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RALLY LIEPĀJA

12-14 October 2018, Liepāja, Latvia (gravel)

The brainchild of rally driver turned promoter Raimonds Strokšs and first run to great acclaim in 2013, Rally Liepāja was originally a winter event but switched to the autumn for 2016. The new date effectively made for an all-new rally as crews adjusted to gravel stages 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. And with its new format now firmly established, this forward-thinking rally serves as a fitting season finale with Liepāja proving to be a popular destination for fans and competitors.

Event eligibility:

FIA European Rally Championship 2018, round 8 of 8
FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship 2018, round 6 of 6
FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship 2018, round 6 of 6

Also counting for... 

​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, ERC Nations' Cup, ERC Ladies' Trophy


Previous winners:

2017: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
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

Starts: 20h30, Friday 12 October, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
Finishes: 18h00, Sunday 14 October, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
Headquarters: Liepāja Olympic Centre, Brīvības Street 39, Liepāja
Service park: Jelgavas Street, Liepāja
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): Five
Stages: 12
Stage distance: 205.83 kilometres (111.55 kilometres leg one, 94.28 kilometres leg two)
Liaison: 618.46 kilometres
Total: 824.29 kilometres
Surface: Gravel

Free Practice (for priority drivers): 13h00-15h20, Friday 12 October (3.02 kilometres, Dunalka Parish)
Qualifying Stage (for priority drivers): 15h30-16h50, Friday 12 October (3.02 kilometres, Dunalka Parish)
Shakedown (for all drivers): 17h00-18h00, Friday 12 October (3.02 kilometres, Dunalka Parish)
Start order selection: 19h00, Friday 12 October, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
Ceremonial start: 20h30, Friday 12 October, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
 
MEDIA INFORMATION

Media accreditation:
Location: Media Centre, Liepāja Olympic Centre, Brīvības Street 39, Liepāja
Opening hours: 
Thursday 11 October: 09h00-22h00
Friday 12 October: 09h00-22h00
Saturday 13 October: 09h00-22h00
Sunday 14 October: 09h00-22h00
 
Media centre:
Location: Liepāja Olympic Centre, Brīvības Street 39, Liepāja
Opening hours: 
Thursday 11 October: 09h00-22h00
Friday 12 October: 09h00-22h00
Saturday 13 October: 09h00-22h00
Sunday 14 October: 09h00-22h00
 
Television coverage: Daily highlights, rally review and Inside ERC magazine show on Eurosport and Eurosport Player, plus additional coverage on a number of other channels around the world, including TV6 in Latvia
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
Event media contact: Jānis Unbedahts, +371 26557801, janis@raevents.lv

MEDIA EVENTS

FRIDAY 12 OCTOBER
Mandatory Media Safety Briefing: 10h00, Media Centre, Liepāja Olympic Centre, Brīvības Street 39, Liepāja*
**NEW ACTIVITY: Drivers’ parade: 18h30, Liepāja. Route available here: http://2018.lvrally.com/upload/images/20181010_m1_rallyliepaja2018.jpg ***
Start order selection: 19h00, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
FIA Action for Road Safety photo call: 19h10, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
Pre-event press conference: 19h15, next to LOC Maneza, Brīvības Street 39, Liepāja
Ceremonial start: 20h30, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja

SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER
Podium ceremony: 18h00, Brīvības Street 55, Liepāja
Post-rally press conference: 19h30, Media Centre, Liepāja Olympic Centre, Brīvības Street 39, Liepāja
 
*A second session takes place at 17h30 (Media Centre). Accredited photographers must attend one of the two sessions to obtain their tabard.