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Hot pace gives Al-Attiyah ERC Qualifying Stage win in sunny Cyprus

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:02

Nasser Al-Attiyah topped the Qualifying Stage for the Cyprus Rally, beating the FIA European Rally Championship title contenders to fastest time.

Five-time Cyprus Rally winner Al-Attiyah went 1.5s faster than reigning ERC champion Alexey Lukyanuk, who begins the rally only one point behind current points leader and ERC1 Junior Championship runner-up Chris Ingram.

“The pace is hot. We were pushing! But we need to have a good position for tomorrow,” said Al-Attiyah.

“The car is working very well and I’m happy to compete here against all the good ERC drivers. We are so excited.”

Norbert Herczig (MOL Racing Team) pulled off a stunning Qualifying Stage time to go third fastest, half a second faster than last year’s winner Simos Galatariotis (Petrolina Racing Team) who qualified fourth.

Ingram (Toksport WRT) completed the top five ahead of Mikko Hirvonen (MM-Motorsport), who is making his first ERC appearance since 2002. The 15-time world championship rally winner clipped a chicane and picked up cosmetic damage to the front-right corner of his Ford Fiesta.

The last of the three ERC title contenders, Łukasz Habaj (Sports Racing Technologies), went seventh quickest, with Niki Mayr-Melnhof, Emilio Fernàndez (Toksport WRT) and Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari completing the top 10.

Panayiotis Yiangou (Yiangou Motorsport Ltd) will be the last driver to select their road order position in Larnaca this afternoon, thanks to finishing P15 on the Qualifying Stage.

Tibor Érdi Jr. (Érdi Team Kft.) had gone sixth quickest on his only free practice run but lost the chance to replicate his earlier pace on the Qualifying Stage, his car grinding to a halt mid-stage with a technical issue.

After a long delay Érdi was able to fire up his car and complete the stage, eight minutes slower than Al-Attiyah’s time.

Albert von Thurn und Taxis (Baumschlager Rallye & Racing) and Juan Carlos Alonso both missed the Qualifying Stage due to issues for both in free practice: a rollover for von Thurn und Taxis and an oil leak on Alonso’s Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X.

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Cyprus Rally Qualifying Stage live on ERC Radio

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 08:00

The Cyprus Rally Qualifying Stage will be live on ERC Radio with Julian Porter and Chris Rawes reporting all the action as it happens.

ERC Radio is available at FIAERC.com, the FIA European Rally Championship's official website, or via the ERC app.

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Friday on the ERC Cyprus Rally

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 06:00

The 2019 Cyprus Rally, round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship, gets underway today with Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage from 07h00 and 10h03 local time respectively providing the early form indicators.

At 13h30, the fastest 15 drivers from qualifying will select their starting position for Saturday’s opening leg with the Qualifying Stage pacesetter first to pick at a ceremony in Nicosia followed by the second fastest driver and so on until all 15 positions have been selected.

Crews will then head south to Larnaca for the ceremonial start on the city’s promenade from 19h00.

Photo: Julian Porter/ERC Radio

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Galatariotis to fly the Cypriot flag highest in ERC

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 21:00

Last year’s winner Simos Galatariotis will top the list of local drivers contesting the Cyprus Rally, the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

Galatariotis became the first home competitor since Nicos Thomas in 2008 to claim victory on the Cyprus Rally when he triumphed by a slender margin of 0.6s following a dramatic climax to the gravel event.

He returns in 2019 in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 under the Petrolina Racing Team banner, while compatriots Andreas Psaltis (Citroën DS3 R5) and Panayiotis Yiangou (Hyundai i20 R5) will also be in action in ERC1.

There’s also a strong Cypriot representation in ERC2 courtesy of Antonis Chilimindris, Louis Papageorgiou and Petros Panteli, the ERC2 class winner in 2018. Christos Mannouris and Konstantinos Televantos carry Cypriot hopes in ERC3.

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ERC3 aces take on experienced locals

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 15:00

Four leading lights from the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category will take on two vastly experienced local drivers on the Cyprus Rally this week.

Orhan Avcioglu (Turkey) and event rookies Florian Bernardi (France), Erik Cais (Czech Republic) and Efrén Llarena (Spain) will go up against Cypriots Christos Mannouris and Konstantinos Televantos, who have nine Cyprus Rally starts between them.

Ekaterina Stratieva will also be chasing ERC3 points in Cyprus. Like Bernardi, Cais and Llarena, the Bulgarian is competing on the island for the first time.

The Cyprus Rally starts in Larnaca on Friday evening and features 12 special stages over a competitive distance of 199.76 kilometres.

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ERC Q&A: Chris Ingram

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 12:00

Chris Ingram starts this week’s Cyprus Rally leading the FIA European Rally Championship standings. This is what the Toksport WRT driver has had to say ahead of the challenging gravel event.

Cyprus is all-new for you but what do know about the event and its fearsome reputation?
"Cyprus will be a huge challenge. Last year on Rally Turkey I had a podium in World Rally Championship 2 on my debut so we can take confidence as it is similar in terms of the hot temperatures, rough gravel surface and technical roads."

How have you prepared for the event?
"I spent some time with my Toksport WRT mechanics and have prepared well with videos and training. However, most of my time has been spent trying to find sponsors and funding to compete in Cyprus, which is still challenging, but I will not stop."

What’s the objective for the Cyprus Rally?
"The target is to keep the championship lead, to do my best job for the team and everyone who has supported me. In Barum I regained a lot of self-belief and I want to keep the positive momentum."

You’ll be up against some rallying big hitters in Cyprus like Al-Attiyah and Hirvonen, what do you think of that prospect?
"It will be amazing to compete directly with the likes of Mikko Hirvonen and Nasser and it is a huge honour for me to be car 1, 10 years after [Sébastien] Loeb was car 1 on this rally. I always dreamed of being car 1 on an international rally and I hope to make the most of my opportunity. I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has supported us, my team Toksport and my sponsors Michelin and CarFinance247."

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Von Thurn und Taxis hoping ERC luck changes following treble trouble

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 06:00

ERC driver Albert von Thurn und Taxis will be hoping the good times return on the Cyprus Rally.

The ex-GT racer finished fifth on his event debut in 2017 and returns to the country yearning for a change of fortune after three consecutive non-finishes in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship.

And to give himself the best possible chance of a going the distance in Cyprus, von Thurn und Taxis completed a one-day test on Tuesday in the Baumschlager Rallye & Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5 he will use on the gravel event, which is based in Nicosia from 27-29 September.

Photo: Lina Arnautova/Autosportmedia.ru

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ACCR Czech Rally Team on top in ERC Nations’ Cup

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 18:00

The ACCR Czech Rally Team can add to its ERC Nations’ Cup points total on the Cyprus Rally.

Represented on the Mediterranean island by ERC3 Junior ace Erik Cais and squad newcomer Tomáš Kurka (pictured testing yesterday), the Autoclub of the Czech Republic-backed effort has a commanding ERC Nations’ Cup advantage over Rallye Team Spain and FPAK Team Portugal with two events remaining.

Meanwhile, this year’s Cyprus Rally will mark start number 10 in the ERC for Kurka, who made his FIA European Rally Championship debut in 2005 on his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

While Kurka will enjoy Ford Fiesta R5 power on the Cyprus Rally – his car of choice since 2017 – Kurka has also sampled a MINI John Cooper Works WRC. A class champion in Slovakia in 2016, Kurka has tackled two rallies in his homeland so far in 2019.

Photo: Lina Arnautova/Autosportmedia.ru

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Toksport goes large for ERC Cyprus Rally

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 12:00

Toksport WRT will enter not one but four cars on this week’s Cyprus Rally, the penultimate event of the FIA European Rally Championship season.

In addition to team regulars Orhan Avcioglu (Turkey) and Chris Ingram (Great Britain), the Germany-based team will also enter Rakan Al-Rashed from Saudi Arabia and Chilean Emilio Fernández.

While Al-Rashed has ERC experience from May’s Rally Liepāja, Fernández is a newcomer to the leading regional rally championship.

Ingram, who heads the overall ERC standings, will join fellow ŠKODA Fabia R5 drivers Al-Rashed and Fernández in ERC1 with Avcioglu the lone Toksport WRT representative in ERC3 at the wheel of a Peugeor 208 R2.

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Top ERC Junior Llarena begins Peugeot Rally Academy career in Cyprus

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 06:00

Efrén Llarena’s life as a Peugeot Rally Academy driver has begun after he test-drove his 208 R2 in Cyprus yesterday in preparation for the country’s FIA European Rally Championship counter later this week.

Llarena, who is the provisional winner of the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior title for 2019 subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA, is switching from his regular Rallye Team Spain-entered 208 to a Peugeot Rally Academy equivalent for what will be his Cyprus Rally debut.

“I am really grateful to the Peugeot Rally Academy for this fantastic opportunity to represent it on the Cyprus Rally and to build my experience on what I know will be a very demanding event,” said Llarena, who is co-driven by compatriot Sara Fernández. “I will do all I can to repay Peugeot Rally Academy for the faith it has shown in us and to help Sara win the ERC3 Co-Drivers’ title.”

Llarena and Fernández are beginning two days of reconnaissance ahead of the gravel event getting underway on Friday.

Photo: Lina Arnautova/Autosportmedia.ru

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Lukyanuk’s ERC Cyprus win bid is go!

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 18:00

Alexey Lukyanuk’s bid to win the Cyprus Rally for a second time – and regain control of the FIA European Rally Championship leaderboard from Chris Ingram – is go.

The Russian, one point behind Ingram in the title fight, joined several ERC drivers at a test today (Tuesday) where he worked on finalising the set-up on his Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

Lukyanuk also used the test to give high-speed passenger rides to winners of a lottery held by Cypriot company Onan Kynpoy, which is also a sponsor of the 2018 ERC champion.

The Cyprus Rally takes place from 27-29 September.

Photo: Lina Arnautova/Autosportmedia.ru

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Bernardi guns for gravel glory in ERC3

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 06:00

Florian Bernardi has ERC3 points in mind ahead of his Cyprus Rally debut this week, his second competitive outing on gravel.

The Renault-powered Frenchman is still pushing for FIA European Rally Championship category title success alongside co-driver and compatriot Victor Bellotto.

“Since the beginning of the season our goal is to score points in each of our races,” said Bernardi, who won ERC3 on Rally Islas Canarias in May. “For the moment, it's done. Cyprus will be my second event on gravel after Poland so the goal will be to finish this rally safely.”

As well as co-driving Bernardi, Bellotto has overseen the logistical arrangements to get the FA Competition Clio R3T from France to Cyprus in time. Two team members left the Abbeville base on 16 September and won’t return until 7 October.

Photos: Erik Agostinelli/Florian Bernardi Rally Team

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Habaj: no room for mistakes on ERC Cyprus Rally

Mon, 09/23/2019 - 06:00

Łukasz Habaj says there will be “no room for mistakes” when the three-way title fight for FIA European Rally Championship title glory continues in Cyprus this week.

Habaj was the early ERC title pacesetter following his breakthrough Azores Rallye victory in March. Although he no longer tops the table, the Pole is a mere 10 points adrift of leader Chris Ingram with two events remaining.

“Every rally is exciting but this one will be special because it will be my first time and of course it is very important for our fight for the title,” said the Sports Racing Technologies driver. “The season is at its highest moment. There is no room for any mistakes.”

While Habaj is a Cyprus Rally rookie, he’s more than aware of the challenge ahead.

“I know it is a very hot island and that organisers have brought back some stages driven when the Cyprus Rally used to be a world championship event, so I expect them to be extremely rough and tough for us and for our car.

“We are extremely focused and motivated and keep working hard to be as effective as possible. The second part of the season was not as good as first so far but I hope Cyprus will bring back the fortune. In the past it was quite lucky rally for Polish drivers.”

Krzysztof Hołowczyc is the only Pole to have won the Cyprus Rally, although Kajetan Kajetanowicz has two Cyprus podiums to his name.

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Cyprus Rally reference Al-Attiyah up for ERC success

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 06:00

Nasser Al-Attiyah starts the Cyprus Rally next week firmly in the hunt for a record-extending sixth victory – and the opportunity to cancel out his late Cypriot heartache in 2018.

Qatari Al-Attiyah, who has also won the country’s now-defunct Troodos Rally nine times, was in the lead starting the final stage of last year’s Cyprus Rally only for a puncture to drop him to fourth place and leave local hero Simos Galatariotis to take a maiden home win.

With the Cyprus Rally doubling as a round of the FIA European Rally Championship and FIA Middle East Rally Championship, Al-Attiyah has his sights firmly set on claiming the MERC title for a 14th time, a result that would equal Mohammed Bin Sulayem’s current benchmark.

In addition to his achievements in Cyprus and the MERC, Al-Attiyah is a world title-winning rally driver, former Dakar victor and Olympic Games medallist. He will contest the Cyprus Rally in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Frenchman Matthieu Baumel will co-drive.

Photo: Volkswagen Motorsport

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Ingram ‘overwhelmed’ after mother’s crowd-funding bid ensures Cyprus ERC outing

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:00

Chris Ingram has described the support he has received to continue his FIA European Rally Championship title bid as “overwhelming and humbling”.

Ingram was left fearing his challenge to become the first Briton since Vic Elford in 1967 to win the coveted FIA title was over when he lost out on the FIA ERC1 Junior prize fund 100,000 euros prize fund after Filip Mareš beat him to the title* for young stars in R5 cars.

That defeat – by a scant margin of 0.3s on Mareš’ home event – left Ingram with a major financial shortfall for next week’s Cyprus Rally with Toksport WRT.

But a crowd-funding campaign, launched by his mother Jo, has raised just enough money for Ingram to contest the penultimate event of the season, which the 25-year-old will start with a one-point lead over defending champion Alexey Lukyanuk, after a number of Czech fans and drivers made online contributions.

“The support has been overwhelming and humbling and I am so grateful to everyone who has supported us to get to Cyprus,” said Ingram. “To have so much support from the Czech fans after our great battle with Filip Mareš on the Barum Rally just shows there are some fantastic people in this sport and the rally community is the best.”

Ingram will be a Cyprus Rally rookie when the event takes place from 27-29 September.

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ERC event preview: Cyprus Rally

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 10:00

One of the toughest events on the international motorsport calendar takes place at one of the most exciting times in the recent history of the FIA European Rally Championship next week.

Essentials
What: FIA European Rally Championship round 7 of 8*
When: 27-29 September 2019
Where: Nicosia, Cyprus
Stages: 12
Distance: 199.76 kilometres
Surface: Gravel with some asphalt sections
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 5 (2014-2018)

*Also counting for: ERC2, ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, ERC Nations’ Cup, ERC Ladies’ Trophy

Recent winners:
2018: Simos Galatariotis/Antonios Ioannou (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2015: Nasser Al-Attiyah/Matthieu Baumel (Ford Fiesta R5)
2014: Yazeed Al-Rajhi/Michael Orr (Ford Fiesta RRC)

Overview
One of the toughest events on the international motorsport calendar takes place at one of the most exciting times in the recent history of the FIA European Rally Championship next week.

With two 2019 rounds remaining and three drivers locked in the fight for the coveted title, the Cyprus Rally in Nicosia from 27-29 September marks a potentially decisive point of the all-action ERC season.

Chris Ingram (Toksport WRT) heads defending champion Alexey Lukyanuk (Saintéloc Junior Team) by one point with Łukasz Habaj (Sports Racing Technologies) 10 points shy of Ingram, who is bidding to become the second ERC champion from Great Britain since Vic Elford triumphed in 1967.

While Habaj and Ingram will be Cyprus Rally rookies when they are flagged over the start ramp on Larnaca’s seafront next Friday evening (27 September), their lack of experience compared to rival Lukyanuk – who won the event in 2016 – is offset by a route revamp for this year.

By switching the event’s base from Larnaca in the south back to Nicosia towards the north, organisers have been able to include some of the semi-mountainous stages around the country’s capital with two stages not used since 2009 returning to the fold. But while some of the stages will be new to the bulk of the ERC crews, the intense heat, punishing, rock-strewn roads – some with asphalt sections – will continue to create a hugely tough test for car and crew.

Although the pulsating ERC title battle will grab the limelight in Cyprus, the entry list is full of intrigue, not least because of the inclusion of sporting all-rounder Nasser Al-Attiyah and former factory World Rally Championship driver Mikko Hirvonen. But while Al-Attiyah will be chasing a record-extending sixth Cyprus Rally win (he also won the country’s now-defunct Troodos Rally nine times), Hirvonen is competing with the sole intention of “having fun” in a Ford Fiesta R5 run by Markko Märtin’s MM-Motorsport team.

Simos Galatariotis became the first local driver since Nicos Thomas in 2008 to claim victory on the Cyprus Rally when he triumphed on last year’s event, albeit by a slender margin of 0.6s. His success put him on a list of winners that includes rallying heavyweights such as Stig Blomqvist, Marcus Grönholm, Sébastien Loeb, Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Petter Solberg, Ari Vatanen and Björn Waldegård. Several title-winning drivers will also be in action on the Cyprus Rally, while the ERC2 and ERC3 categories are well supported.

Twelve stages – including the mixed-surface Nicosia superspecial – over a competitive distance of 199.76 kilometres are in store as the start of the 48th Cyprus Rally – which counts for FIA ERC, FIA Middle East and Cypriot championship points – gets ever closer.

Cyprus Rally in 100 words
The Cyprus Rally has put car and crew to a significant test since 1970. And while the current format is a little less taxing than it once was, underestimating the challenging nature of this rallying heavyweight is a big mistake. Although fundamentally a gravel rally, some Tarmac sections feature, while punishing ambient and ground temperatures are a factor. Returning to Nicosia for 2019 has resulted in mountain stages around the capital being revived. The street stage through the United Nations-controlled Buffer Zone between Nicosia’s Greek Cypriot and Turkish inhabited areas continues remains on the combined ERC and Middle East rally.

What’s new for 2019?
Having run in June last season, this year’s Cyprus Rally takes place in September for the first time since 2015. Nicosia takes over from Larnaca as host of the service park, headquarters and media centre, which has resulted in semi-mountainous stages around the capital being included, some of which have been absent from the itinerary since 2009. However, Larnaca continues to host the start and finish ceremonies.

Changes to the ERC for 2019 include the renaming of the ERC Junior categories: ERC Junior Under 28 becomes ERC1 Junior, ERC Junior U27 becomes ERC3 Junior with continued support from Pirelli. R4-K and RGT cars are eligible for ERC2 points, the Abarth Rally Cup will be contested over six ERC rounds, while Rally Hungary joins the calendar for the first time as the deciding round in November.

Talking points
*Chris Ingram’s Cyprus Rally participation was made possible after his mother, Jo, launched a crowd-funding campaign. The Briton is one of four drivers representing the Toksport WRT outfit, which also features Rakan Al-Rashed from Saudi Arabia, Chilean Emilio Fernández and Turkey’s Orhan Avcioglu.
*Defending European champion Alexey Lukyanuk has experienced a love/hate relationship with the Cyprus Rally. After winning in 2016, the Russian crashed his Ford Fiesta R5 in 2018, on what was his 100thrally. He returns this year in a Citroën C3 R5.
*Although the Cyprus Rally is unchartered territory for ERC title contender Łukasz Habaj, the Pole has contested the Acropolis Rally in Greece in the past, which, like Cyprus is an event characterised by high ambient temperatures and rugged terrain.
*Nasser Al-Attiyah, a word title-winning rally driver, former Dakar victor and Olympic Games medallist, will be out for revenge in Cyprus: he was leading starting the final stage of last year’s event only for a puncture to drop him to fourth place. That left local hero Simos Galatariotis to take a maiden home win.
*Al-Attiyah’s fellow Qatari, Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, has claimed two podiums in the Middle East championship this season, his first rallying campaign since 2016.
*Ex-GT racer and 2018 Austrian rally champion Niki Mayr-Melnhof is using his Cyprus Rally debut as a prelude to a full ERC campaign in 2020. Meanwhile, Albert von Thurn und Taxis, another ex-GT driver, finished fifth on his first Cyprus Rally in 2017.
*Brazilian Paulo Nobre contested Turkey’s world championship counter earlier this month to warm up for the Cyprus Rally, which he’ll contest in his familiar Palmeirinha Rally-run Fabia.
*Tibor Érdi Jr, the double ERC2 champion from Hungary, made his only start in Cyprus back in 2015 but ended up at the bottom of a ravine after going off the road. He returns this year aiming for his first European championship points since switching to a top-of-the-range ŠKODA Fabia R5.
*Compatriot Norbert Herczig, a winner of his national title four times, finished third in Cyprus last season. The MOL Racing Team ace is back this year in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
*Mikko Hirvonen, a factory driver for Citroën and Ford in the World Rally Championship, has two Cyprus Rally podiums to his name. The Finn is making a shock, but purely for fun, ERC appearance on an event he has likened to the Dakar Rally, which he’s tackled on three occasions.
*Czech Tomáš Kurka and Cypriots Andreas Psaltis and Panayiotis Yiangou, who competes in a Hyundai i20 R5, complete the ERC1 class contingent.
*Argentina’s Juan Carlos Alonso will continue his bid for ERC2 title glory in Cyprus where his opposition will include Kuwait driver Mshari Althefiri, Russian Dmitry Feofanov, plus Cypriot trio Antonis Chilimindris, Louis Papageorgiou and Petros Panteli, the ERC2 class winner in 2018.
*The Peugeot Rally Academy has recruited ERC3 Junior ace Efrén Llarena for what will be the Spaniard’s Cyprus Rally debut.
*Ex-downhill mountain bike champion Erik Cais is set to take the fight to Llarena in his ACCR Czech Rally Team-entered Ford Fiesta R2T for what will also be his first Cyprus start.
*Florian Bernardi, another ERC3 contender and Cyprus rookie, will be in action in his familiar Renault Clio R3T as he continues to build his limited loose-surface experience.
*Christos Mannouris and Konstantinos Televantos will fly the Cypriot flag in ERC3, while Orhan Avcioglu is making his third ERC3 start following his European championship comeback in the summer.

Head to head: Cais v Llarena
Erik Cais (Czech Republic) and Efrén Llarena (Spain) were among the frontrunners in this season’s Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship with the support of their respective ASNs. After impressing in ERC3 Junior, both will continue their bids for ERC3 title glory on the Cyprus Rally, which they’ll both be contesting for the first time.

Form guide: Nasser Al-Attiyah
With a record five Cyprus Rally wins (plus nine on the now defunct Troodos Rally, previously a Middle East championship qualifier), Nasser Al-Attiyah is traditionally the driver to beat on the Cyprus Rally, which he’ll contest this year in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

How to follow?
On TV and online: Live coverage of selected stages on Facebook. Daily highlights on Eurosport, Eurosport Player. Videos on YouTube. ERC All Access on Eurosport on 1 October. Event highlights broadcast around the world.
Videos, news update and live timing: Available at FIAERC.com
ERC Radio: Live from the end of all stages and selected service park visits. Available at FIAERC.com or download the official ERC App
Social media: Follow the ERC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Daily news feed: Available on request by emailing media@fiaerc.com

Five facts:
1: The Cyprus Rally’s origins date back to 1970 when Victor Zachariades won in a Fiat 125. Although he didn't take part, 1967 ERC champion Vic Elford formed part of the route-planning team.
2: While Nasser Al-Attiyah is the rally’s most successful driver with five victories, other winners include Stig Blomqvist, Marcus Grönholm, Sébastien Loeb, Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Petter Solberg, Ari Vatanen, Björn Waldegård and current European championship leader Alexey Lukyanuk, who took top honours in 2016.
3: There have been 10 ‘home’ winners of the Cyprus Rally since the first edition in 1970. Prior to Simos Galatariotis and Antonios Ioannou winning in 2018 by 0.6s in a dramatic final-stage decider, Nicos Thomas and Spiros Georgiou were the last Cypriot pair to triumph back in 2008.
4: The Cyprus Rally has formed part of the ERC calendar in its various formats since 1978. From 2014 it’s been ever-present on the European roster when the event was based in Nicosia after a spell in Pafos.
5: Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean behind Sicily and Sardinia. There are 380 rural villages in the republic, while Mount Olympus in the Troodos Range peaks at 1951 metres.

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Itinerary for ERC Cyprus Rally published

Thu, 09/19/2019 - 06:00

Publication of the Cyprus Rally itinerary has thrown further light on the challenge facing crews contesting the ERC counter next week.

Consisting of 12 stages over a competitive distance of 199.76 kilometres, the 2019 Cyprus Rally is the penultimate event of the FIA European Rally Championship season and takes place from 27-29 September.

While it’s fundamentally a gravel event, 13 per cent of the competitive route uses asphalt stages. Even the Nicosia superspecial stage uses a combination of both surfaces.

Click here to view the full itinerary.

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ERC gets set for Super Special Stage Saturday in Cyprus

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 06:00

Saturday is Super Special Stage day on the Cyprus Rally with confirmation that the ground-breaking contest in the country’s capital Nicosia will once again feature on the event itinerary.

SSS Nicosia runs over a distance of 3.52 kilometres on a combination of asphalt and gravel roads.

From 17h07 local time on Saturday 28 September, crews will head off from the start on Omirou Avenue with the finish outside the District Courts of Nicosia. Along the way, crews head through the United Nations’ Buffer Zone, which divides Cyprus from Northern Cyprus.

Organisers have created a number of spectator viewing points and have worked extensively with the police and local authorities to minimise traffic delays caused by the road closures.

Recent SSS Nicosia winners
2018: Dávid Botka/Márk Mesterházi (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Nasser Al-Attiyah/Mathieu Baumel (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)

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Kajetanowicz goes from ERC champion to world-beater

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 06:00

Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the three-time winner of the FIA European Rally Championship, is now a winner at world level following his class triumph on Rally Turkey last weekend.

Competing under the LOTOS Rally Team banner, it was Kajetanowicz’s first success in the FIA World Rally Championship 2 category, his fourth podium in five starts and his third in succession. The result also put him at the top of the division standings with three rounds remaining in 2019.

“It's a fantastic feeling, we deserved to win,” said Kajetanowicz, who was co-driven by compatriot Maciej Szczepaniak. “We still have to work very hard to make it happen again. It was very difficult. It wasn't an easy rally for our families as well. Thank you for your support to my girls, because the rallies are demanding. I'm not just talking about the household budget, but also about commitment, understanding and tolerance.

“Rallies are unpredictable, especially rallies like this one. Rally Turkey was unrewarding for many crews, and it didn't treat us well either. The last two stages were driven only with rear-wheel drive. I'm very happy that we worked out a significant lead before the last day. That was enough! We managed to win.”

Kajetanowicz claimed a record European championship title hat-trick between 2015-2017 before stepping up to world level in 2018. The ERC is an established platform of progression for drivers aiming to climb from national to world level. The Cyprus Rally hosts the penultimate round of this season’s title battle from 27-29 September.

Meanwhile, Esapekka Lappi, the driver Kajetanowicz succeeded as FIA European champion, finished second overall in Turkey.

Photo: Kajto.pl

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Former winners prepare to chase more Cyprus ERC glory

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 06:00

The last three winners of the Cyprus Rally will all be in action when the country’s FIA European Rally Championship counter takes place from 27-29 September.

Simos Galatariotis (pictured), who bagged a sensational victory by 0.6s in 2018, is contesting his home event where his opposition will include the five-time Cyprus Rally winner Nasser Al-Attiyah – who last triumphed in 2017 – and 2016 victor Alexey Lukyanuk, the defending ERC champion.

And to make the battle even more intriguing, all three will compete in different types of car with Galatariotis at the wheel of a ŠKODA Fabia R5, Al-Attiyah driving a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 and Lukyanuk relying on Citroën C3 R5 power.

Photo: Cyprus Rally

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Kalendarz 2019

21-23.03.2019:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

02-04.05.2019

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

24-26 05.2019

Rally Liepāja (Łotwa)

28-30.06.2019

Rajd Polski

19-21.07.2019

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

16-18.08.2019

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

27-29.09.2019:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

08-10.11.2019:

Rally Hungary (Węgry)