FIA ERC Cyprus Rally facts and figures

FIA ERC Cyprus Rally facts and figures

08.06.2018: ERC EVENT PREVIEW: CYPRUS RALLY FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8 Barely a week after Bruno Magalhães moved back into FIA European Rally Championship title contention with victory on the EKO

ERC EVENT PREVIEW: CYPRUS RALLY
FIA European Rally Championship round 4/8


 
Barely a week after Bruno Magalhães moved back into FIA European Rally Championship title contention with victory on the EKO Acropolis Rally, the all-action ERC is Cyprus-bound from 15-17 June when Larnaca hosts the award-winning event for the first time.
 
 

CYPRUS RALLY IN NUMBERS:



1970: The Cyprus Rally’s origins date back to 1970 when Victor Zachariades won in a Fiat 125. The 47th running in 2018 is the first to be based in Larnaca, a contemporary city with many attractions, eateries and historical sights as well as the popular Finikoudes beachfront.



5: Nasser Al-Attiyah is the Cyprus Rally’s most successful driver with five wins to his name, which is one more than world rallying legend Sébastien Loeb managed.



9: There have been nine ‘home’ winners of the Cyprus Rally since the first edition in 1970. Nicos Thomas and Spiros Georgiou were the last Cypriot pair to triumph in 2008.


204.92: Crews will tackle 204.92 timed kilometres over 13 stages. Cyta Yeri is the longest at 22 kilometres, Nicosia SSS the shortest at 4.82 kilometres.


65: Event organisers have attracted a 65-strong entry with 50 crews registered for the international rally.
 




FAST FACTS




*While Nasser Al-Attiyah is the rally’s most successful driver with five victories, other winners include Stig Blomqvist, Colin McRae, Petter Solberg, Ari Vatanen and current European championship leader Alexey Lukyanuk, who took top honours in 2016.



*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 calendar when the event was based in Nicosia after a spell in Pafos.



*As well as counting for ERC points, the Cyprus Rally is a round of the Cypriot and FIA Middle East championships, the latter attracting competitors from Lebanon, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.



*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.



*It took four months for Cyprus Rally organisers to put on their first world championship rally after the event was called up as a late replacement for the cancelled China Rally in May 2000.


*The event’s popular Golden Stage format is back for 2018 with the results of the final two stages combined to decide the Golden Stage winner. A prize fund of 6000 euros will be shared between the overall fastest driver, the top 2WD competitor and the top Cypriot crew.




- Richard Rodgers - photo FIA ERC

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