Rally Liepaja 2020* - 14-16/08/2020
*New date subject to FIA approval
Where: Liepāja, Latvia
The rally in 100 words: The brainchild of driver turned promoter Raimonds Strokšs and first run to great acclaim in 2013, Rally Liepāja was originally a winter event but switched to autumn in 2016 for more guaranteed weather. The new date effectively made for an all-new rally as crews adjusted to gravel roads free of snow and ice. Although the time of year had changed, the high-speed stages in western Latvia continued to thrill drivers and spectators alike. Organisers of this forward-thinking event made more changes for 2019 with a late May date and an expanded route taking in popular stages around the Talsi region.
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 2 of 7
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 2 of 5
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 2 of 5
Abarth Rally Cup, round 2 of 5
Also counting for…
FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams
What’s new for 2020?
City stages will return to Rally Liepāja for 2020 with urban tests planned in both Talsi and Liepāja. Drivers will tackle both stages twice with the action scheduled at the end of day one in Talsi and to conclude the rally on day two in Liepāja. There will also be a focus on FIA Action for Environment-related activities, such as recycling.
2019: Oliver Solberg/Aaron Johnston (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5)
2018: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Ralfs Sirmacis/Arturs Šimins (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16)
1: Rally Liepāja ran for the first time in 2013 with Jari Ketomaa/Kaj Lindström taking victory in a Ford Fiesta RRC. It was the first and only year the really finished in Ventspils, up the Baltic coast from the host city.
2: In recent years, Rally Liepāja has formed part of the Festival of Speed Kurzeme, which brings speedboat racing to the city’s Tirdzniecības canal, plus other motorised attractions to the local area.
3: Two former Liepāja winners, Craig Breen and Esapekka Lappi, have both gone on to secure factory drives in the World Rally Championship.
4: Oliver Solberg is the event’s youngest winner, taking top spot in 2019 aged 17 years, eight months and three days.
5: Liepāja can claim to be the only Latvian city outside the capital Riga to offer air, land and sea transport options, while its city council chairperson, Uldis Sesks, is a former rally driver of note and father of Mārtiņš Sesks, the 2018 FIA ERC3 and ERC3 Junior champion.
Starts: 20h30, Friday 14 August, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja (leg one starts from Talsi Airfield, Ģibuļi Parish)
Finishes: 19h00, Sunday 16 August, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
Headquarters: Liepāja Olympic Centre, Brīvības Street 39, Liepāja
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 7 (2013-2019)
Stage distance: TBA
Liaison distance: TBA
Total distance: TBA
Free Practice (for priority drivers): 14h30-16h45, Friday 14 August, Dunalka Parish, Liepāja
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): 17h00-18h50, Friday 14 August, Dunalka Parish, Liepāja
Shakedown (for all drivers): 18h50-19h30, Friday 14 August, Dunalka Parish, Liepāja
Start order selection: 19h40, Friday 14 August, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
Ceremonial start: 20h30, Friday 14 August, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
Resources available soon:
Results and live timing: https://www.fiaerc.com/live-timing/