Demosthenous proving a class act at home in ERC2
Cyprus driver Christos Demosthenous is on course for a home win in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category having made the most of his experience of the Cypriot stages to lead his class from the start.
At the end of Saturday’s opening leg, compatriot Petros Panteli is second with Zelindo Melegari third and now leading the championship standings after capturing five leg bonus points to move ahead of Tibor Érdi Jr, who hasn’t included the Cyprus Rally on his schedule for 2017.
Sergey Remennik is back in action in a replacement Mitsubishi Lancer following his SEAJETS Acropolis Rally crash and is fourth in class following a puncture and a dramatic final stage in Nicosia when he hit a wall and a tree after losing his brakes.
Deniz Denner retired on stage two with a broken gearbox and inadvertently ended up blocking the road, which caused the test to be cancelled.