Date of birth : 08/12/1980
A winner of seven rally titles in his native Cyprus, Panteli first competed on home soil in 2000 and has rallied regularly since 2003. He made his Cyprus Rally debut in 2001 when it counted as a round of the world championship – his only outing that year – and then tackled the same event when it was an IRC qualifier a decade later. He was eighth overall and third in the ERC Production Cup on the 2014 Cyprus Rally – his ERC debut – and ninth on the 2015 ERC-counting Acropolis Rally. He was disqualified from last year’s event for a seatbelt-wearing violation but should have scored a class podium this year only for an electrical issue to drop him to fourth in the final reckoning.