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Kajetanowicz three-times ERC Champion

20 year old Nikolai Gryazin won the event in a Skoda Fabia R5.

The race for the 2017 European Rally Championship finished at the end of the first day of the Liepaja Rally, in Latvia, when Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s only remaining rival, Bruno Magalhaes, crashed on a waterlogged super special stage.

The event also saw the Under 27 category, with its Euro 100,000 prize, go to the Opel Adam R2 driver Chris Ingram, and the ERC2 category went to Mitsubishi Evo X driver Tibor Erdi.

Sudden rain also caused accidents for Alexey Lukyanuk and Peugeot 208 T16 driver Jose Lopez, while a serious helicopter crash during Day 2 caused the champion, Kajetanowicz, to withdraw from the event for personal reasons.

Rally winner was 20 year old Nikolai Gryazin (Fabia R5), who beat 17-year old Fiesta R5 driver, Kalle Rovanpera, who was competing on his first FIA championship event.

Previously run as a winter event, the event was rescheduled for autumn time in the hope for more assured weather conditions.

Chris Ingram won the Euro 100,000 prize in his Opel Adam R2.

Martin Holmes is widely considered as world rallying's most experienced, and most respected journalist. Martin covers the WRC, ERC and all major rally championships around the world.

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