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.
- Esapekka Lappi / Janne Ferm, Rally Liepāja 2014 (©FIAERC.COM)
What? Where? When?
For the third year in a row, Rally Liepāja is the Latvian round of the European Rally Championship, this year taking place over three days – from February 6 to 8. The rally will consist of 11 Special Stages, with a total stage distance of 205 kilometers, to be covered over Saturday and Sunday on the roads of Liepāja and Kuldīga regions. During the opening ceremony, spectators will have an opportunity to meet their favorite drivers and get their autographs on specifically made autograph cards prepared by the city of Liepāja.
For those who haven’t bought their rally passes yet, they are available for purchase at special selling points set up on the larger roads near the special stages. One point of sale near Kuldiga (in Priedaine) will be open on Saturday, February 7, while the other, between Liepāja and Skrunda (in Kalvene) will be open on Sunday, February 8. Precise locations of points of sale available on the official website HERE (marked with € sign). We would like to remind spectators that you will only be able to buy a single stage ticket at the entrance of the stages, so please buy the rally passes before heading to the special stages.
Special Stage maps
The Special Stage maps, descriptions of best spectator points with GPS coordinates, interviews with Rally Liepāja participants and other useful information can be found in the February edition of TopGear Latvija magazine, which is available in most stores in Latvia.
Results and news
It will be possible to follow live stage results on the Latvian Rally Championship official website www.autorally.lv, which also has a mobile-friendly version. The results, along with driver comments after the stages, will also be available on the European Rally Championship website www.fiaerc.com. You can also follow the news on the Rally Liepāja official website www.lvrally.com and in social media: Twitter @LVRally, Facebook /LVRally and YouTube /RallyLiepāja.
During the rally, all the news from the stages will be available on radio Star FM. Rally radio will be providing you with the results, interviews with the drivers after stages and expert commentary from the studio. All the official information from the rally center, including possible changes to the itinerary, will also be mentioned on air.
Rally reviews on TV
Eurosport operators will be closely following all the action and show a daily review (from Friday to Sunday) on their channel to an audience in 60 different countries. The reviews will also be recast in Latvian on the local TV channel TV6. Precise airtimes for the daily reviews are available on the official website of the rally at www.lvrally.com.
Optibet Winter Cup hockey tournament
On Saturday, February 7, the spectators at SS 2/4 Kuldīga spectator point No. 3, will be able to follow the Optibet Winter Cup hockey tournament, starting at 11:00. The games will take place on a frozen pond right next to the stage, giving spectators the opportunity to follow both the rally and the great battles on the hockey rink.
GPS data of the competitors
Rally Liepāja followers will also be able to check the exact location of their favorite drivers during the race. This will be provided by mounting a GPS transmitter in each car, which is generally used so that the rally personnel can follow what is going on in the stages. During Rally Liepāja, this signal will be publicly available, and spectators will be able to follow both the location and the current speed of their favorite drivers. The GPS map will be available on www.autorally.lv.
Rally Liepāja would like to remind spectators to be cautious and follow the instructions of the safety marshals at the stages. We would also like to ask the more experienced spectators to assist in providing for a safe viewing of the rally – please take care of and assist the newer fans, who might be visiting their first rally. Information about places where spectators aren’t allowed is included in the safety leaflet included in each ticket kit.
Rally Liepāja partners
The FIA European Rally Championship event Rally Liepāja is possible because of the support of the government of Latvia and the rally city Liepāja. We would also like to thank our sponsors Neste Oil, Sporta bārs Optibet and Vivus.lv, and our partners – the city of Kuldīga, rally center at Liepājas Olimpiskais Centrs and rally insurer BTA – as well as our supporters Canon ibServiss Liepāja, SweCon, Baltijas Helikopters and Castrol. Information about the rally is available on the official news portal DELFI, rally radio StarFM, as well as Top Gear Latvija, Kurzemes radio, Ātruma Cilts and Rietumu Radio. We would also like to thank the valuable support by Rally Liepāja friends at: Ramirent, RedBull, Dardedze, Torley, Jānis Pūce, Ecorent, Guard Systems, N&J, Kurši, FN Serviss, Liepājas Datoru Centrs, SignTech, Sidusnet, Aspasia, Skrīveru Saldumi and Grandeg.