Solberg's victory and suffering for the Spanish in Latvia

The young son of the former world champion repeats his triumph in Liepaja. Efrén Llarena signs fourth place in his category in the difficult gravel event.


The rising star of the special stages continues its steady climb to the top. At 18 years old, Oliver Solberg has scored the second consecutive victory in the Liepaja Rally, the second round of the European Championship, in which the Spanish drivers have suffered, although Efrén Llarena saved the furniture with a fourth place in his category.

Despite the fierce opposition of the World Cup winner Mads Ostberg with his official Citroën throughout the test, the young Solberg, who has just come of age, has shown impressive maturity and has not given in to his Norwegian compatriot, taking his Volkswagen to the top of the podium in the Latvian event that was about to enter the WRC calendar after the coronavirus crisis. Third place went to former Russian continental champion Alexey Lukyanuk (Citroën) .

Llarena's race was conditioned by the starting order. He had to open the track in the first stage, which plunged him into the classification. But last year's double European junior and ERC3 champion did not give up, and on the second day he began an attack that led him to climb from thirteenth overall to ninth place, and from eighth junior to fourth, which brings you important points.

It was worse for Pep Bassas (Peugeot), a debutant in this difficult test, who had a puncture made him lose all his options. Even so, he finished seventh in his category and continues to add important learning. Two other Spaniards, Sergio Fuentes (Peugeot) and Sergio Cuesta (Peugeot), finished ninth and tenth respectively in ERC3

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