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Strong entry for Liepāja’s fast-paced ERC contest

8 June 2023

Tet Rally Liepāja organisers have revealed an entry list full of quality and quantity for round four of the 2023 FIA European Rally Championship. Latvia’s high-speed gravel event from 16 - 18 June is set to be contested by 58 crews with 46 eligible for ERC points and 17 lining up for action in the Hankook-equipped FIA Junior ERC Championship, of which Tet Rally Liepāja is the second round.



Twenty drivers are entered in headlining Rally2 cars, including Pirelli-equipped championship leader Hayden Paddon from the Hyundai-equipped BRC Racing Team, Team MRF Tyres’ defending ERC champion Efrén Llarena, plus his team-mate, Liepāja-born Latvian hero Mārtiṇš Sesks, the winner of the last round in Poland at the wheel of a Škoda Fabia RS Rally2.


Hayden Paddon, FIA European Rally Championship 2023 ©Red Bull Media House


Mathieu Franceschi, the French gravel champion, is the highest-seeded driver using Michelin tyres, while Citroën C3 Rally2-driving Mads Østberg joins Paddon as one of two WRC event winners in the field. Meanwhile, FIA Junior WRC champion Robert Virves is entered in a Ford Fiesta Rally2

Examples of both M-Sport Poland’s Ford Fiesta Rally3 and Renault’s Clio Rally3 are registered for the ERC3 category, while 22 drivers will bid for glory in the ERC4 category for Rally4 and Rally5 cars. They include Junior ERC leader Ola Nore (Renault Clio Rally4) and Roberto Daprà, whose Peugeot 208 Rally4 is entered under the ACI Team Italia banner.


Mads Østberg, FIA European Rally Championship 2023 ©Red Bull Media House


Event organiser RA Events has not allocated numbers 42 and 43 in tribute to Craig Breen and Ken Block, who passed away earlier this year. Breen won Rally Liepāja in 2015 while Block twice competed in the FIA World RX event in Riga.

Tet Rally Liepāja director Raimonds Strokšs said: “Paddon, Østberg, Llarena. Alongside our national event, there are 27 countries represented – the FIA European Rally Championship once again is going from strength-to-strength with an extremely strong entry list, bringing maximum spectacle to our fast, flowing, but challenging gravel roads. And in that mix of 58 crews, we have 17 Junior ERC drivers crafting their skills and giving true indication that the future of the sport we love so much is in good hands. And as much as I root for each and every crew of Tet Rally Liepāja, there is only one local hero, Mārtiņš Sesks. He made history last year and why not make it again?”

This year’s Tet Rally Liepāja is the 11th running of the gravel event, which is set to be elevated to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2024 as Tet Rally Latvia.


Entry list available here:


Mārtiņš Sesks, FIA European Rally Championship 2023 ©Red Bull Media House


FIA Eiropas rallija čempionāta posmu Tet Rally Liepāja, kas Latvijā norisināsies 16.-18. jūnijā, iespējams sarīkot, pateicoties atbalstam, ko sniedz Izglītības un zinātnes ministrija un rallija pilsēta Liepāja. Īpašs paldies ģenerālsponsoram Tet, paldies sponsoriem Betsafe, Ramirent un Sportland, oficiālajai auto nomai Sixt un apdrošināšanas partnerim BTA. Tet Rally Liepāja tiek īstenots sadarbībā ar Talsu novadu, Tukuma novadu, Kuldīgas novadu, Latvia travel un Latvijas Automobiļu federāciju. Paldies rallija atbalstītājiem Canon Biznesa Centrs Liepāja, Fristads, Liepājas Olimpiskais Centrs un Liepājas Speciālā Ekonomiskā Zona, kā arī infrastruktūras partnerim Latvijas Valsts Meži un loģistikas partnerim DHL. Sacensību informatīvo atbalstu nodrošina ziņu portāls DELFI un mediju partneri Sporta Avīze un Talsu Vēstis. Paldies par palīdzību visiem Tet Rally Liepāja draugiem AKROPOLE, Dienvidkurzemes novads, Elnetworks, Flora, FN Serviss, Jānis Pūce, Löfbergs, MB Grupa, OCT Composites, Red Bull, SignTech un Törley, kā arī tehniskajam partnerim Sports Racing Technologies.



On 20.07.2021. RA EVENTS has signed an agreement No. SKV-TL-2021/15 with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia for support provided under the “Promotion of international competitiveness” framework that is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.