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Herczig ready for “very extremely fast” ERC counter

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 10:00

MOL Racing Team's Norbert Herczig reckons he’s well prepared for his Rally Liepāja debut this weekend.

The four-time Hungarian champion didn’t include the Latvian gravel contest in his 2018 FIA European Rally Championship schedule, so is hoping to make up for last year’s absence with a strong run in his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing-prepared Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

“It’s very extremely fast but we have a rally in Hungary quite similar close to the border with Austria,” said Herczig. “We could drive there quite well and reach a quite good result, so for me the character of these roads is perfect.”

Herczig tested in Latvia earlier this week and was satisfied with progress. “We could try some new developments on the Volkswagen from BRR, we could try new tyres from Michelin which were perfect for me and I hope we can do a good result.

“The difference is in the shock absorbers, it’s very successful already. They gave more grip in the fast corners and the brake distance is much better.”

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Fiesta five alive in ERC

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 08:00

Five of the new-for-2019 Ford Fiesta R2Ts will be in action in the FIA European Rally Championship this weekend.

Pedro Antunes, Erik Cais, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi, Gregor Jeets and Ken Torn will all have the M-Sport Poland-developed machine at their disposal on Rally Liepāja.

The quintet is eligible for the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship, which Franceschi won on Rally Islas Canarias earlier this month.

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ERC champion Lukyanuk says every score counts

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk admits he can’t falter again in his bid to win the FIA European Rally Championship for a second season running.

Lukyanuk has yet to record a finish in this season’s ERC and needs to strike back on Rally Liepāja in his Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

“Of course we’ve lost our two jokers let’s say and now we have to score in each rally,” said the Russian. “It’s not the best thing but last year we won the first two events but then lost the third and fourth. I hope we can achieve good results on the next rallies but I never estimate something and expect. I just go a little by little, do what we can and hope it works.”

Lukyanuk starts P14 on Saturday’s opening leg, one place ahead of Qualifying Stage pacesetter Oliver Solberg. The seventh Rally Liepāja begins with the 14.72-kilometre Talsi stage from 12h00 local time.

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Nobre opts to go first on ERC Rally Liepāja

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 20:17

Paulo Nobre will run first on the road on the opening leg of Rally Liepāja, round three of the FIA European Rally Championship.

The Brazilian was the penultimate driver to choose his road order based on the results of the Qualifying Stage and was expected to opt for second place.

Instead, he chose to open the road and spare Dmitry Feofanov – who was P15 in qualifying – the task of cleaning Saturday’s stages of the worst of the loose-surface gravel.

Afterwards Nobre said: “I did the same last year so why change?”

Oliver Solberg, who was first to pick after winning the Qualifying Stage, chose P15 – the lowest positon possible – with Alexey Lukyanuk, who was second to pick, opting for P14 with Filip Mareš following suit with P13.

This is where the top 15 drivers from the Qualifying Stage chose to run on the road on leg one:

15 Oliver Solberg
14 Alexey Lukyanuk
13 Filip Mareš
12 Mārtiņš Sesks
11 Łukasz Habaj
10 Chris Ingram
9 Norbert Herczig
8 Vaidotas Žala
7 Mattias Adielsson
6 Eyvind Brynildsen
5 Marijan Griebel
4 Tibor Érdi Jr
3 Albert von Thurn und Taxis
2 Dmitry Feofanov
1 Paulo Nobre

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ERC Rally Liepāja celebrates FIA Volunteers Weekend

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 19:48

Drivers, co-drivers and officials joined forces to celebrate the start of the FIA Volunteers Weekend at Rally Liepāja.

They gathered for a photocall ahead of the FIA European Rally Championship getting underway in Latvia this evening.

Taking place from 24-26 May, the FIA Volunteers Weekend celebrates those who dedicate their time to make motorsport possible around the world. Capitalising on a busy weekend of FIA competition, 10 race events – including the FIA European Rally Championship from Eurosport Events – will raise awareness and give thanks to the volunteers who carry out the wide variety of essential roles without which motorsport would simply not happen.

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Nucita fastest in ERC Abarth Rally Cup as 0.5s covers top three

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 17:16

Andrea Nucita impressed on his first start on gravel in his Abarth 124 rally, beating category rivals Reinis Nitišs and Dariusz Poloński on the Rally Liepāja Qualifying Stage as 0.5s covered the trio.

Italian Nucita set a 1m43.005s best with Latvian FIA Wold Rallycross Championship star Nitišs 0.534s behind on his Abarth Rally Cup debut. Pole Poloński, meanwhile, was a mere 0.33s adrift of Nitišs and 0.567s down on Nucita.

Nucita, Nitišs and Poloński will continue their battle for Abarth Rally Cup glory and the €12,000 handed to the winner from 12h00 tomorrow when the 15.14-kilometre Talsi stage gets underway.

Photo: Julian Porter/ERC Radio

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Oliver Solberg flies to ERC Qualifying Stage best

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 16:51

Teenage talent Oliver Solberg made an instant impact on his FIA ERC1 Junior Championship debut with the fastest overall time on the Qualifying Stage for Rally Liepāja.

Driving his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 on gravel for the first time, Petter Solberg’s 17-year-old son completed the 3.00-kilometre run in 1m29.590s, edging out defending European champion Alexey Lukyanuk by 0.580s.

“I had an advantage over the guys in front with the line but it was a good stage, I pushed and I am very happy,” said Solberg, who earns the right to chose his starting position first for Saturday’s opening leg.

Despite going second quickest, Lukyanuk was far from happy in his Citroën C3 R5. He said: “It was not fantastic. I was playing with the set-up but it was not working the way I want it. The car is hard to drive at the moment, on one hand it’s too soft then unstable in places.”

ACCR Czech Rally Team Filip Mareš but reckoned he could have gone faster had he not gone “too wide” in one corner.

Local hero Mārtiņš Sesks, who is taking part in the first of two prize drives for winning the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship crown in 2018, was a fourth quickest on his R5 debut.

“I stalled at the start, a really stupid mistake,” said the Liepāja resident. “I lost more than one second and it’s like it is. The stage was very good and it’s a nice battle between me and Oliver. We haven’t battled since we were driving R2 cars last year.”

Łukasz Habaj, the leader of the FIA European Rally Championship after two rounds was fifth quickest with Chris Ingram, who heads the ERC1 Junior standings, in sixth. MOL Racing Team’s Norbert Herczig and ERC newcomer Vaidotas Žala were seventh and eighth respectively.

Mattias Adielsson reported the electrical issue that plagued him in testing has been fixed but he admitted to losing time with a “big, big powerslide” in his Sweden National Team Citroën C3 R5. He was ninth fastest, one place ahead of Eyvind Brynildsen, who admitted he couldn’t have gone faster on his first gravel rally since this event last October.

Double ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel was P11 and far from satisfied: “For sure it was a nice stage, a lot of fun to drive but it was not a good qualifying, it’s never been my speciality,” said the German.

Tibor Érdi, the two-time winner of the ERC2 title, was P12 with Albert von Thurn und Taxis P13 on his debut in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Brazilian Paulo Nobre was P14.

ERC2 newcomer Dmitry Feofanov was the last four-wheel-drive runner to set a time and ended up quickest in class in P15, which means he’ll be the last driver to pick his road position for leg one. And with drivers aiming to run as low down the order as possible to take advantage of a more stable road surface, Feofanov could end up running first on the road on Saturday.

Alexandros Tsouloftas suffered what he described as a “bad qualifying” in his Toksport Fabia. “The engine stopped three times. In a tight corner it stalled and the engine was not starting for a minute. We had this problem in testing and it seems like it’s not been fixed.”

Andrea Nucita was the quickest of the Abarth Rally Cup contingent with Jean-Baptiste Franceschi setting the pace in ERC3 and ERC3 Junior on his Rally Liepāja debut. He beat fellow Ford Fiesta R2T driver Ken Torn, who is competing in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category for the first time with backing from the Estonian Autosport Union. Sindre Furuseth was third quickest in his Saintéloc Junior Team Peugeot 208 R2.

The start selection ceremony takes place in Liepāja at 20h00.

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Double trouble as Muradian prepares for first ERC start in R5 car

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 16:00

Artur Muradian’s FIA European Rally Championship debut in an R5 car on Rally Liepāja hasn’t quite gone to plan.

Following a testing off on Wednesday, the Russian was also in trouble during his second run in Free Practice this afternoon as he adapted to his Ford Fiesta R5 with only limited experience to call on.

The former ERC3 regular explained what went wrong in testing: “We got used to the car so we fitted new gravel tyres and had two runs there and back. On the return run returning to the mechanics in a slow corner I cut the bank too strong and the car just made two flips. Unfortunately, it landed on its side so we had to wait for people to come to put it back on its wheels.”

He continued: “When the car made the second flip we hit young trees, but they were like a cushion because if they were not there we would have made three or four flips in the forest. When I got out of the car I was my side up and I saw some of the trees were on the exhaust and started to smoke a bit so I had to put that out.

“It’s my first time in an R5 car. I didn’t have time to test it because we are fun drivers not professional ones. Our goal is to bring the car home to get used to it. We are in the right position in terms of the progress, it was a silly mistake, it was mine but I am not sure it will happen in the race because we will be a bit more careful.”

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Polonski, Nucita prepare to take on home hero Nitiss in ERC Abarth Rally Cup

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 14:00

Having tamed the demanding all-asphalt stages of Rally Islas Canarias, Dariusz Poloński and Andrea Nucita now face Rally Liepāja’s high-speed gravel roads – and local hero Reinis Nitišs in their battle for Abarth Rally Cup glory.

Nitišs, an FIA World Rallycross Championship event winner and one of Latvia’s biggest sporting stars, is joining the Abarth Rally Cup ranks as a wildcard entrant.

Although he has knowledge of the Rally Liepāja route, including the new stages in the Talsi region, he’s still getting to grips with his Pirelli-equipped Abarth 124 rally having only sampled the car in recent testing.

Of the Abarth Rally Cup drivers in action in Latvia, Poloński is best-placed in the standings with 15 points, three more than Nucita who is on 12 points.

Abarth Rally Cup competitors chase an extremely attractive prize fund on each round with the winner earning €12,000, second place receiving €10,000, third position earning €8,000 and fourth being handed €4,000 plus four Pirelli tyres.

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Mission possible: How ERC’s Cais came back from the brink

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 12:00

ERC3 Junior Erik Cais will make his Rally Liepāja debut after his Orsák Rallysport team and car builder M-Sport joined forces to get a brand new Ford Fiesta R2T from Poland to Latvia just in time.

Cais crashed heavily in testing on Wednesday, rolling five times and damaging his original Fiesta beyond immediate repair.

Faced with the possibility that Cais would not be able to start the rally, a plan was hastily hatched to source a replacement car from M-Sport Poland.

With little time to spare, a team from Orsák Rallysport in Czech Republic were despatched from its base close to Zlín in the south of the country to M-Sport Poland’s headquarters in Krakow – a distance of some 265 kilometres – where a new Fiesta was being readied for collection.

At the same time, a second team from Orsák Rallysport was on route from Liepāja to Poland with the damaged Fiesta.

Having collected the new car, the first Orsák Rallysport crew headed north to Warsaw – and another 290 kilometres of driving – where a meeting point had been arranged for a car and trailer swap to take place.

While the first Orsák Rallysport headed home to Czech Republic with the damaged car, the second team embarked on the 727-kilometre journey back to Liepāja with a new car and trailer. And with the new Fiesta already rally-ready, there was even time to reapply the grey wrapping and the decals of Cais’s sponsors ahead of scrutineering getting underway this morning.

“Our Fiesta was not in good shape to start the rally,” said Cais. “But thanks to the great relationship between Orsák Rallysport and M-Sport we have a new car to start the rally so thanks to everybody.”

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New Talsi stages to thrill ERC crews

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:00

Rally Liepāja’s revamped route will provide an exciting challenge for the FIA European Rally Championship crews competing in Latvia this week.

For 2019, the rally organisers, RA Events, have incorporated into leg one the legendary ‘Golden Fund’ of stages around the city of Talsi, which is located approximately two hours northeast of Liepāja.

ERC Radio’s Julian Porter, once a factory-backed driver in the British Rally Championship and a points scorer at European level, joined fellow reporter Chris Rawes on a reconnaissance of the new stages.

After completing SS2 (Swecon) and SS5 (EGP Latvia), which use the same start location, Porter remarked on the high-speed nature of the 14.72-kilomete SS2 and the narrow section that features in the 15.15-kilometre SS5.

Of the 28.36-kilometre SS3, Ramirent, Porter said: “It’s a real mix but a great stage with wide, fast and loose gravel roads at the start. Then from 13 kilometres it’s a mix of narrow roads on two surfaces, loose gravel and then a smooth clay surface. There is also a short section in the trees that are over hanging the road a lot.

“The road in general is very soft and could cut up in the junctions, acceleration and braking areas. Also road cleaning will be a factor on the loose sections.”

Photos: Julian Porter/ERC Radio

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Remennik revved up for “cool” times in ERC2

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 08:00

Sergei Remennik can’t wait for Rally Liepāja to begin later today – because of the “cool” entry list in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category.

Russian ace Remennik will face competition from a host of drivers including Baltic blasters Ralfs Sirmacis (Latvia) and Vytautas Švedas (Lithuania). Kuwaiti newcomer Mshari Al-Thefiri and 2017 ERC2 title contender Zelindo Melegari (Italy) will also be in the battle for honours, as will Abarth Rally Cup trio Reinis Nitišs (Latvia), Dariusz Poloński (Poland) and Andrea Nucita (Italy).

“I like the Baltic races very much and I’m glad to return to Latvia,” said Remennik. “I’m also pleased with the our division's entry list – it’s cool there are guys who will drive very fast! At the same time, we will finally be able to evaluate how the Abarth 124 rally will feel on the gravel surface.”

Remennik, who will be co-driven by Marina Danilova, in place of regular wingman Mark Rozin, continued: “Taking into consideration that in the Canaries we didn’t score points at all, our maximum task would be to try to collect all the possible points. But it’s a long race and everything can change.”

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ERC supports FIA Volunteers Weekend

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 06:00

The FIA European Rally Championship is delighted to be supporting the 2019 FIA Volunteers Weekend.

Taking place from 24-26 May, the FIA Volunteers Weekend celebrates those who dedicate their time to make motorsport possible around the world. Capitalising on a busy weekend of FIA competition, 10 race events – including the FIA European Rally Championship from Eurosport Events – will raise awareness and give thanks to the volunteers who carry out the wide variety of essential roles without which motorsport would simply not happen.

Throughout the weekend, the entire motorsport community – from volunteers and officials to fans, drivers and members of the media – are encouraged to join in and show their appreciation on social media.

Using the hashtag #FIAVolunteersWeekend on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, people can share photos and stories of themselves in action over the two days, connecting motorsport volunteers at all levels from all around the world – from club events to world championships.

FIA President, Jean Todt, said: “Volunteers are the unsung heroes of motorsport. Without them, quite simply, we would not be able to go racing. It is important for the FIA to recognise their vital contribution, and the occasion of the Volunteers Weekend shines the spotlight on their hard work and dedication to ensuring the safety and success of events the world over. This is also an opportunity to promote the positive benefits that volunteers gain from their involvement, and help attract new people to motorsport.”

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Brynildsen’s back on ERC duty 222 days after monster crash

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 21:00

Eyvind Brynildsen starts Rally Liepāja tomorrow 222 days after a spectacular crash on the final afternoon of the 2018 edition of the Latvian event ended his hopes of a top-three finish.

The Norwegian crashed out at high-speed on a right-hander while chasing Fredrik Åhlin and Fabian Kreim for third place. Although Brynildsen and co-driver Ilka Minor climbed out of their wrecked Autotek Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5 physically unharmed, it was a devastating end to their challenge.

But despite the severity of the accident, Brynildsen insists it’s been the last thing on his mind as he prepares for his third outing in a Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5. “It’s strange but when I started my first rally in February I didn’t have any thoughts about it and I don’t think about it now,” said Brynildsen. “I was just pushing a bit too hard and that ended up in a crash. Normally I am not doing it but every four or five years I’m doing a mistake like that.”

Rally Liepāja is the first of four FIA European Rally Championship events Brynildsen is planning to contest in 2019 with Rally Poland, the Cyprus Rally plus one further event also under consideration. He prepared for the Latvian contest with a one-day test on Wednesday.

“We used the test like a warm-up so I didn’t do many changes, I just kept driving, driving, driving to get the seat time,” Brynildsen explained. “It’s about learning the car but I’m not a driver who will complain it’s a new car that we have to learn. I’m experienced now, 30 years old with 50 starts in the world championship, a few starts in the ERC. It’s four wheels, a steering wheel and a gear shift.”

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Munster starts ERC Rally Liepāja a winner

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:00

Grégoire Munster heads for his Rally Liepāja debut on a high after landing his fourth Belgian Junior championship victory last weekend.

Munster and Louis Louka took class honours on the Sezoensrally but are now fully focused on the third round of the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship, which they’ll contest in an Opel ADAM R2 run by the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team.

“After our good appearance in Gran Canaria I am very much looking forward to those super-fast Latvian gravel stages,” said Belgian Munster. “Even if we didn’t have the opportunity to reduce our lack of experience on this surface very much in the Azores, Louis and I will give all we have to clinch a good result again in Liepāja.

“Gaining speed and confidence on gravel will be the main objective during our next ERC Junior adventure and I am confident that together with our great boys from the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team we will be able to reduce the gap to the fastest guys in the extremely competitive ERC3 Junior Championship.”

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Tsouloftas focused on ERC plan

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 15:00

Alexandros Tsouloftas will be focused on maintaining his second place in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship when he makes his Rally Liepāja debut.

Cypriot Tsouloftas is new to high-speed gravel events and doesn’t want to get embroiled in an all-out attack for position as he looks to build on his encouraging start to his maiden campaign in the category for young stars in R5 cars.

“We are second in ERC1 Junior so of course the main goal is to try to keep that position,” said Tsouloftas, who drives for the Germany-based Toksport WRT operation. I know it’s going to be a fast race and I do love speed. But the competition is going to be huge, especially as we have Arai, Solberg and Sesks now and Mattias Adielsson is back. It’s going to be a big challenge but I my main goal is to finish and keep my second position in the championship.”

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Tanak world success inspires Jeets to make ERC debut

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 12:00

Estonian Autosport Union-supported Gregor Jeets will follow father Raul Jeets by stepping up to the FIA European Rally Championship, having been inspired to take up the sport by compatriots Ott Tänak and Markko Märtin, who have both won at world level.

Jeets Sr was a regular on ERC events between 2015 and 2016 but his 18-year-old son has no knowledge of the European championship nor the opposition he’ll face in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category.

“It’s my debut in the ERC so it’s my first big event,” said Jeets, who is co-driven by the experienced Kuldar Sikk. “In fact, I have only done seven rallies and the two rallies I have done this year were winter rallies.

“Before rallying I did five years in karting in Estonia, Finland and Europe and I also did the world championship for one year. My father Raul Jeets did the ERC so rallying is in my family. Also when you have Ott Tänak and Markko Märtin coming from your country you realise everything is possible.”

Like Jeets, Ken Torn will also be supported by the Estonian Autosport Union when he makes his ERC3 Junior debut, also in a new-for-2019 Ford Fiesta R2T.

“I’ve not done this rally before but I think the stages will be similar to what we have in south Estonia,” said Torn. “My aim is to prepare well, to finish the rally and to enjoy the weekend. The new Fiesta is a very good R2 car, I enjoy it a lot and it’s a good step up from the previous Fiesta. I don’t know many of the drivers but I do know Jean-Baptiste Franceschi because we competed together in the world championship last season.”

Photo: Pirelli Motorsport Baltics

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ERC Liepaja familiarity lifts Furuseth

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 09:00

Rally Liepāja provides Sindre Furuseth a rare treat as the first round of this year’s FIA ERC3 Junior Championship that he has previous experience of.

Furuseth was a rookie in the Azores and Canarias but has knowledge of the high-speed Latvian stages having rallied in the country when it hosted the 2018 ERC finale.

“We are for the first time this year visiting a rally I went to last year,” said Norwegian Furuseth, whose Peugeot 208 R2 is co-driven by Swede Jim Hjerpe. “Even though we had an early retirement last year I feel we got a taste for the rally, and we will try to use that advantage this year.”

The Pirelli-equipped Saintéloc Junior Team driver continued: “It is one the fastest rallies in Europe, so to find the confidence to push will be the key for us. I have prepared well with what we have from last year, and the goal is to get the win. We have been strong so far this year, but now we need the results.”

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Rossel will miss Bernardi fight in ERC3

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 06:00

Yohan Rossel won’t have Florian Bernardi to fight for ERC3 success on Rally Liepāja this week.

Bernardi, the ERC3 class winner on Rally Islas Canarias in a Renault Clio R3T, hasn’t included the Latvian event on his schedule for 2019, leaving Rossel to battle Jean-Baptiste Franceschi only for French supremacy in the front-wheel-drive category.

Franceschi (Ford Fiesta R2T) finished second in class with Peugeot Rally Academy’s Rossel in third on the all-asphalt Rally Islas Canarias earlier this month.

Neither driver has tackled Rally Liepāja’s high-speed gravel stages before.

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Arai in “unique” ERC challenge

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 21:00

Hiroki Arai has described his first Rally Liepāja and FIA ERC1 Junior Championship debut as a “unique challenge”.

The Japanese, who is embarking on a European in a STARD-run Citroën C3 R5, is heading Yokohama’s return to the ERC with new co-driver Ilka Minor from Austria.

“This is a unique challenge,” said Arai, the 25-year-old son of Japanese rallying legend Toshi Arai. “This rally won’t be so easy because the level of the ERC is high and there are lots of young drivers with experience of this event. It’s also going to be a challenging week for me because it will be my first time with my new co-driver and I don’t really know the car. But the main purpose is to work with Yokohama on the development of the tyres.”

While Rally Liepāja is all-new to Arai, he does have previous experience of competing in Latvia, winning his class in fifth overall back in 2015. “I did [Rally Latvia] four years ago so I have an understanding there is more loose gravel than what you get in Finland for example.”

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Kalendarz 2019

21-23.03.2019:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

02-04.05.2019

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

24-26 05.2019

Rally Liepāja (Łotwa)

28-30.06.2019

Rajd Polski

19-21.07.2019

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

16-18.08.2019

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

27-29.09.2019:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

08-10.11.2019:

Rally Hungary (Węgry)