WRC: Rally Liepaja WRC negotiations stopped

Rally Liepaja (Latvia) won’t host a WRC round this year after organizers didn’t reach a deal with the WRC Promoter. Liepaja’s ERC round will go ahead as planned.

Rally Estonia, Ypres Rally (Belgium) and Rallye du Valais (Switzerland) remain candidates to host a WRC round this year. A revised calendar for the remainder of the 2020 WRC season is expected at the end of June.

Rally Liepaja promoter (RA Events) statement
RA Events and WRC Promoter have concluded their discussions over the possible inclusion of Rally Liepāja on the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship calendar alongside the existing FIA European Rally Championship event.

While there was interest from both parties and the support of Eurosport Events, the ERC promoter, for a combined rally, RA Events will now focus its efforts on making the planned second round of the ERC season from 14-16 August a huge success.

“Firstly, we thank WRC Promoter for recognising ERC Rally Liepāja as an event worthy of inclusion in the WRC,” said Raimonds Strokšs, director of RA Events, the Rally Liepāja promoter. “This is great testament to the work we have done since 2012 when we started preparations for the first Rally Liepāja in 2013. We also thank the FIA and Eurosport Events for their assistance.

“In these past few days we have done an enormous job. We have shown to the WRC Promoter that we and the whole of Latvia are not afraid to work hard and accept a challenge as massive as organising a WRC event in such a short amount of time. However, due to various reasons, it has been agreed that the ERC Rally Liepāja will not be a new addition to the revised WRC calendar this year.

“We want to thank the Government of Latvia, our rally host cities, our partners, media and every single one of the rally enthusiasts for the trust they showed and support they provided. But we have to remember that Latvia and ERC Rally Liepāja were offered a unique opportunity. We were a step away from finding an agreement to host a WRC rally in the Baltics for the first time, and we are yet to find out what opportunities this might lead to in future.”

NL: Rally Liepaja WRC onderhandelingen gestopt

Rally Liepaja (Letland) gaat dit jaar geen WRC ronde organiseren. Dat is de conclusie nadat organisatoren van het evenement geen deal overeen gekomen zijn met de WRC Promoter. Liepaja’s ERC ronde gaat door zoals gepland.

De rally van Estland, de Ypres Rally (België) en de Rallye du Valais (Zwitserland) blijven de overgebleven kandidaten om een WRC ronde te organiseren dit jaar. Een herziene kalender voor de rest van het WRC seizoen 2020 wordt eind juni verwacht.

“Ten eerste willen wij [RA Events, Rally Liepaja Promoter] de WRC Promoter bedanken voor het herkennen van Rally Liepaja als een potentieel WRC evenement. Deze erkenning is een geweldige beloning op het werk dat we sinds 2012 verrichten om de Liepaja Rally te organiseren.”

“De afgelopen dagen hebben we veel werk verricht. We hebben de WRC Promoter laten zien dat wij in Letland niet bang zijn om hard te werken en de grote uitdaging om een WRC evenement te organiseren in een korte tijd te aanvaarden. Echter is wegens verschillende redenen besloten om het WRC niet te ontvangen naast het ERC evenement.”

Photo: FIA ERC