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Seventeen year old Oliver Solberg is believed to be the youngest ever winner of an FIA championship rally, after winning the European Championship Rally Liepaja. Driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, the Swedish resident led from start to finish, beating Russian driver, Alexey Lukyanuk, by over 20 seconds.

Oliver Solberg drove an incredible rally to take victory.

Lukyanuk’s position is provisional as he was penalised by the organisers for driving too fast on liaison sections twice, the second time being clocked at 168km/h in a 90km/h zone, and the matter is being taken to the Stewards.   The excessively fast gravel stage roads of Latvia saw Solberg achieve a winning average speed of 122km/h. Solberg won 10 of the 13 stages, the other three going to the Russian.

Sergey Remmenik rolled his Lancer Evo. Photo: Remmenik PR

The Junior, two wheel drive category was won by Estonian driver Ken Torn’s Fiesta R2T, and Andrea Nucita won the Abarth Cup championship round. This was the third round of the ERC, the next round is the Rajd Polski the end of June.  

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