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.

Pierre-Louis Loubet “feels ready” for his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship debut after driving BRC Racing Team’s Hyundai i20 R5 for the first time during Azores Airlines Rallye testing yesterday (Monday).

Paulo Nobre will return to international rallying after a five-year gap when he embarks on a full-season campaign in the FIA European Rally Championship.

Dominik Brož hopes the technical problems that hampered his progress in 2017 will be a thing of the past when he bids for FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship success this season.

Miguel Correia will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut when he lines up on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

Fabian Kreim will look to his outing on the Asia-Pacific championship-counting Coffee Day India Rally in 2016 when he begins his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 bid on the Azores Airlines Rallye this week.

A fully recovered Bruno Magalhães says there’s no reason why he can’t begin his 2018 FIA European Rally Championship campaign by repeating the shock victory he scored on São Miguel 12 months ago.