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Love Cyprus Golden Stage next for ERC aces

Love Cyprus Golden Stage next for ERC aces

18/06/2017 14:29

Round four of the FIA European Rally Championship, the Cyprus Rally, concludes later this afternoon with the Love Cyprus Golden Stage, the event’s hugely popular initiative that carries a prize fund of 24,000 euros up for grabs.

Organisers of the Nicosia event will present the driver setting the best cumulative time on Love Cyprus Golden Stage 1 and Love Cyprus Golden Stage 2 with a cheque for 10,000 euros. The top two-wheel-drive contender will receive 7,000 euros, while the leading Cypriot runner will be handed the same amount.

Love Cyprus Golden Stage 1 is an all-gravel affair measuring 5.31 kilometres and running along a section of Larnaca Bay in the south east of the island from 15h57 local time. Love Cyprus Golden Stage 2 is 74 per cent on gravel and 26 per cent on Tarmac and totals 6.17 kilometres. It’s located on the far southeast tip of Cyprus close to holiday resort of Ayia Napa and begins at 16h30.

With 12 stages run, Nasser Al-Attiyah is on course for his fifth Cyprus Rally win a margin of more than five minutes over Cypriot drivers Simos Galatariotis and Panikos Polykarpou, who are second and third respectively. Meanwhile, in the battle for top leg bonus points, double ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz heads the list.

Krisóf Klausz’s strong end to the 2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship continued when he finished sixth in class on Rally Liepāja.

Aleks Zawada says there were “a lot of positives” after his bid for the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship – and the 100,000 euros prize fund – ultimately ended in disappointment in Latvia earlier this month.

Kalle Rovanperä says Nikolay Gryazin is the ultimate rival after the talented young guns locked horns on the closing round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship recently.

Jari Huttunen has spoken of his disappointment after losing out on the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title to Opel team-mate Chris Ingram in a final-round decider in Latvia earlier this month.

Łukasz Habaj wishes his first podium in the FIA European Rally Championship had come in happier circumstances.

Reinis Nitišs wants more FIA European Rally Championship action in the future but insists the day job comes first.