Sesks finally triumphs at home in ERC3/ERC3 Junior after Pajari rolls back

Sesks finally triumphs at home in ERC3/ERC3 Junior after Pajari rolls back

04.07.2021: FIA European Rally Championship 2021, Round 2 of 8 Rally Liepāja leg two July 3, 2021 The overnight leader in ERC3/ERC3 Junior, Sami Pajari was holding on to top spot after Saturday’s opening two stages as Liepāja’s favourite rally


FIA European Rally Championship 2021, Round 2 of 8
Rally Liepāja leg two
July 3, 2021





The overnight leader in ERC3/ERC3 Junior, Sami Pajari was holding on to top spot after Saturday’s opening two stages as Liepāja’s favourite rallying son, Mārtiņš Sesks, closed to within 5.0s following back-to-back stage bests in his identical M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally4.


But a low-speed roll on SS9 left the round one double winner down in fifth position and 3m33.5s behind new leader Sesks, who reached midday service with light radiator damage following a brush with a pole on SS9. But any fears Sesks might have had proved unfounded as his Rally Liepāja luck finally held.


By finishing 1m16.6s behind Sesks, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi’s 1m10s time penalty for an early check-in at remote service on Saturday would ultimately not influence the final results with the Frenchman a strong second in his all-new Renault Clio Rally4.


Pajari battled back to complete the ERC3 Junior podium but couldn’t prevent Rallye Team Spain’s Pep Bassas from joining Sesks and Franceschi in the ERC3 top three. German teenager Nick Loof finished fourth in ERC3 Junior followed by Kaspar Kasari and Amaury Molle, who battled gearbox issues on Saturday morning.


Daniel Polášek finished seventh with Norbert Maior restarting to finish eighth after suspension damage and a broken driveshaft put him out on SS2. Nikolai Landa, who crashed into a tree on the same stage, finished ninth after rediscovering lost confidence.


Martin László, who stopped on day one with broken steering, returned to complete the top 10. Newcomer Joosep Ralf Nõgene stopped with a gearbox issue on Friday.



Ola Jr Nore was in third when he retired his Clio Rally4 with damage on SS8. Łukasz Lewandowski drove his Opel Corsa Rally4 to ninth in ERC3 after rolling on day one.






- Richard Rodgers, photo FIA ERC DPPI



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