European Rally Championship's Rally Liepaja has secured a reschedule date and will switch from a snow to gravel event in 2016.
Earlier this month the Latvian event had to be cancelled due to warm weather melting the snow and ice and making the event unsafe to run on public roads. The FIA European Rally event has been rescheduled to act as the ninth and penultimate round of the championship and final round of the ERC Junior series on the 16-18 September, subject to confirmation from the FIA Rally commission.
As Rally Liepaja will now run in the autumn it will become an all-gravel event and rally organisers, RA events and Eurosport Events, are pleased to have secured to new date just two weeks after cancelling the original event.
“We are very pleased that a new date has been approved for Rally Liepāja and we thank the members of the FIA Rally Commission for their assistance,” Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC co-ordinator, said. “Finding a free slot in the current calendar was not an easy exercise, as we needed to avoid any clashes with WRC events and maintain enough time for logistics between one event and the next.
“This rescheduling has allowed us to keep a perfect balance between gravel and asphalt events – which is a key asset of the ERC – and to ensure that we can run an unchanged six-round schedule in the well-known ERC Junior Championship.
“By announcing the new date as quickly as possible, we hope it will give teams and crews sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements and also allow fans to start planning for the rally weekend.”
The second round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Sweden, is still under threat this weekend due to warm conditions causing the same problems which postponed Rally Liepaja. The recce has been pushed back to Wednesday and Thursday while the shakedown and eight stages have already been cancelled, but freezing temperatures are forecast to return in the next two days.