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Alonso back in the ERC2 hunt

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:00

Juan Carlos Alonso ended a frustrating run of events in the FIA European Rally Championship with an ERC2 podium on the Cyprus Rally.

After winning ERC2 on the Azores Airlines Rallye in late March, the Argentine failed to go the distance in Gran Canaria and Greece.

But he hit back with third in ERC2 in the Larnaca-based Cyprus Rally to keep his championship hopes alive at the halfway point of the season.

“To be here is wonderful for us,” said Alonso. “Thanks to my co-driver [Juan Pablo Monastelero], his pacenotes were just brilliant and big thanks to my team who made a new car from a broken car.”

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Avcioǧlu praises Toksport after ERC top five

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 12:00

Orhan Avcioǧlu celebrated his FIA European Rally Championship career-high fifth place on the Cyprus Rally by praising his Toksport team for keeping him in contention for a top result.

Avcioǧlu, the 2017 FIA Balkan Rally Trophy winner from Turkey, described his Cyprus Rally debut as “really difficult and eventful” after battling back from a few mechanical issues and a high-speed trip through a field.

“We changed the propshaft, changed the rear hub two times, changed the transmission, the front windshield is cracked, a lot was going on this weekend but our pace was not so bad, lower than one second per kilometre in almost all stages and that’s a positive note to take back for my first time here.

“We lost 1m10s when we went off into the field and [without that] we could have been fighting for the podium but maybe that's meant for another time. I’m still really happy, I wanted a top five finish and I knew we could do it. Thank you to all the Toksport team. They worked really hard and had a really good strategy. These results don’t come easily, we worked really hard and I’m super-happy when it’s like that.”

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First ERC points of 2018 a big step for von Thurn und Taxis

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:00

Albert von Thurn und Taxis has described landing his first FIA European Rally Championship points of 2018 as a “really big step forward”.

The ex-GT racer and relative rallying newcomer faced the prospect of running at the head of the field through Sunday’s stages on the Cyprus Rally in his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5.

But despite the low-grip, challenging conditions, von Thurn und Taxis drove without error to reach the finish in Larnaca in a strong eighth overall alongside co-driver Bjorn Degandt.

“It was a really big step forward,” von Thurn und Taxis said. “It was a rally of ups and downs. I was not so happy with my speed [on Saturday], it was difficult with changes of rhythm and some of them really fast with different grip situations and I was really struggling at points. But I am happy where we are at the end of the weekend.”

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Three-year wait for ERC success worth it for Panteli, Christodoulou

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:00

Petros Panteli’s co-driver Kyprias Christodoulou said winning ERC2 on their home round of FIA European Rally Championship was the “best feeling” and the culmination of a three-year wait for success.

Panteli and fellow Cypriot Christodoulou took the showroom category laurels on the Cyprus Rally in their Q8 Oils Rally Team Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

Afterwards, a delighted Christodoulou – who competes under the ‘Q8’ pseudonym – said: “It’s the best feeling. We did our best, we tried things that nobody tried and we accomplished what we were desiring for the last three years.

“We knew we would have an advantage on the first stage [on Sunday] because the first stage is our home stage and we knew we could get some time off [Panikos] Polykarpou. After that he was unlucky because he had a puncture, we were really careful and we did not have a puncture at all and we end the day with this position.”

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Tough end to Nordgren’s strong ERC Cyprus weekend

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 12:00

Juuso Nordgren was left to lament what might have been in the FIA European Rally Championship after he rolled out of the lead of the Cyprus Rally, retiring shortly afterwards.

Following an impressive ERC debut in Greece two weeks ago, Nordgren was on strong form on the demanding Cypriot stages, which he was sampling for the first time in his Wevers Sport ŠKODA Fabia R5.

“I am really sorry for both team and everyone,” said the ŠKODA Motorsport junior talent following his SS9 crash. “I don’t know what to say. I don’t have any explanation. I crashed the car, now our rally is done.

“We had a long wait before the stage, then at the first corner, [it was] very slippery, I went wide there. It was a really amateur mistake with the cold tyres into the first corner."

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ACCR Czech Team’s ERC juniors battle for home podium

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 06:00

Jan Černý just did enough to edge out fellow ACCR Czech Team driver Filip Mareš to land second place among the Czech championship runners in third overall on the Agrotec Petronas Rally Hustopeče last weekend.

While former FIA European champion Jan Kopecký’s capture of a win number 20 in succession in his national series was a highlight, the battle between Černý and fellow Czech hopeful Mareš also created considerable interest.

“The first leg was not so perfect from our side, but the second one was much better, I enjoyed it,” Černý (pictured) said afterwards. “We were forced to fight until the finish of the last stage and that’s exactly why we are doing this sport.”

Mareš, who is stepping up to R5 machinery in 2018 after finishing third in the ERC Junior Under 27 Championship last season, said: “Jan was faster so deserves this. But we are not unhappy with our position and we must improve if we want to be on the podium. We have gained lot of new experience.”

Černý will chase ERC Junior Under 28 points on Rally di Roma Capitale next month. Mareš will do likewise on Barum Czech Rally Zlín at the end of August when Černý will also be in action.

ERC Junior Under 28 podium contender Martin Koči finished second overall on the Agrotec Petronas Rally Hustopeče, beating ERC regular Grzegorz Grzyb to top Slovakian championship points with Pole Grzyb taking fifth overall.

Meanwhile, Marijan Griebel, last year’s ERC Junior U28 champion, took his PEUGEOT Deutschland-backed 208 T16 to second place on the ADAC Rallye Stemweder Berg in his native Germany last weekend.

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ERC title lead “very important” for Magalhães

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 18:00

SEAJETS-backed Bruno Magalhães has underlined the importance of moving to the top of the title standings in his bid to continue his pursuit of FIA European Rally Championship glory.

Second place on the Cyprus Rally gives the Portuguese a 15-point lead over Alexey Lukyanuk – who failed to go the distance on the second event running – at the halfway point of the season.

However, Magalhães was unable to confirm if he’ll have the funds to contest next month’s Rally di Roma Capitale due to his ongoing financial struggles.

“I am in first place in the championship and this is very important for me,” said the Portuguese, who arrived in Cyprus after winning the EKO Acropolis Rally. “I don’t have a project for all the year, it’s rally by rally and it depends on the result. I am now going to try to find the sponsorship for the next one. It will be tough.”

Magalhães missed out on winning the Cyprus Rally by a scant 0.6s to Cypriot champion Simos Galatariotis, point to a momentary delay on the final stage as a key factor in the result.

“When you lose by 0.6s it’s nothing,” said the ARC Sport ŠKODA Fabia driver. “I was lucky because Nasser [Al-Attiyah] had a puncture in the last stage [so I could move to second] but when I past Nasser he made a reverse [from the puncture] and I need to stop. From one side I was lucky because he punctured. But it’s like that.”

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Falcón holds ERC Ladies’ Trophy edge

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:00

Emma Falcón battled brake problems to finish the Cyprus Rally and maintain her lead in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy classification.

While the Citroën DS3 R3T-driving Spaniard’s mechanical issues caused several woes, other highs included the fastest time of all in the ERC3 division through the Nicosia superspecial on Sunday morning, plus a move into third overall in the ERC3 standings after four FIA European Rally Championship events.

Catie Munnings, in a Saintéloc Junior Team PEUGEOT 208 R2, was also in action in Cyprus, her efforts hampered by a 15-minute time penalty handed out for a stage-start issue on Saturday afternoon. The Briton could gain some satisfaction for her capture of nine stage wins in class alongside new co-driver Alba Sánchez.

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Saintéloc Junior Team on top in ERC entrants’ prize chase

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 06:00

Saintéloc Junior Team’s Cyprus Rally entry paid dividends with the French squad taking first place in the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams.

Strong results in two-wheel drive for Laurent Pellier and Catie Munnings earned Saintéloc Junior Team 40 points from the Larnaca-based event and a 13-point advantage over MOL Racing Team after the fourth round of the 2018 ERC season.

Russian Performance Motorsport had topped the table following the EKO Acropolis Rally, but a non-score from Alexey Lukyanuk – its lone representative in Cyprus – means it slips to third in the table, six behind MOL.

Q8 Oils Rally Team (26 points), Toksport WRT (18 points) and ACCR Czech Team (15 points) also scored well in Cyprus.

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Al-Attiyah gracious in ERC defeat 

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:00

Nasser Al-Attiyah was gracious in defeat after a final-stage puncture cost him a shot at claiming a record-extending sixth Cyprus Rally victory.

Al-Attiyah, from Qatar, started the closing test of the FIA European Rally Championship counter 2.3s in front of home hero Simos Galatariotis following a stunning recovery drive from a double puncture on Saturday, but slipped to fourth when he was forced to change the damaged tyre on his Autotek Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5.

“We make a good time previous stage but for the last seven kilometres we have a slow puncture,” Al-Attiyah explained. “We decide to continue but we need to stop because everything would break. “Okay, this is the game and we did our best. It was a good battle this weekend.”

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Cypriot Tsouloftas is the Golden boy of the ERC

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00

Alexandros Tsouloftas hit back from the disappointment of his retirement on day one of the Cyprus Rally to go fastest across Sunday’s final leg and win the prestigious Golden Stage in the process.

The Cypriot youngster retired from the podium fight on the fourth event of the FIA European Rally Championship season on Saturday following a mechanical failure but restarted on Sunday and demonstrated an impressive turn of speed with the fastest time of all on the final stage.

Along with the PSALTIS AUTOPARTS-backed SS12, the ENEOS-supported SS13 formed the Golden Stage with Tsouloftas winning 2000 euros for posting the quickest combined time. He also landed another 2000 euros as the fastest Cypriot contender.

“We had some bad luck this weekend but we really enjoyed today with all the fans,” said Tsouloftas, who also scored seven ERC bonus points for winning leg two.

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Podium brace puts Herczig high in ERC

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 06:00

Norbert Herczig made it two FIA European Rally Championship podiums in as many events with another impressive rookie performance, this time on the Cyprus Rally.

The four-time Hungarian champion inherited third when Nasser Al-Attiyah suffered a final-stage puncture, despite the MOL Racing Team driver having to nurse a deflation of his own through the closing four kilometres.

“We got a puncture on the last stage,” said Herczig. “But we were still thinking we could take the fourth position. But then after the stage we realised Nasser got a puncture and we reached a better position. We are here and we are really happy.”

Herczig has no previous experience of any events on this year’s ERC calendar but belied that lack of experience by moving into third place in the championship standings.

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Unstoppable ERC3 winner Pellier sweeps up in Cyprus dust

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 19:39

FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 regular Laurent Pellier scored a near-perfect victory in the ERC3 support category on the Cyprus Rally, winning by more than 13 minutes.

Pellier, who usually drives for the PEUGEOT Rally Academy in an R5-specification 208 T16, dropped down to a 208 R2 for the Cyprus Rally with the same Saintéloc Junior Team which runs his ERC Junior U28 programme.

He had won every stage on Saturday and came close to making it a perfect 11 from 11, stopped only by Emma Falcón who was victorious in SS8 on Sunday.

Pellier’s only drama on the closing day was a front-left puncture on the first stage, but was otherwise untroubled, even matching the pace of more powerful four-wheel-drive production class ERC2 cars on occasion.

Artur Muradian had been Pellier’s closest challenger, though he fell by the wayside at midday service. He had suffered a broken wishbone on SS9, and though cancellation of SS10 allowed him to return directly to service without penalty, his Renault Clio could not be fixed for the afternoon loop.

Constantinos Televantos ensured every Cyprus Rally class would have a local driver on the podium, safely passing through Sunday’s stages to secure second place aboard his Q8 Oils Rally Team Ford Fiesta R2.

He was joined on the rostrum by ERC newcomer Norbert Bereczki, finishing third despite driving a lone R1 specification car less powerful than those of his R3 and R2-equipped rivals.

Falcón added a fourth place finish to her earlier stage win, overcoming similar mechanical gremlins to those which had affected her pace at EKO Rally Acropolis. This also won her the ERC Ladies' Trophy battle, finishing ahead of Pellier’s Saintéloc Junior team-mate Catie Munnings in fifth place.

Munnings had originally been in a podium position fight with Televantos, at one point even over 40 seconds ahead, but a 15 minute penalty due to a start line mix-up on Saturday’s third stage. Christos Mannouris completed the ERC3 top six, driving a similar Citroën DS3 R3T to Falcón.

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Panteli seals maiden ERC2 win on home event

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 19:06

Petros Panteli scored a dream maiden FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category win on the Cyprus Rally, his home event, cruising home safely after issues struck nearest challenger Panikos Polykarpou.

There had been a lead change overnight in the production-spec category, as Polykarpou was handed down a 20 second penalty for checking out late from Saturday evening’s service in Larnaca.

This gave Panteli a 0.2s advantage as Sunday’s five stages began, albeit with Polykarpou expected to mount a strong comeback after winning four stages to Panteli’s two on Saturday.

Polykarpou’s hopes were dashed almost instantly, as a right rear puncture in SS7 forced him to pull over mid-stage and change a wheel, dropping five minutes and handing Panteli a lead he would hold until the very end.

Michalis Posedias ensured a Cypriot 1-2 in ERC2, losing 18.5s to Panteli in SS7 before gaining that time back – and a little more – across Sunday afternoon’s two stage loop to finish 33.8s adrift of Panteli.

Juan Carlos Alonso scored a welcomed third place after two consecutive retirements on Rally Islas Canarias and EKO Acropolis Rally. Starting first on the road had compromised his speed on Saturday, so was happy to keep his driving neat and tidy and ensure a solid haul of points to go with his podium trophy.

Much like Alonso, Zelindo Melegari was pleased to bring his Movisport Lancer back safe and sound for good points in fourth place, after a pair of challenging events to begin his season on Airlines Azores Rallye and Rally Islas Canarias. He did enough to fend off the recovering Polyparkou in fifth place, finishing 25.1s ahead.

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Day report: Galatariotis turns local legend with stunning ERC Cyprus finish

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:37

Simos Galatariotis cemented his status as a local legend by scoring a dramatic last-gasp FIA European Rally Championship victory over Bruno Magalhães by 0.6s on his home event, the Cyprus Rally.

Home favourite Galatariotis captured a first win for a Cypriot driver in 10 years despite carrying a front-right puncture to the finish line of the closing ENEOS Golden Stage.

Nasser Al-Attiyah had stormed into first place on the penultimate stage, taking 20.6s out of Galatariotis to gain a 2.3s lead with one stage remaining.

However, Al-Attiyah was forced to stop and change a puncture close to the finish of the Cyprus Rally’s final test, his attempts to continue with a deflating tyre for several kilometres ultimately in vain.

SEAJETS-backed Magalhães overtook Al-Attiyah in-stage moments before the finish line to snatch second place and a points lead in the ERC championship standings. He was 0.6s behind Galatariotis, the third closest finish in recent ERC history.

The Portuguese driver's weekend-long approach of being sensible and avoiding rocks at all costs paid dividends, ensuring another top result after his win on the EKO Acropolis Rally two weeks ago.

Norbert Herczig was promoted to a surprise second consecutive podium finish by Al-Attiyah’s delay, finishing 1m21.4s behind Galatariotis aboard his MOL Racing Team ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Al-Attiyah settled for fourth place after his late tyre change, while fifth went to Toksport WRT’s Orhan Avcioğlu, his first ERC top five finish.

Vojtéch Štajf turned the tables on Dávid Botka, whom he narrowly lost the ERC2 category title to back in 2015. ACCR Czech Team driver Štajf edged out his Sysinfo Rallye Team rival for sixth place by 13.4s, while behind both Albert von Thurn und Taxis scored his first ERC points finish of 2018 in eighth.

Petros Panteli sealed ninth place overall and the ERC2 win for Q8 Oils Rally Team, ahead of a rapidly recovering Alexandros Tsouloftas in P10. It was an astounding day’s work from Tsouloftas, going fastest on leg two to score seven bonus points and also win the Golden Stage cash prize.

Leg Two recap: Lead battle goes down to the wire
Wevers Sport youngster Juuso Nordgren had gone into Leg Two with a 4.6s lead over Galatariotis, and despite a pledge to keep his driving clean and sensible, managed to extend his lead to 7.3 seconds after two stages.

From there Cyprus lost its second major victory contender after Alexey Lukyanuk’s retirement on Saturday afternoon. Nordgren rolled his ŠKODA Fabia R5 only one corner into the Lageia stage, losing a minute and dropping out of the podium places.

Nordgren’s mistake gave Galatariotis his first taste of first place, but pressure was strong from behind. Bruno Magalhães was only 3.3s adrift, while Nasser Al-Attiyah was recovering rapidly from a double puncture late on Saturday.

Though Galatariotis had increased his margin over a cautious Magalhães to 12.7s by midday service, Al-Attiyah closed in further, 18.3.s in arrears. By now Nordgren had fallen out of contention altogether, retiring from a separate incident to his roll one stage later.

The lead battle quickly became a two-horse race, Magalhães backing off to secure ERC championship points and allowing his two rivals to take control out front.

Al-Attiyah turned in a storming drive through PSALTIS AUTOPARTS Golden Stage 1, 17.0s quicker than Magalhães and 20.6s ahead of Galatariotis to vault both and steal first place away with one stage remaining.

Magalhães’ safety-first approach would be vindicated however, as one of the most exciting finishes in ERC history played out amongst those in full attack mode. As onlookers awaited Al-Attiyah’s arrival at the finish of the ENEOS Golden Stage 2, it was Magalhães who arrived first after he overtook the stricken Al-Attiyah late on in the final stage. The Qatari's hopes of a record-extending sixth win were over.

This would surely hand victory to Galatariotis, yet the Cyprus Rally was not finished creating more drama. A front-right puncture meant Galatariotis was half a minute off the pace, though he clung on to a first ERC victory by the smallest of margins. An 11.4s advantage had been slashed to 0.6s as Galatariotis crossed the final flying finish.

Al-Attiyah dropped to fourth place after trying his best to press ahead with a slow puncture to his front right tyre. Despite his best efforts, it risked causing extensive damage to his Ford Fiesta R5, so a spell on the side of the road to change it for a spare was required.

Behind Galatariotis and Magalhães was MOL Racing Team’s Nobert Herczig, picking up his second consecutive ERC podium finish. After SS2 on Saturday he had been down in ninth overall, but methodically climbed his way up the order. He lost only 10.2s to eventual winner Galatariotis across Sunday’s six stages, showing how quickly he had improved on his first ever Cyprus Rally appearance.

Behind Al-Attiyah, a large midfield scrap carried over from Saturday and continued well into Sunday, eventually headed by Orhan Avcioğlu. It was the Toksport WRT driver’s best ERC result to date, executing a measured drive on Sunday after a fence-demolishing trip through a field the day before.

Vojtéch Štajf turned the tables on his old ERC2 rival Dávid Botka in their battle over what would become sixth position. Štajf started with a 14.5s deficit to Botka, whom he had been defeated by for the ERC2 title in 2015, but turned this into a 13.4s advantage by rally end.

A pivotal moment in their battle came away from the special stages in a road section leading up to SS8. Botka missed a turning and arrived two minutes late, incurring a 20-second penalty to hand Štajf a position he would not relinquish.

Behind Botka in seventh was Albert von Thurn und Taxis, who was elated to have survived Cyprus’ treacherous stages and record his first ERC points finish of 2018 with eighth place. Despite starting first on the road and road-sweeping for all those behind him, he kept a steady pace all day, starting 4.6s behind Štajf and finishing 4.7s behind Botka.

Petros Panteli not only scored his first ERC2 category win, but dovetailed his production success with ninth overall in the full ERC classification. Though his heavier Q8 Oils Rally Team Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X could not keep pace with his much more nimble R5 rivals, he held off his fellow compatriot Alexandros Tsouloftas by only 5.6s.

Tsouloftas had executed a stunning comeback drive on Sunday, going fastest across Sunday’s five stages to win Leg Two and take a maximum seven bonus points. He had retired late on Saturday from a potential podium position with a broken wishbone, but bounced back emphatically come Sunday.

Tsouloftas topped up his P10 finish and Leg Two victory with a double win in the Cyprus Rally’s Golden Stage, taking home a cash prize as both the quickest overall driver and also the fastest Cypriot.

Michalis Posedias brought his production-spec Lancer to the finish P11, while ERC3 category winner Laurent Pellier completed the Cyprus Rally P12, a fantastic result given he was piloting a less powerful front-wheel-drive R2-specification PEUGEOT 208.

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Breaking news: Galatariotis wins ERC in Cyprus by 0.6 seconds!

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:33

Simos Galatariotis scored a dramatic last-gasp FIA European Rally Championship victory on the Cyprus Rally, as both he and late leader Nasser Al-Attiyah picked up final stage punctures.

Home favourite Galatariotis captured a first win for a Cypriot driver on Cyprus Rally in 10 years despite carrying a front right puncture to the finish line of the ENEOS Golden Stage.

Al-Attiyah had stormed into first place in the penultimate stage of Leg Two, taking 20.6s out of Galatariotis to gain a 2.3s lead with one stage remaining.

However, Al-Attiyah was forced to stop and change a puncture close to the finish of the Cyprus Rally’s final test, his attempts to continue with a deflating tyre for several kilometres ultimately in vain.

SEAJETS-backed Bruno Magalhães overtook Al-Attiyah in-stage moments before the finish line to snatch second place and a points lead in the ERC championship standings.

His weekend-long approach of being sensible and avoid rocks at all costs paid dividends, ensuring another top result after his win on EKO Acropolis Rally two weeks ago.

Norbert Herczig was promoted to a surprise second consecutive podium finish by Al-Attiyah’s stoppage, finishing 1m21.4s behind Galatariotis aboard his MOL Racing Team ŠKODA Fabia R5.

Al-Attiyah settled for fourth place after his late tyre change, while fifth went to Toksport WRT’s Orhan Avcioğlu, his first ERC top five finish.

Vojtéch Štajf turned the tables on Dávid Botka, whom he narrowly lost the ERC2 category title to back in 2015. ACCR Czech Team driver Štajf edged out his Sysinfo Rallye Team rival for sixth place by 13.4s, while behind both Albert von Thurn und Taxis scored his first ERC points finish of 2018 in eighth.

Petros Panteli sealed a first ERC2 production class win for Q8 Oils Rally Team along with ninth place overall, ahead of a rapidly recovering Alexandros Tsouloftas in P10. It was an astounding day’s work from Tsouloftas, going fastest across Leg Two’s five stages to score seven bonus points and also win the Golden Stage cash prize.

ERC Junior Under 28 regular Laurent Pellier also secured victory in his ERC3 category cameo.

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Battle for glory resumes in Cyprus live on ERC Radio

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 15:12

The thrilling battle for victory on the Cyprus Rally, round four of the FIA European Rally Championship, will resume with stage 12 from 16h35 local time (15h35 CET).

ERC Radio will provide all the action and reaction live as Simos Galatariotis bids to become the first Cypriot winner of the event since Nicos Thomas in 2008.

Galatariotis is two stages from a famous home triumph but with Bruno Magalhães a slender 12.7s behind and Nasser Al-Attiyah chasing hard in third place – 5.6s behind Magalhães –  a dramatic showdown is in store.

As well as deciding the winner of the 2018 Cyprus Rally, the closing special stages will count for the Golden Stage, which rewards cash prizes to the quickest overall, best 2WD and fastest Cypriot crew.

SS12, PSALTIS AUTOPARTS Golden Stage, begins at 16h35 with SS13, ENEOS Golden Stage 2, following at 17h33.

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Pellier all set for ERC3 triumph in Cyprus

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:54

Laurent Pellier is only two stages away from a triumphant cameo in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category, leading comfortably from nearest rival Artur Muradian.

ERC Junior Experience graduate Pellier demonstrated why he earned a place with PEUGEOT Rally Academy in ERC Junior Under 28 this year, adding another two stage wins to his six earned on Saturday.

His only drama on Sunday morning was a front left puncture picked up in SS7, still picking up fastest time regardless aboard his Saintéloc Junior Team-prepared PEUGEOT 208 R2.

Muradian remains second despite a less than ideal end to his morning. His Renault Clio R3 suffered a broken rear wishbone in SS9, losing 1m08.9s relative to Pellier.

Constantinos Televantos appears set for a podium finish on his ERC3 debut, potentially delivering a double success for Q8 Oils Rally Team with his team-mate Petros Panteli close to victory in ERC2. Norbert Bereczki is fourth in his R1-specification Suzuki Swift, a good achievement given its lack of power relative to his R3 and R2-equipped rivals.

Emma Falcón put a challenging opening day of the Cyprus Rally behind her, winning stage eight and set for a top five finish in class. Crucially she now also leads the ERC Ladies Trophy battle, several minutes ahead of rival Catie Munnings.

Saintéloc Junior Team’s second driver had been fighting Televantos for an ERC3 podium, but a mix-up on Saturday’s restarted stage three start line meant she departed late, picking up a time penalty as a result. She is a safe sixth place, well ahead of Christos Mannouris aboard his Citroën DS3 R3T.

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Panteli two Cyprus stages away from first ERC2 win

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:32

Petros Panteli has one hand firmly on a first FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category winner’s trophy, leading the Cyprus Rally’s production class with only two stages remaining.

Q8 Oils Rally Team pilot Panteli began Sunday with a mere 0.2 seconds in hand over fellow Cypriot Panikos Polykarpou, an uncomfortable lead for Panteli given his rival’s status as a pre-rally favourite for ERC2 honours.

However, Polykarpou’s Psaltis Auto Parts-prepared Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X picked up a puncture in Sunday’s first stage, costing him five minutes as he pulled over to change his right-rear wheel mid-stage.

Panteli’s closest challenger is compatriot Michalis Posedias, who scored a stage win to finish his Sunday morning loop. 48.0s separates the pair with two stages remaining.

Azores Airlines Rallye ERC2 winner Juan Carlos Alonso is set for his second finish of 2018, 1m27.3s behind Panteli in third with his RMC Motorsport Lancer Evo X.

Zelindo Melegari, who changed to a Lancer Evo X mid-season, is fourth, holding a 1m07.9s advantage over Polyparkou aboard his Movisport-prepared car.

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Statement from Cyprus Rally organisers

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 14:27

The organisers of the Cyprus Rally, round four of the FIA European Rally Championship, have issued a statement as follows.

Stage 10 of the Cyprus Rally has been interrupted following an incident involving a competing car and a car belonging to a member of the public. There were no casualties and an investigation is under way to establish the circumstances.

Stage 11 has been cancelled for timing reasons.

The start time of SS12 will be advised in due course. No further comment will be made at this time.

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ORLEN 74 Rally Poland / Rajd Polski

ORLEN 74 Rally Poland

2018 Calendar

22-24 March

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugal)

3-5 May

Rally Islas Canarias (Spain)

1-3 June

Acropolis Rally (Greece)

15-17 June

Cyprus Rally (Cyprus)

0-22 July

Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy)

24-26 August

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic)

21-23 September

Rally Poland

12-14 October

Rally Liepaja (Lativa)