’s eagerly anticipated return to the all-action series for 2017.
The importance of the role performed by the FIA ERC Junior Championship in developing future champions has been underlined by confirmation that Opel Motorsport will contest the series for a fourth season running in 2017, entering a three-car line-up of rallying talents in the new ERC Junior Under 27 division for drivers in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres.
Gryazin set for full ERC Junior U28 campaign as Jeets plans selected events. Sirmacis in funding search to increase current programme in third ŠKODA Fabia R5. SRT in contention for revamped FIA European Rally Championship for Teams.
Entries are open for the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship while the first 10 drivers to register for the FIA ERC Junior U27 and FIA ERC Junior U28 championships will receive a personalised promotional video clip for their use on social media channels and selected websites.
Drivers can compete in a World Rally Car in the FIA World Rally Championship within two years by signing up for the ultimate career progression opportunity.
The logos for the FIA ERC Junior U27 and U28 championships have been revealed ahead of the 2017 season getting underway.
Q&A: Jean-Baptiste Ley, FIA European Rally Championship Co-ordinator.
The 2017 FIA European Rally Championship will be contested over eight events from April to October, while an exciting revamp of the FIA ERC Junior Championship was also approved at a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Vienna today.
Rally Liepāja, which is a part of the FIA European Rally Championship for the fifth year in a row, will take place on Liepāja and Kuldīga region roads from October 6 to 8, 2017. A total of eight events are currently included in the FIA European Rally Championship provisional calendar, with an option to increase to ten. This year’s Rally Liepāja was won by Latvian crew Ralfs Sirmacis / Artūrs Šimins, who concluded the championship in third position.
For the first time since a pure FIA European Rally Championship round takes place in Latvia, a local driver has won it – Sports Racing Technologies crew of Ralfs Sirmacis and Artūrs Šimins won their third ERC event of the year in Liepāja on Sunday afternoon. In addition to that, two champions were also crowned in Latvia – Kajetan Kajetanowicz / Jaroslav Baran became European champions for the second year in a row, while Marijan Griebel became the ERC Junior champion.
FIA European Rally Championship event Rally Liepāja began with the first seven special stages on Saturday, September 17. After Leg one, Latvian crew of Ralfs Sirmacis and Artūrs Šimins (Škoda Fabia R5) are the leaders by 30.7 seconds. ERC Junior championship has had some extremely close battles, with the current leaders, Marijan Griebel and Chris Ingram, separated by only 0.7 seconds, while the top seven crews are all within 15 seconds.
Ninth round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), Rally Liepāja, officially got underway today with the qualifying, which was won by Alexey Lukyanuk (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X), who was 0.751 seconds ahead of current championship leader Kajetan Kajetanowicz (Ford Fiesta R5). Latvian driver Ralfs Sirmacis (Škoda Fabia R5) set the third quickest time, 1.85 seconds behind Lukyanuk.
Rally Liepāja organiser RA EVENTS has come to an agreement with the promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship, Eurosport Events, on including the Liepāja and Kuldīga region based event in the European Championship calendar for at least three more years – up until 2019.