Oliver Solbergs wins the accident-rich ‘Rally Liepāja’

first_imgIrish crew car after an accidentThe FIA ​​European Rally Championship stage Rally Liepāja ended on Sunday with six special stages in the counties around Liepāja in Durbe, Aizpute and Priekule. Oliver Solbergs won his second victory in Latvia in a row, who made a bold record in history books last year, winning Rally Liepāja at the age of 17, becoming the youngest winner of an ERC stage. This year, at the age of 18, he once again proved his driving skills – slowly but surely increasing his advantage over the nearest competitors during the day, who stopped at the finish line of the final stage of the rally SS10 Neste at 20.1 seconds above Mads Ostberg and 37.2 seconds above Alexei Lukyanuk. It should be noted that several crews had quite serious accidents.Olivers Solbergs. Photo: FIA ERCThe day started with the victory of Madsa Ostberg / Torstein Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5) in SS5 Liepāja – only a 0.1 second advantage, which this time was enough to win the Liepāja City Special Award. Oliver Solberg / Aaron Johnston (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) recovered quickly, winning the next two special stages, returning to the service park with a 22.4-second handicap. It should be noted that during the first stage of the day, the owner of another special prize was determined – Gregory Munster won the SIXT Rent a car special prize for an impressive, 42-meter-long jump in the Stroke springboard.In the continuation of the rally, Ostbergs won another victory in the special stage SS8 Invest in Liepāja !, and once again this performance was evaluated with a special prize – this time taken care of by the Liepāja Special Economic Zone. This was also the last stage in which the two-time winner of Rally Liepāja Oliver Solbergs did not win – the Swedish motorist won a total of six out of ten stages, despite the fact that during the rally he fought with his mistakes, road conditions and car defects. .Photo: FIA ERCMeanwhile, Rally Liepāja presented the final special prize to Jānis Vorobjovs / Ivo Pūķis (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), who showed the fastest result among the crews, which included a Latvian motorist.Second to second, the fastest Latvian crew – Mārtiņš Sesks / Renārs Francis (Ford Fiesta Rally4) was involved in the fight for victory in the ERC3 test class. Unfortunately, the fight with the Estonian crew Ken Torna / Kauri Pannas (Ford Fiesta) ended on the Stroke springboard – after which Seska’s car damaged the radiator and it was not possible to continue participating in the rally.Thus, the honor of the fastest Latvian crew went to Rein Fiitis / Andris Mālnieks (Ford Fiesta Rally4) – who finished the rally in the 19th overall position – but won the award-winning 3rd position in the ERC3 and ERC3 Junior classification classes – defending a small but sufficient 2.2 second lead over Gregor J / Ford Fiesta.Meanwhile, the crews represented by Latvian motorists won two more pedestals in the ERC2 test class – Ainārs Igaveņš / Ralfs Igaveņš (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, 25th overall) reached the rally finish in the second test class, but Dmitrijs Feofanovs / Normunds , 27th overall).Rally results:last_img

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