Sirmacis seals ERC2 success on Rally Liepāja return

Sirmacis seals ERC2 success on Rally Liepāja return

27.05.2019: FIA European Rally Championship 2019, Round 3 of 8 Rally Liepāja leg two Sunday, May 26th 2019 Ralfs Sirmacis has tasted success on the FIA European Rally Championship’s Rally Liepāja for a second time after claiming ERC2 victory on


FIA European Rally Championship 2019, Round 3 of 8
Rally Liepāja leg two 
Sunday, May 26th 2019




Ralfs Sirmacis has tasted success on the FIA European Rally Championship’s Rally Liepāja for a second time after claiming ERC2 victory on his return to international action.




The Latvian driver enjoyed a final winning margin of 10 minutes, having seen his expected rivals Vytautas Švedas, Dmitry Feofanov and Sergey Remmenik all retire within the first three stages of the rally on Saturday. Sirmacis’s win on his first ERC2 outing follows his outright Rally Liepāja win in 2016.



Kuwaiti Meshari El-Thefiri moved up to second place on Sunday, ahead of the Abarth Rally Cup winner Andrea Nucita. Zelindo Melegari took fourth, with Dariusz Poloński ending up fifth after some time-consuming spins.



Švedas restarted on Sunday and broke Sirmacis’s sequence of stage wins. Meanwhile, Melegari is now one point behind Juan Carlos Alonso in the title standings with Argentine Alonso not including the Latvian event as one of his scoring rounds.






What’s next? Rally Poland, 28-30 June




One of the world’s oldest rallies returned to the ERC roster in 2018 after a five-year break as Rally Poland replaced Rally Rzeszow as the country’s round of the European championship for its 75th edition.


First run in 1921, Rally Poland’s home since 2005 has been Mikołajki in the picturesque Masurian lake district, a three-hour drive north from the capital Warsaw, where high-speed all-gravel stages are commonplace.


And it was in Mikołajki where Kajetan Kajetanowicz first emerged as a major force in the ERC, taking the event win in 2013 prior to beginning his record-breaking title treble sequence in 2015.

 

Richard Rodgers, photo FIA ERC

     

   

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