Home hero Sirmacis out to thrill the fans on ERC Rally Liepāja
Ralfs Sirmacis admits the pressure will be on him to perform on Rally Liepāja this weekend, but hopes to deliver a home FIA European Rally Championship win for the local crowds. The 22-year-old Latvian has already scored two ERC victories in his first four events in his Sports Racing Technologies-run, ŠKODA Baltic Motorsport-backed Fabia R5 after stepping up from the ERC Junior Championship for 2016. “At the moment I’m not stressed, I’m just trying to focus and properly prepare for the start,” he said. “I know that at this ERC round everybody expects the best from me because this rally takes place in Latvia and I’m Latvian. I feel a little pressure, because a lot of my fans will be watching my performance. I will try to do my best and provide them a victory!” The 2016 Rally Liepāja, which is taking place as a pure gravel event for the first time, begins with the Qualifying Stage on Friday 16 September, followed by 13 competitive stages across Saturday and Sunday.
Winner takes all in Liepāja ERC Junior battle
The battle for the FIA ERC Junior Championship will come down to a title decider in Latvia this week with Opel team-mates and rising stars Chris Ingram and Marijan Griebel locked in a thrilling fight for glory.
Liepāja local lad steps up after ERC Junior Experience
Mārtiņš Sesks will make his full FIA European Rally Championship debut on his home event Rally Liepāja this weekend having taken part in the ERC Junior Experience this year.
Event preview: Sirmacis chasing home success as Kajetanowicz nears ERC crown in Latvia
Young Latvian Ralfs Sirmacis will hope to add a victory on home soil to his impressive first season at the top level of the FIA European Rally Championship on Rally Liepāja next weekend (16-18 September).
Breen bids to add more asphalt success to ERC Circuit win with Citroën
Craig Breen hopes to have two more successful outings on asphalt with Citroën in the coming weeks, potentially adding to his victory on the FIA European Rally Championship’s Circuit of Ireland earlier this year.
Peter Silberberg, 1958–2016
The FIA European Rally Championship community lost a much-loved member of its family just after the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, when Peter Silberberg passed away at his home in Edinburgh, Scotland, aged 57.
UPCOMING ERC EVENTS
Rally Liepāja, 16-18 September 2016:
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