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Mārtiņš Sesks unstoppable on first day of Tet Rally Liepāja

1 July 2022

Italian driver Alberto Battistolli has set the fastest time in qualification stage of FIA European Rally Championship round five Tet Rally Liepāja. Results of qualifying stage, which took place on Friday, July 1 in Dienvidkurzeme region, was very close, with seven drivers, including home hero Mārtiņš Sesks, setting time within 0,275 seconds. First six stages of Tet Rally Liepāja will take place on Saturday, July 2 in Talsi region.


Mārtiņš Sesks, Tet Rally Liepāja ©RedBullContentPool


In sunny and warm conditions, Battistolli (Škoda Fabia Rally2) completed the 3,77 kilometres long qualifying stage of Tet Rally Liepāja being only three hundredths of a second faster than the experienced Lithuanian Vaidotas Žala (Škoda Fabia R5 Rally2). New Zealander Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20 Rally2) took the third spot, driving with newly built car.

Liepāja local Mārtiņš Sesks (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo) was only 0,275 seconds behind Battistolli, but wit even such a fine margin, he classified seventh in the dusty roads of Dienvidkurzeme, as Gregor Jeets (Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo), Nil Solans (Hyundai i20 N Rally2), and Tom Kristensson (Hyundai i20 R5 Rally2) all squeezed in between Paddon and Sesks.

Season’s overall leader Efren Llarena (Škoda Fabia R5 Rally2 evo) finished with time just behind Sesks, while Estonian Ken Torn (Ford Fiesta Mk2 Rally2) and Frenchman Yoann Bonato (Citroën C3 Rally2) also made it into the top ten.

The victory in qualifying stage gives Battistolli an opportunity to choose the starting position for Saturday’s stages of Tet Rally Liepāja. As usual per gravel rallies, drivers are trying to take later starting position, thus Battistolli choosing the 17th start number. Estonian Priit Koik (Ford Fiesta Mk2 Rally2) will be the first one to test the roads of Tet Rally Liepāja. Latvian Mārtiņš Sesks will start as eleventh.

Results of the FIA European Rally Championship Round 5 – Tet Rally Liepāja, available here:


Tet Rally Liepāja program

Sunday, 3 July 2022, special stages around Dienvidkurzeme region

09.00     SS 7        VECPILS (20,23 km)

09.50     SS 8        DINSDURBE (11,04 km)

10.50     SS 9        VECPILS (20,23 km)

14.08     SS 10        TEBRA (18,71 km)

15.00     SS 11        PODNIEKI (11,04 km)

17.08     SS 12        LIEPĀJA POWER STAGE (Tebra) (18,71 km)

19.15                     Prize giving ceremony, Liepāja, Square of Roses

22.00                     Epic Party at the Beach, Liepāja, CukurFabrik' Beach Bar



Round of the 2022 FIA European Rally Championship event Tet Rally Liepāja is possible thanks to the support provided by the Ministry of Education and Science, rally city Liepāja, as well as our partner Talsi region. The event is run thanks to general sponsor Tet, sponsors Ramirent and SC Grupa/Eurovia and in collaboration with Magnetic Latvia. Thanks to our official car rental Sixt and our supporters Canon Biznesa Centrs Liepāja, Fristads, Liepājas Olimpiskais Centrs, and Liepājas Speciālā Ekonomiskā Zona. Informative support is provided by news media DELFI and media partners Kurzemes Radio, MVP, Sporta Avīze, and Talsu Vēstis. We also express our gratitude to our Tet Rally Liepāja friends Baltic Taxi, EL Networks, Flora, FN Serviss, Jānis Pūce, Löfbergs, MB Grupa, Red Bull, SignTech, Sportland, and Törley. Tet Rally Liepāja is organised in association with Dienvidkurzeme region and Latvian Automobile Federation.


Tet Rally Liepāja ©RedBullContentPool


Tet Rally Liepāja ©RedBullContentPool


Tet Rally Liepāja ©RedBullContentPool


Tet Rally Liepāja ©RedBullContentPool


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