Breen / Martin safeguards a strong lead after the opening section of the Leg 2, while Latvian crews push the pace as Vorobjovs Mālnieks fights it into Top3 overall.
Craig Breen has praised the organisers of round two of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, saying Rally Liepāja is “one of the standout events of the year”.
Mr. Uldis Sesks, the Chairman of Liepāja City Council, paid tribute to Rally Liepāja, following the highly successful running of round two of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship.
Latvian ERC Junior driver Ralfs Sirmacis has been awarded the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy on Rally Liepāja.
Rally Liepāja, the second event in the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship calendar, proved to be a tough rally, with the continuously changing weather conditions catching out even the most experienced drivers. Peugeot Rally Academy crew Craig Breen / Scott Martin adapted best to the local roads and came away with a win.
The first five Special Stages of Rally Liepāja took place today, with Craig Breen and Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16) currently in first place with a healthy 1 minute and 23 second gap to Siim Plangi and Marek Sarapuu (Mitsubishi Evo X). Dominykas Butvilas and Kamil Heller (Subaru Impreza STI) are currently in third, 4 minutes and 4 seconds off the lead.
Craig Breen / Scott Martin tops SS2 Kuldīga and SS3 Ecorent.lv to take an early lead in Rally Liepāja. While Lukyanuk / Chervonenko, winner of the SS1 Neste Oil, made a mistake on SS2 to force them out of the rally.
FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) second event Rally Liepāja qualification stage fastest time was set by Alexey Lukyanuk and co-driver Yevhen Chervonenko (Ford Fiesta R5), who were just 0.05 seconds faster than Craig Breen and Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16). Winners of the Austrian rally, Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jaroslaw Baran (Ford Fiesta R5), set the third fastest time, 1.52 seconds behind Lukyanuk.
For those who haven’t bought their rally passes yet, they are available for purchase at special selling point set up on the motorway near the special stages. On Sunday, February 8, the point of sale will be located in Kalvene, between Liepāja and Skrunda.
Rally Liepāja is set to begin today with the qualifying stage at 16:15, followed by the opening ceremony in Liepāja. This years’ three day rally is not just the second event of the FIA European Rally Championship, but will also serve as the opening round of the FIA ERC Junior Championship and host two Latvian Rally Championship events. The battle for first place will take place over the weekend – on Saturday and Sunday, followed by the awards ceremony in Rose square (Liepāja) after the finish.
Bulletin no. 2 was published today with the news that the city stage, SS12, which was due to start on February 8 at 16:00, has been cancelled. The race podium-finish has also been changed accordingly, and will now take place at 15:30.
FIA European Rally Championship winter event Rally Liepāja will have its opening ceremony on Friday, February 6 at 20:00 on Rose square. Each attendee will have a unique opportunity to get autographs of the drivers on specially made cards.
Fresh from his second place finish at WRC Rallye Monte Carlo, Peugeot Rally Academy driver Craig Breen heads back to the European Rally Championship this week for round two Rally Liepāja (6th-8th February) in Latvia. Having twice previously finished on the second step of the podium using a Peugeot 207 S2000 here before it’s going to be a great opportunity for Craig and his co-driver Scott Martin to notch up their second ERC win for both themselves and the Peugeot 208 T16.
Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jarek Baran – winners of the first round of 2015 season – will again challenge the best crews of European Rally Championship on the first weekend of February. After spectacular victory in Jännerrallye LOTOS Rally Team crew begins Rally Liepāja as FIA ERC leaders, having scored maximum amount of points. Thanks to convincing performance in Austria, where he set 17 fastest times on 18 stages, „Kajto” is on pole position for winter European Rally Championship crown. Polish driver enjoys 76-points advantage in FIA ERC Ice Master standings, with two rounds counting towards this classification: Jännerrallye and Rally Liepāja.
A strong 51-car entry made up of drivers from 20 countries will contest round two of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship next week, as the ice and snow-covered roads of Latvia play host to Rally Liepāja.
Sports Racing Technologies (SRT) team plans to participate in all of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) Junior Championship events and is going to fight for the highest forged awards. Rally Liepaja next weekend is the first event in Junior Championship and team's objectives are the highest - to fight for the victory.
On Tuesday, January 27, the February issue of TopGear Latvija will be available, containing a Rally Liepāja spectator guide.
Rally Liepāja, the second event of the FIA European rally championship (ERC), has received applications from 51 crews in 20 countries. Among those, Poland is the most represented with 10 entries, followed by 8 entries from Latvia and 5 each from the Czech Republic and Russia. The rally will take place from February 6 to 8 on the roads of Liepāja and Kuldīga regions, and will also be the first event of the ERC Junior championship with 15 entrants. Two locally well-known crews – Gryazin/Lebedik and Sirmacis/Šimins – will begin to fight for the Junior title with the most talented young drivers of Europe in their Sports Racing Technologies prepared cars.
Liepāja – a city in western Latvia, on the coast of the Baltic Sea – is known in winters as one of the most beautifully decorated cities in the whole country. If you look up while on the central street, you will see the whitest snowflake laces, which will bring back memories of childhood, the taste of gingerbread and make you believe in miracles again. The unique smelt fishermen lights over the frozen city canal aid in creating a magical atmosphere.
The organisers of Rally Liepāja, the second event of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), have received official applications from 21 crew, including two from Peugeot Rally Academy, which will be represented by Craig Breen from Ireland and Diogu Gagu from Portugal. Lotos Rally Team driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz, who claimed a dominant victory in the first FIA ERC event of the year, will also start in Liepaja. Multiple notable local drivers will also be taking part, including the 2014 Latvian rally champion Jānis Vorobjovs. Registration for Rally Liepaja is open until January 22, while the race itself will take place on the roads near Liepaja and Kuldiga between February 6 and 8.
The 2014 season has only just come to an end, yet it’s already time for the Peugeot Rally Academy to look ahead to its 2015 campaign with the 208 T16 and 208 R2. For its third year, the squad will feature three drivers, including team-leader Craig Breen, who will start in Liepāja for the third time.
FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) promoter Eurosport Events has created a package of financial rewards in partnership with several key stakeholders to assist drivers without manufacturer support competing in the ERC.
The native of Jēkabpils, Reinis Nitišs, who just concluded his first World Rallycross Championship season by finishing third overall in the Supercar category, will take part in 2015 European Rally Championship event Rally Liepāja. Reinis will be driving a Ford Fiesta R2 prepared by the Latvian rally team Sports Racing Technologies. His coach and co-driver will be Latvian rally champion Māris Neikšāns.
The three time Latvian champion in R2 class, Ralfs Sirmacis, will represent "SRT” in the ERC Junior Championship, representing Latvia in all six events.
Starting today, the rally passes to FIA European rally championship and Latvian Rally Championship winter event Rally Liepāja, are available in six points of sales in Latvia. Rally pass price, if bought before 31 December, is 18.00 euros, while those who buy them in 2015 will have to pay 25.00 euros per rally pass.
The largest revelation of the 2014 ERC season was, again, the Baltic states, who showed that they clearly know how a race should be organized, said the ERC coordinator Jean-Pierre Nicolas, who visited Latvia to check the next year’s Rally Liepāja course.
For the third year in a row, Rally Liepāja will host the Latvian event of the FIA European rally championship (ERC), taking place on the roads of Kurzeme region on February 6-8, 2015. Rally Liepāja will also host two Latvian rally championship events. In a change from the previous years, special stages will take place not only on the challenging roads around Liepāja and Kuldīga, but there is also going to be a super special city stage held in Liepāja – something rarely seen in winter events!
Vasily Gryazin’s stunning second place finish on Rally Liepāja, round two of the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, has earned the young Russian the prestigious Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy.
Sunday, February 2, 2014 saw the final day of the FIA European Rally Championship event Rally Liepāja. The rally was won by Škoda Motorsport crew Esapekka Lappi/ Janne Ferm (Škoda Fabia S2000), who gained lead over the second placed Vasily Gryazin/ Dmitry Chumak only during the second part of the day. Third place finish to Peugeot Rally Academy crew Craig Breen/ Scott Martin.