FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 8 OF 8
FIA ERC JUNIOR U27/ERC JUNIOR U28 ROUND 6 OF 6
THE RALLY IN 100 WORDSRally Liepāja, first held in 2013 when it ran up Latvia’s Baltic coast from Liepāja to Ventspils, was to open the 2016 ERC schedule in February. However, higher-than-normal temperatures damaged stage surfaces, prompting concerns over safety and the state of the public roads. It was rescheduled to autumn and the new date effectively made for an all-new rally as crews adjusted to gravel stages free of snow and ice. As well as hosting an asphalt street stage, Liepāja is home to the ceremonial start and finish. The city’s Great Amber concert hall is the setting for the ERC end-of-season awards.
1: Liepāja, the City of Winds, was awarded the title European City of Sport in 2016 with European-level championships and tournaments for basketball, football, hockey, tennis, windsurfing and, of course, rallying, taking place in the city.
2: Indeed, Liepāja’s rallying heritage dates back to 1965 – when Latvia was still under Soviet rule – with the motorsports club at the city’s milk factory organising events under the guidance of Uldis Sesks, Chairman of Liepāja City Council and father of ERC Junior Under 27 Championship aspirant Mārtiņš Sesks.
3: Central to Liepāja’s sporting prowess is the Liepāja Olympic Centre, a state-of-the-art multifunctional building, which houses Rally HQ for the week of the event.
4: Motorised competition of a different kind will be coming to Liepāja from 6-8 October when the Festival of speed Kurzeme (the region in which Liepāja is located) takes place complete with the final event of the Latvian Powerboats Championship.
5: Sklandrausis is a popular dish in the Kurzeme region. It’s a mashed carrot-potato tart made from rye flour.
EVENT ESSENTIALS (all timings local and subject to change)
Starts: 20h30, Friday 6 October, Jūras iela 16, Liepāja
Finishes: 16h10, Sunday 8 October, Pulvera iela, Liepāja
Headquarters: Liepāja Olympic Centre, Brīvības iela 39, Liepāja
Service park: Pulvera iela, Liepāja (approximately 6.0 kilometres from event HQ)
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): Four (2013-2016)
Stage distance: 204.22 (97.05kms leg one, 107.17kms leg two)
Liaison: 496.08 kilometres
Total: 723.15 kilometres
Surface: Mainly gravel (Liepāja City Stage all-asphalt)
MEDIA INFORMATION (all timings local and subject to change)
Media Accreditation Centre/Media Centre location: Liepāja Olympic Centre, Brīvības iela 39, Liepāja
Opening times: 09h00-22h00, Thursday 5 October; 09h00-22h00, Friday 6 October; 08h00-22h00, Saturday 7 October; 07h00-22h00, Sunday 8 October
MEDIA EVENTS (all timings local and subject to change)
THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER
Pre-event safety briefing (mandatory for all photographers and TV crews): Details to be confirmed
FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER
Free Practice (priority drivers): 13h00, Dunalk Parish, Liepāja region (3.02kms)
Qualifying Stage (priority drivers): 15h30, Dunalk Parish (3.02 kms)
Shakedown (for non-priority drivers): 17h00-18h00, Dunalk Parish, (3.02kms)
Start order selection, FIA Action for Road Safety photograph, Pre-event press conference: From 18h45, Jūras iela 16, Liepāja (next to Great Amber concert hall)
Ceremonial start: 20h30, Jūras iela 16, Liepāja (next to Great Amber concert hall)
SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER
Finish podium: From 16h10, Pulvera iela, Liepāja
Post-rally press conference: 18h00, Media Centre, Brīvības iela 39, Liepāja
Television coverage: Daily highlights, rally review and ERC All Access magazine show on Eurosport and Eurosport Player, plus additional coverage on other national and international networks, including TV6 in Latvia, plus Fox Sports Asia, Garage TV (Spain), OSN (Middle East and North Africa region), NEO Sports (India and neighbouring countries) and Velocity (North America)
ERC Radio: Live throughout the event at FIAERC.com or through the ERC app
Results, standings, live timing and text commentary: www.fiaerc.com
Rights-free images: Register at http://media.fiaerc.com
ERC press officer: Richard Rodgers, firstname.lastname@example.org, +447503871575
Event press officer: Jānis Unbedahts, email@example.com, +37126557801
2016: Ralfs Sirmacis/Arturs Šimins (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Peugeot 208 T16)
2014: Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (ŠKODA Fabia S2000)
2013: Jari Ketomaa/Kaj Lindström (Ford Fiesta RRC) Rally ran for the first time