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Liepaja - Ventspils rally sport auto racing on snow and ice in Latvia 1 - 3 February 2013
Jean Pierre Nicolas invites cars racing drivers coming in Latvia.
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240 kms auto racing on snowy roads in Kurland Latvia. Steps speed and attractive for motor racing driver and rally sport. The only auto rally snow and ice entering the second event of the calendar in 2013 of the FIA European Rally Championship wrc of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) among the 13 racing car this year.

Article published on 10 January 2013
dernière modification le 12 March 2013

by BD
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Rally Liepaja - Ventspils, rally winter Kurland

Since Latvia has won the right to join the best Auto Sport rallies, it is intensive work for organizers of the European Championship rallies (ERC) to propose a motor racing event every month except for June and July with two races cars per month. In 2013 thirteen rallys are organized.

The Rally Liepaja - Ventspils - is the second step in the European Championship Rally (ERC) of 2013 and also the second step of Rally Championship Sport in Latvia.

«Since 2009, the company RA Motor sport has working voluntary to perform in Latvia the international competition motor sport and does not know how to express the joy of working with this organization of auto racing. For rally Sport fans in the Baltic States, it will be a great opportunity to watch the events from their homes "
"We are proud of the progress," said Raymond Strokšs, organizer of the race car, "Without the support of the European Rally Championship, it would be impossible to organize in Latvia" express the councils of Liepaja and Ventspils.

How is the snow and ice rally - Interview with one of the participants in the organization of rally racing Liepaja-Ventspils. [1]

Fans of the Liepaja-Ventspils Rally will watch the races with the Eurosport channel, where each rally will be broadcast. In addition, in Latvia, in Lithuania and Estonia, emissions are broadcast on the channel TV6.

The driver Jari Ketomaa will make its debut in Latvia. Jari Ketomaa participate to the next rally Liepaja-Ventspils. His first appearance in the European Rally Championship. Latvia from 1 to 3 February, the Finland 33-year drive a Ford Fiesta RRC for the Autotek Motorsport team. It will be one of the most serious contenders for the victory. 21 teams are currently engaged. [2]


The Rally Liepaja-Ventspils begins with a celebration.
The first special stages 1 February in Liepāja.
The second day of the rally moves slowly northward, to be stopped at the periphery of Ventspils.
The last day of the rally will be played in Ventspils district, which will also host the ceremony awards.

The official car Rally Liepaja-Ventspils is a Volkswagen, and the organizers of the event will move with two cars Golf 6 R-Line [4]

Special events
. Name Length Date Start time
SS 1 Rallyofchampions.com 6.38 miles 01/02/2013 17:10
SS 2 Volkswagen 1 16.89 miles 01/02/2013 17:45
SS 3 LDZ Cargo 1 18.79 miles 01/02/2013 18:45
SS 4 LDZ Cargo 2 18.79 miles 02/02/2013 10:20
SS 5 Volkswagen 2 16.89 miles 02/02/2013 10:55
ES 6 Neste Oil 1 21.32 miles 02/02/2013 11:55
SS 7 Ventbunkers 1 10.46 miles 02/02/2013 15:20
SS 8 Neste Oil 2 21.32 miles 02/02/2013 15:55
SSS 9 Ventspils Hill 1 2.50 miles 02/02/2013 17:25
SS 10 Ventbunkers 2 10.46 miles 03/02/2013 08:35
SS 11 Swecon 1 21.43 miles 03/02/2013 09:15
SS 12 Kuldiga 1 26.52 miles 03/02/2013 10:20
SS 13 Swecon 2 21.43 miles 03/02/2013 12:25
SS 14 Kuldiga 2 26.52 miles 03/02/2013 13:35
SSS 15 Ventspils Hill 2 2.50 miles 03/02/2013 15:25


The European Rally Championship (ERC)

European Championship rally motorsport (ERC) will know significant changes in 2013 as a result of an agreement between the World Council of the Sport Automobile (FIA) and Eurosport Events.
the International Automobile Federation (FIA) agreed Eurosport Events to make the Championships the next 10 years. Eurosport Events has previously successfully created the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), which is considered one of the most remarkable challenge organized in the World Rally Championship.
In addition, these two championships racing (ERC and IRC) will be combined on the basis of the organization of the IRC, with many Rally broadcasts to viewers.
The championship race car, which will take place across Europe, including all the preparations Rally will be broadcast on Eurosport channel in 59 countries around the world.

JP Nicolas


Jean-Pierre Nicolas ["I will personally invite drivers and sportsmen to come in Latvia to participate in the rally Liepāja-ventspils"

Jean-Pierre Nicolas, French Rally Driver named in May 2012 IRC Manager by Eurosport Events, the promoter of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge invites all drivers and sportsmen to come in Latvia. The former official Peugeot driver and former head of the sports mark Leo is in charge of all relations between the teams, drivers, sponsors and local leaders of the IRC. During the rallys, he brings his expertise to the organizers of the IRC. [5]

Jean-Pierre Nicolas has nearly 50 years of experience in rallying. He has won five World Championship rallys and has also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice.
Rally French driver Jean-Pierre Nicolas, was born in Marseille January 22, 1945. In 1978 he was vice-champion of WRC drivers.
From 1973 to 1984, he participated in the World Rally Championship and ended his racing career on a Peugeot 205 Turbo16.

Only driver to have won three times the Morocco Rally and three rounds of the WRC African Morocco, Kenya and Coast Ivory with Hannu Mikkola.

In 1978 in Monte Carlo, he also won the famous rally car, driving a Porsche 911. It took the development of the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 with Jean Todt. He was also the head of the World Rally Championship with Peugeot and directed the FIA to host the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.


The calendar of the ERC in 2013 finally revealed.

Thirteen races for the new version of Championships

The season will run from January to November, with thirteen rounds seven asphalt, four on earth and finally two on snow. The ERC Championships, which is born of the merger of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge and the old European Rally Championship, does not require participants to make a minimum of heat. In the new sporting rules approved by the FIA, the drivers will be classified according to their best eight results of the season.

But the specificity is that the four best performances of the first seven rallys will be retained, then the top four of the last six races of the season. Moreover, as in the WRC championship, there will be a special qualification to determine the starting order on the sleeves ’earth’.

01 : International Jännerrallye (Autriche) / Asphalte/Neige / 3-5 janvier 2013
02 : Rally Liepāja-Ventspils (Latvia) / Terre/Neige / 1-3 février 2013
03 : Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés (Espagne) / Asphalte / 21-23 mars 2013
04 : SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal) / Terre / 25-27 avril 2013
05 : Tour de Corse (France) / Asphalte / 16-18 mai 2013
06 : Croatia Rally* / Asphalt / 6-8 juin 2013
07 : GEKO Ypres Rally (Belgique) / Asphalte / 27-29 juin 2013
08 : Rally San Marino** / Terre / 11-13 juillet 2013
09 : Sibiu Rally (Romania) / Terre / 25-27 juillet 2013
10 : Barum Czech Rally Zlín / Asphalet / 30 August-1 septembre 2013
11 : Rally Poland / Gravel / 27-29 septembre 2013
12 : Rallye Sanremo (Italie) / Asphalte / 10-12 octobre 2013
13 : Rallye International du Valais (Suisse) / Asphalte / 7-9 novembre 2013

* Subject to the signing of the agreement of the promoter
** Subject to Confirmation ASN

Top5 states

Top 5 of the most victorious IRC
1. Finland 14
2. Italy 12
3. Belgium 9
4. Czech Republic 7
= France 7
= Britain 7

Finland is the most successful country in the history of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge. The drivers of the Nordic nation have a total of 14 wins in six seasons of the IRC. Alone Juho Hänninen (2010 champion) has 11 victories. The other three are those of Anton Alen, Jarkko Miettinen and Mikko Hirvonen with each success. Although qu’Hänninen has won almost all his success with ŠKODA, his first in Russia during the 2009 season, was driving a Peugeot 207 Super 2000.

Other Rallys

Rally Kurzeme 2012

Rally snow and ice around Aluksne in Latvia in January 2012. This year the rally auto racing will take place on 18 and 19 January 2013. The first winter rally and Baltic Winter Rally Rally "Alūksne 2013"

Snow rally SARMA 2012

Orimattila winter rally around a city in southern Finland, in the region of Päijät-Häme

Notes :

[1Rallye Kurzeme

[4More information on the rally site with Liepaja-Ventspils www.lvrally.com. Follow the news in social networks:
compte Twitter @ lvrally et les pages draugiem.lv / lvrally et facebook.com / lvrally.

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