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Rally Liepaja (Latvia) (J) - NEW DATE 14-16 Aug 20

Posted: May 17, 2020 9:24 AM - 813 Hits

WAS 29-31 May 20, WAS 10-12 Jul 20
Round 3 - 2020 European Rally Championship (ERC)
J - Counting Round of ERC Junior Championship

Rally Liepaja gets new mid-August FIA ERC date

Posted: May 17, 2020 9:24 AM

Rally Liepaja has been re-scheduled to a mid-August date, while the 77th running of Rally Poland has been put back to 2021 when the event celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Using high-speed stages around the cities of Liepaja and Talsi, Rally Liepaja will take place from 14-16 August** as the second round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

Although extensive efforts were made to reschedule Rally Poland after its original date of 26-28 June was no longer achievable due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was not possible to secure a workable slot on the calendar.

While the event won’t run in 2020, discussions are already underway between organiser PZM (Polish Automobile and Motorcycle Federation) and ERC promoter Eurosport Events to finalise a date on the provisional calendar for 2021, which marks the rally’s centenary year.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said:
“We are very pleased we have found a calendar solution for Rally Liep?ja and we thank all those who have made this possible, particularly the FIA. Naturally we are disappointed the ERC won’t be visiting Poland this year, particularly given all the hard work and planning that has been undertaken and the warm welcome we always receive. However, we are already looking ahead to the 77th Rally Poland taking place in 2021 and to joining PZM in celebrating the 100-year milestone, which is a tremendous achievement.

“Our road map since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis has been to keep as much as possible all rallies included on the original calendar. Clearly this remains challenging given the ever-changing situation and the constant need to respect government restrictions. The health and safety of all remains the absolute priority and will never be compromised, after all.

“In the meantime, the thoughts of the ERC family remain with those whose loved ones have passed or have fallen ill as a result of COVID-19. Many jobs have been lost and people are in very challenging situations so it is vitally important that all official advice is followed.”

Raimonds Strokšs, Director of RA Events, Rally Liep?ja promoter, said:
“These are very changing times we are living right now. A lot of news regarding the world-wide pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus and how countries are responding to control the spread of it, is resulting in rapidly changing circumstances and government sanctions. We as organisers are left in the middle of it – trying to ensure public health, while also finding a way to host a major sports event. As stated before – we are not here to put rally ahead of health and safety of our competitors, spectators, and personnel; thus, together with our partners Eurosport Events, FIA, Government of Latvia, rally cities Liep?ja and Talsi, a déjà vu decision has been made to once again reschedule the running of Rally Liep?ja to August. It might be just a couple of weeks later, but as there are no long-term decisions, we will try each and every option that is available to host Rally Liep?ja in 2020. I would pinpoint that all the parties are working hard to make sure a great Rally Liep?ja takes place in Latvia. We will continue our work, consult the experts, and hopefully the situation will normalise and we can all return to on-site rallying. But while we wait that, please follow the guidelines put forth by your local authorities, as that will speed-up the recovery process. Stay safe.”

Micha? Sikora, President, PZM, said:
“Rally Poland is every year one of the most important, not only motorsport, events on the calendar in our country. Preparations for such a large international competition last almost the whole year, with the rally attracting crowds of fans from Poland and abroad. The rally is an unenclosed event of a mass nature and it is not possible to carry it out when it is difficult to predict when the existing restrictions will be lifted. There is no alternative for safety of competitors and spectators and no compromise in this area. After numerous consultations with our partners, we took the only reasonable decision to postpone the 77th Rally Poland to next year. We have already declared our will to run our rally as a round of the next year's European championship. Miko?ajki and the picturesque Masurian Lake District will stay as the venue of the event, which will be the setting of the centenary of our classic rally.”

Poland will not be replaced on the FIA ERC1 Junior and FIA ERC3 Junior schedules, which will now comprise five rounds with competitors counting their best four scores. This will enable them to focus their expenditure on a reduced roster of rallies.

**Date subject to FIA validation

High-speed FIA ERC action Rally Liepaja-style planned for this summer

Posted: April 22, 2020 4:09 PM

*Subject to FIA approval, spectacular gravel event will run from 10-12 July
*Replacement date in response to coronavirus pandemic
*Thoughts remain with those affected by COVID-19 outbreak
*All urged to follow official guidelines and stay safe at home

Rally Liep?ja will provide FIA European Rally Championship drivers with fast-paced action from 10-12 July** following an adjustment to the ERC calendar for 2020.

Originally planned to run from 29-31 May, the event has been rescheduled to a summer date in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting government restrictions that are in place in Latvia and Europe as a whole.

But while it was the collective wish of event promoter RA Events, ERC promoter Eurosport Events and governing body the FIA, to finalise a replacement date as quickly as possible following last week’s postponement, all thoughts are with those people whose loved ones have passed or have fallen ill as a result of COVID-19.

Furthermore, many jobs have been lost and people find themselves in very challenging situations so it is vitally important that all official advice is followed and people stay safe and stay home.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “Of course the health and safety of everyone is the priority right now but as part of our ongoing efforts to maintain the planned eight-round schedule, we are pleased that a replacement date has been agreed upon, subject to final FIA validation.

“We would like to thank the FIA, RA Events, the Latvian ASN and the various authorities in Latvia for their ongoing cooperation and we hope our teams and drivers will be able to commit to this new date to ensure the eighth running of Rally Liep?ja emulates the success of the previous seven editions.”

Raimonds Strokšs, Director of RA Events, said: “We are glad that we have the date set so fast, and there is some sort of clarity now. Though, I would like to stress that the safe running of the event remains our top priority. Therefore, we will remain in constant consultations with authorities, to make sure running of the event is safe. As for now, stay safe, and let us meet in July.”

The 2020 ERC season is set to begin on 77th Rally Poland from 26-28 June.

**Date subject to FIA validation

Event Postponed

Posted: April 14, 2020 8:12 AM

Considering global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus, running of the 2020 Rally Liep?ja, which has been planned for May 29-31, has been postponed indefinitely. Latvian round of the FIA European Rally Championship is the third event to be postponed due to global pandemic – following the events in Portugal and Spain that have been moved to September and December respectively.

“Organising a safe rally has always been our top priority. It should be a racing event that is safe for all the competitors, spectators, and our personnel. A couple of months ago it seemed that the global situation would cool down and normalize by the end of May, but the belief gradually dissipated as more and more news came in reporting the expanding nature of the Covid-19 globally,” comments Rally Liep?ja director Raimonds Strokšs.

“We must also consider that Rally Liep?ja is part of the FIA European Rally Championship and we are obliged to monitor and evaluate the situation not only in Latvia, but all over Europe. To run the event in May, we must be sure that all the parties will be allowed to leave their homes, so we can ensure a fair competition to all the crews.

At this moment we are working closely with our partners Eurosport Events, FIA, and rally cities Liep?ja and Talsi to find a mutual solution and to postpone the event to a later date, when, according to experts, we will be able to organise a safe event in Latvia. But till then – stay home, and be safe!” concludes Raimonds Strokšs.

FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liep?ja is possible thanks to the support provided by the Latvian government, rally city Liep?ja, as well as the Talsi region. Thanks to our sponsors Neste, Ramirent, and SC Grupa, our car rental partner Sixt, as well as supporters Canon Business Center – IB Serviss, Liep?jas Olimpiskais Centrs, Pafbet, and Swecon. Informative support is provided by DELFI and media partners JCDecaux Latvija, Kurzemes V?rds, Sporta Av?ze, Talsu V?stis, and Zebra. The event would also not be possible without the involvement of all Rally Liep?ja friends: Baltic Taxi, Flora, FN Serviss, Fristads, J?nis P?ce, Latvijas P?rtikas Ražot?js, Lofbergs, MB Grupa, Meža D?rzs, Red Bull, SignTech, Sportland, and Törley. Rally Liep?ja is taking place with the support of Aizpute, Durbe, Grobi?a and Priekule regions. A special thank you goes out to the Latvian Automobile Federation.

News and other information about Rally Liep?ja can be found on the official website at www.lvrally.com, as well as on social media Twitter @LVRally, Facebook /LVRally, draugiem.lv /lvrally, YouTube /RallyLiep?ja and Instagram /lvrally.

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