Spectacular city stage to round out ERC Rally Liepāja

Round one of the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship will culminate in a stage around the host city Liepāja.

The 13th and final stage of Rally Liepāja is named Great Amber after the brand new concert hall in the Latvian city that will be the centrepiece of the spectacular conclusion to the ice and snow event. Officially opened in November, the venue will also be the venue for the rally’s awards ceremony.

Measuring 1.15 kilometres in length, the Great Amber test will get underway at 16h30 local time on Sunday 7 February and run as stage 13 of the winter thriller.

“For the last few years, we have been working together with the city council to make it possible for the fastest European drivers to compete not only on the Liepāja region roads, but in the city as well,” said Raimonds Strokšs of event organiser RA Events.

“A few months ago, the construction of the Great Amber concert hall was finished, so I am especially proud that we will be able to bring the winter rally into the city this year.”

After the qualifying stage on the Friday, six stages will take place on Saturday in the Kuldīga region – including the rally’s longest, the 25.14-kilometre Neste Oil test (stages three and four) – before seven more on Sunday.

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