Rally Liepāja 2017
6. 10. – 8. 10. 2017, Liepāja • gravel 157,28 km • Other years
" It was a perfect rally, we had a lot of fun on the gravel. Today we had really good times."
"It was really bad, we had technical issues yesterday. We are going step by step, I hope next season we will be faster."
"It was tough to come here, but it was a good season for us. We were leading the championship, unfortunately we couldn't finish all events. Thanks to everyone who helped us, our sponsors, my friends and family, it was a lot of hard work."
" I'm quite happy we made it. We had a chance to win here but it's rally."
"This is crazy, thanks for my family, my wife, my team, this is fantastic feeling."
" Can't describe this feeling, I was working on this moment four previous years. It's difficult to find support for young drivers. Thanks to my team, it was another amazing year with Opel. Thanks to everyone who helps me with support."
" I'm not happy with the result, but this is rally."
" This place belongs to Kajto. I have mixed feelings, we were the rally was really good and we enjoyed the stages, but it's difficult to get the podium in this way. I'm happy we improved over the year our driving on gravel, crash on Canarias was a difficult moment for the whole season, but now here is Habaj Evo II. We will probably do the whole ERC season in 2018."
" I'm really happy with the result. I'm sad about the helicopter crash. Thanks to the rally organizers, to our team and friends. In the season we had some crashes and problems with the car, but now I'm here and winning, so I'm happy."
"We had a big progress with the car and my driving, it was better all the time. In slow and technical sections the car was really good, in fast parts it was something different but I will get used to it."
"It was good, but difficult season. We showed many times our speed, I'm happy with this. We will see what comes in the next season."
"I'm really happy I finished one of many races this year, this season was quite difficult for us. We learned a lot, I'm lucky to be here."
They went into service park before start of SS12 .
" We had a red flag in the stage, we didn't know what's going on and then there was a stuck car."
" On this stage if Nikolay is driving normally he will be faster. I took carefully some places. It is going quite well, but now it wasn't best."
" In the first stage we stopped the car as there was a fog on the windows, the second one was normal, this one I enjoyed quite a lot."
"We had a problem on the first stage, we got stuck in the mud and unfortunately there were no spectators to help us. I like this stage it, but my driving is not very good, I'm not confident."
" We hit a chicane, we were short on brakes. We did few mistakes and had a spin in the morning, but now it was OK."
"I'm still here and it's the most important. Really fast and slippery, the conditions are changing a lot. But we are having a good fun. We did few mistakes, it's not easy, but we are here."
"We feel good today, there is no reason why not to be fast again."
"I can't be satisfied with our performance this morning, we did many small mistakes and lost the time with it. I'm too much sliding and out of the line in places."
" Now we have quite comfortable lead, we just need to keep the pace without risk. I'm staying cool and focused now, I really hope to make it."
" Everything is OK, we want to save our position in ERC2 and go to the finish."
"We are still here, but we drive on 70%. We try to get to the service and then we will see what we can do."
"I think we pushed too hard and hit a chicane, but it was OK. I like this stage, but it could be better and faster."
" We have a fun, we were driving fast, but safe on my own pace. There was some standing water, but it is a good experience when you go 160 km/h in the water. Bruno and Alexey had problem with water yesterday so you have to be careful."
" Really nice stage, very fast, most of it we ran on fifth gear. Everything is cool, we take no risk, just having fun."
"We had a moment on the jump, but there is nothing broken. Everything went well. "
"We decided to not to change the wheel, but after the jump we were affraid damaging the suspension so we changed it."
" I did some too big slides and lost some time with that. Nikolay will be fast, not the best time for me."
" It started to rain when we started the stage, but we pushed hard and had a fun."
" I enjoyed this one. The weather didn't make much damages to the road so you can go fast."
" I did couple of little mistakes so I'm not so happy with my performance. I was too much sliding in few corners."
" The stage was good, the car is perfect, nothing to complain."
" I am driving flatout, but we have only three tyres. We will try to do the next stage like this."
" We had a fun, we are fighting in tenths with Kalle, it's really fun. I like this fight, it makes you faster. Thanks to him, he shows me the speed."
" This is first stage I know from the last year. Nice driving, very fast stage, so exciting. In general it's OK, you can slide on wide road and have a fun. I don't feel the pressure now so we can drive and smile."
" It was a good run, no risk, it was dangerous and scary in places. I try to stay on the road."
" I got back to driving like my grandma again. We need to keep on the U28 podium, there is no reason to risk."
technical problem after SS 8
off the road
"Very hard stage for the beginning, but I enjoyed it. The jump before the finish is crazy."
" We stopped because the windscreen was completely foggy. After the watersplash also the side windows."
" We have great fun, bu the time is not good. It is really slippery, we had few moments."
" Unfortunately bad, last part of the stage I couldn't see anything, the windscreen is foggy. But the stage was OK, fast sections are really good, I don't like the end of the stage."
" Another big moment, but we enjoyed it, very nice stage."
"It is like in rallycross, after yesterday the water comes inside the car."
"There was a problem with one sensor yesterday, we retired having no power. We are getting used to it again today."
" We went off the road, maybe 6 kilometers from the end."
" Unbeliavable tricky, not a good stage, really bad. I had moments everywhere. Don't know what to say about Jari, I'm shocked."
"It was quite tricky stage, now we have some diffs and we are trying them. The feeling is different but the time is OK."
" We have some problem with engine, it stopped and blocked the wheel. We had to restart and lost some time."
" I was pushing hard, we are second car on the road. More or less everything fine. I enjoyed the last part, there are some slow corners and it's like in rallycross."
" There is sometimes standing water, the rain is not so heavy now."
" I did a mistake with tyres on this stage because I didn't expect the rain."
"Really really difficult, there is a lot of water. It is so slippery, very strange."
"OK, we tried to keep the pace with others. We went off the road, but we lost only 5 seconds. We really enjoy it."
" In some places we are really fast, in some we loose hours."
" Fantastic, really fast. I made a small mistake in the last junction, but OK, we enjoyed it."
" Very bad, we lost handbrake on the previous stage and now the normal brakes so I drive completely without brakes. We maybe have to retire."
" It is OK, actually I pushed quite hard and ran flatout 90% of the corners but the time is not good. Maybe we are sliding too much."
Rolled, but they continued
"Pretty good, we had reasonably big moment. But we enjoyed it a lot."
" It was good, not many mistakes, I started to enjoy it."
"In one place we went straight, stupid mistake. But OK, we are learning the car and do not push hard."
"It was a electrical problem with throttle. We had to reset the car, it took two or three minutes. I pushed the throttle and nothing happened, quite dangerous."
Stopped in the stage
"Two mistakes, we lost quite a lot of time with it."
"We hit a pole, but there is no problem."
"Everything is OK. No attack, we wait for the finish."
"I'm really happy. Now it's more dry, but after R5 cars there are big ruts. We hit a wooden pole in the last corner, but no problem."
" It is bit more rough, we got few shocks to the steering wheel in the ruts. It needs more discipline to stay in the line."
" Some ruts in the middle of the stage in the narrow parts. We changed the setup, the car is stiffer now. I'm happy we have improved our time, the feeling is much better now."
"The handbrake is repaired, but in the middle of the stage we had a problem with powersteering, it was quite scary."
" It was difficult, because of the road conditions. Difficult to control the car. We slide everywhere because the road is rough."
" It is amazing, but I think this is not my stage, I wasn't pushing for 100%. My foot work well, there is not so much hard braking on gravel."
"Fast stages, we don't have much traction. Fun to drive this car, but I need to improve my speed. This stage was quite muddy."
" We were out of the road, show for the helicopter. Not good."
"From the rallies I did in the ERC this rally suits the best to the Group N Mitsubishi."
"The car is working well, unfortunately my pacenotes were too carefull in some places. I am going to improve in the second run."
" I try to keep the concentration but it is not easy. It is hard to drive when you think about every corner."
" We made a school mistake, we have a short gearbox in the car. We will see if it can be changed in the 30-minutes service. We loose a lot of time with it."
Retired (electrical problems) -> Rally2
Retired (Accident) -> Rally2
"OK, very high speed stage, quite nice. When I am one minute faster then anybody else then I am happy."
"There is something wrong with the electronic, we just need to get to the service and hopefully we restart everything."
" It is a great stage, very fast. Lot of fun, the car is working good. I am fighting the cold and flu so I mainly want to finish the rally."
"Our handbrake is not working and we needed it in few places. I hope it can be fixed, we loose some time with that."
"The stage is very very fast, we have a short gearbox and loose a lot of time."
" Very good stage for the beginning. But we feel some smoke in the car, I hope it will be fine."
" We hit one of the wooden pole, but I hope everything is fine."
" OK, finally we enjoy it on gravel, very good. Tibor is faster, but OK."
" I missed one junction, instead of going right I turned left, but we didn't loose much time, it was OK."
"It is amazing, such a wonderfull stage. It is so fast, we have to go step by step. The car can do more than I am imaging."
"When we were going to the stage something happened to the car. We have to go through the three stages and get to the service. The engine is in a safe mode."
"It is all good. I did one mistage but the time is good. I am getting used to the car and it is going well."