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Ten time Canadian rally champion Antoine L’Estage to compete in Rally Liepāja

Liepāja, Latvia
October 3, 2018

Ten-time Canadian rally Champion Antoine L’Estage has registered for the final round of the Latvian Rally Championship, Rally Liepāja. Co-driven by fellow Canadian Alan Ockwell, he will be competing in the recently built Neiksans Rallysport Ford Fiesta NRC Prototype.

©Philip Erikson

The former driver of Subaru Rally Team Canada, Antoine L’Estage,said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to cross the Atlantic Ocean to gain new experience with Neiksans Rallysport – even though we have registered for the Latvian championship rounds, the competition covers all the stages included in the European Rally Championship!”

Find out more about the crew on their website:

©Philip Erikson

“I am honoured and proud that such an elite driver, a former Subaru Rally Team Canada driver will be the first one to compete in the first car we have built from the ground up – Ford Fiesta NRC Prototype!” begins Neiksans Rally Sport director Māris Neikšāns.

“I met Antoine when competing in the Big White Winter Rally in Canada. A word after another, and we concluded that he would like to try something new, but not in a Group N car. At that time, I did not have anything to offer, but, during the build of our Ford Fiesta NRC, I realized that the car might interest a driver of his calibre! And that is how it came to be – we got in touch, went over all questions, wrote down the answers, and Antoine is now on his way to Liepāja!”

Ford Fiesta NRC Prototype ©RA EVENTS / Ronalds Sirba

“We have been building the car since November last year, and the process is nearly complete now – I can definitely say that the competition debut of our Group Proto car is the team’s most important event of the year, and we are preparing accordingly. We will have tests before the rally, to make sure that both the crew and the car are ready for the competition!” says Māris Neikšāns.

FIA European Rally Championship round Rally Liepāja is possible thanks to the support of the Latvian government and the rally city of Liepāja. We would also like to thank our sponsors Neste, Škoda, Ramirent, our partner LDz Cargo, official car rental Sixt and our supporters Liepājas Olimpiskais Centrs, LSEZ, and Swecon. Informative support is provided by news portal DELFI, as well as Kurzemes Radio, JCDecaux, Go4Speed, and Zebra. Rally Liepāja would also not be possible without our rally friends: Dardedze, Esi Draugs, Ezerkauliņi, Flora, FN Serviss, Fristads, Jānis Pūce, Liepājas Datoru Centrs, Red Bull, Rent a Display, SignTech, Sportland, Törley, and Venden. Rally Liepāja is realized with support by the regional councils of Aizpute, Durbe, Kuldīga, Priekule, Skrunda, and Vaiņode. A special thank you goes out to the Latvian Automobile Federation. Rally Liepāja is organized by RA EVENTS and Speed Festival Kurzeme.

Rally Liepāja tickets are available in all Biļešu Serviss locations as well as online HERE. A single ticket costs 18.00 EUR, but on the week of the rally, beginning on October 8, the price will be increased to 25.00 EUR. Children up to 10 years of age and people with disabilities can attend the event free of charge. At the entrance of the stage, you will have to provide a valid document stating the age and/or disability.

Rally Liepāja spectators should remember that, before heading out to the stages, the tickets must be exchanged for wristbands – you will not be able to access the stages without a wristband. Information about the ticket exchange points is available on When exchanging the ticket for a wristband, you will also receive a spectator safety leaflet.