ERC title chase takes dramatic twist as Al-Attiyah scores record-extending Cyprus win

ERC title chase takes dramatic twist as Al-Attiyah scores record-extending Cyprus win

29.09.2019: * Defending European champion Lukyanuk hits trouble, handing advantage to Ingram * Alonso battles back to clinch ERC2 crown**, Llarena secures ERC3 gl

* Defending European champion Lukyanuk hits trouble, handing advantage to Ingram

* Alonso battles back to clinch ERC2 crown**, Llarena secures ERC3 glory(**)

* Al-Attiyah lands sixth Cyprus victory in Autotek Volkswagen Polo

*Former world star Hirvonen inherits third with Habaj next up



FIA European Rally Championship 2019, Round 7 of 8
Cyprus Rally leg two  29 September 2019




Nasser Al-Attiyah grabbed a record-extending sixth Cyprus Rally victory on a pivotal day in the battle for FIA European Rally Championship glory.



With Briton Chris Ingram (Toksport WRT) finishing in second place following the disqualification of Simos Galatariotis due to a parc fermé infringement and Russia’s defending champion Alexey Lukyanuk retiring with technical issues, Ingram will take a lead of 18 points to the inaugural Rally Hungary season decider from 8-10 November, when Łukasz Habaj will make it a three-way battle for the title.



The Pole, who lost time due to an electrical issue on the closing leg, is back up to second in the standings, six ahead of Lukyanuk in the hunt for European rallying’s top prize.



While the overall ERC title remains firmly up for grabs, Juan Carlos Alonso and Juan Pablo Monasterolo put the ERC2 crown** beyond doubt with a battling drive to fourth in class after brake problems caused the Argentines plenty of anguish in the sweltering Cypriot sunshine.



There was also title success for Efrén Llarena and Sara Fernández in ERC3**, the Spanish federation pair making the most of the opportunity handed to them by the Peugeot Rally Academy to compete in Cyprus for the first time.



Former FIA World Rally Championship star Mikko Hirvonen’s one-off return to the ERC following a 17-year absence netted a fine third overall. Niki Mayr-Melnhof celebrated an ERC-best fifth behind Habaj, Albert von Thurn und Taxis scored a season-high sixth ahead of Chilean ERC rookie Emilio Fernández.



Qatar’s Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, four-time Hungarian champion Norbert Herczig and Brazilian Paulo Nobre completed the top 10. Bulgaria’s Ekaterina Stratieva topped the ERC Ladies’ Trophy classification for the Saintéloc Junior Team.






PROVISIONAL TOP 10 POSITIONS (after 12 stages, 105.62 kilometres)


1 Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Matthieu Baumel (FRA) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 3h02m51.3s
2 Chris Ingram (GBR)/Ross Whittock (GBR) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +3m5.9s
3 Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)/Jarmo Ottman (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5 +4m34.0s
4 Łukasz Habaj (PLN)/Daniel Dymurski (PLN) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +5m43.4s
5 Niki Mayr-Melnhof (AUT)/Poldi Welsersheimb (AUT) Ford Fiesta R5 +6m03.0s
6 Albert von Thurn und Taxis (DEU)/Bernhard Ettel (AUT) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +7m01.5s
7 Emilio Fernández (CHL)/Axel Coronado (ESP) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +8m07.7s
8 Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (QAT)/Marshall Clarke (GBR) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +8m50.8s
9 Norbert Herczig (HUN)/Ramón Ferenc (HUN) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 +9m26.3s
10 Paulo Nobre (BRA)/Gabriel Morales (BRA) ŠKODA Fabia R5 +11m21.5s





FIA ERC2: Petros Panteli (CYP)/ Kyprianos Christodoulou (CYP) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

FIA ERC3: Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernández (ESP) Peugeot 208 R2

ERC Ladies’ Trophy: Ekaterina Stratieva (BGR) Peugeot 208 R2



Click here for full provisional results, stage classifications, retirements and other data or follow this link: https://www.fiaerc.com/live-timing/.




RALLY LEADERS


SS1-SS12: Al-Attiyah/Baumel



KEY STATISTICS:





ERC rally wins in 2019: Al-Attiyah, Basso, Habaj, Kopecký, López, Lukyanuk and Solberg 1


ERC stage wins in 2019: Lukyanuk 32; Crugnola 13; Al-Attiyah and Solberg 10; Kopecký 6; Habaj and López 5; Gryazin, and Loubet 4; Huttunen and Teodósio 3; Galatariotis and Ingram 2; Basso, Campedelli, Marczyk, Moura and Suárez 1



What’s next? Round 8 of 8, Rally Hungary, 8-10 November




Hungary will return to the ERC for the first time since 2003 with a new Tarmac event in Nyíregyháza, northeast Hungary, approximately two hours 30 minutes by car from the capital Budapest.


While the event was effectively brand new for 2018 when it ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally and counted as the Hungarian championship closer, Nyíregyháza was a regular host of national-level events in the 1980s.



With several Hungarian drivers contesting the ERC each season – including back-to-back ERC2 champion Tibor Érdi Jr – a Hungarian round of the championship is perfectly timed. Government and local authority support are other plus points. Information and accreditation: https://rallyhungary.com



**Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA





Richard Rodgers, photos FIA ERC

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