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Home hero Sirmacis sets searing pace in Latvia

Home hero Sirmacis sets searing pace in Latvia
By ERC

17/09/2016 at 21:42

Latvian sensation Ralfs Sirmacis is on course for a home FIA European Rally Championship victory after setting a rapid pace on the first leg of Rally Liepāja.

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02 Sirmacis Ralfs Simins Arturs Skoda Fabia R5 Action during the 2016 European Rally Championship ERC Liepaja rally,  from september 16 to 18 at Liepaja, Lettonie - Photo Jorge Cunha / DPPI

02 Sirmacis Ralfs Simins Arturs Skoda Fabia R5 Action during the 2016 European Rally Championship ERC Liepaja rally, from september 16 to 18 at Liepaja, Lettonie - Photo Jorge Cunha / DPPIERC

Looking to score his third win from five events since stepping up to the top level of the ERC earlier this year, 22-year-old Sirmacis won each of the first five gravel stages in his ŠKODA Fabia R5, and leads by 30.7 seconds overnight.

Alexey Lukyanuk swapped his regular Ford Fiesta R5 for his ERC2-specification Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X for this event, but that hasn’t stopped the Russian being a leading contender on Pirelli tyres. Some errors under braking due to the different driving dynamics of the production model cost him time in his battle with Sirmacis earlier in the day, but he ended it by winning the two runs over the new Great Amber street stage in Liepāja itself.

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