The CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally 2014 is officially ON with the CNP Asfalistiki Super Special Stage offering great action and early drama! Saudi driver Yazeed Al Rajhi was fastest on the day as big favourite Nasser Al Attiyah has to settle for 7th place after encountering overheating problems with the engine. The Qualifying Stage winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz had a spin and lost a lot of time.
Al Rajhi was flawless through the 5.89 km of the CNP Asfalistiki Super Special Stage which he finished fastest with a time of 5:04.1. The French crew of Robert Consani and Maxime Villot finished second 2.8 behinds the leading crew. Third fastest of the stage was Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi with Chris Patterson by his side. In fourth place was Qatari Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari with their Ford Fiesta while Portuguese crew Bruno and Carlos Maghalaes followed. Craig Breen managed to come in sixth with his Peugeot 208 T16 and Martin Scott by his side.
Much like yesterday, today was a bad day for 9-time Middle-East Rally Champion Nasser Al Attiyah. After having trouble with his engine ECU at the qualifying stage of Agios Sozomenos, Al Attiyah’s engine overheated today with the water hitting temperatures north of 140! This meant that the 3-times winner of our rally only managed to finish the CNP Super Special Stage in 7th place. Following the Qatari, in 8th was local young-gun Panicos Polykarpou with Austria’s Gerald Winter and their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX. Martin Hudec from the Czech Republic and Vitaliy Pushkar completed the top ten crews.
Best of the rest from the local crews were Christos Demosthenous and Pampos Laos who finished the stage in 12th place. Right behind them as far as local crews go were Fikri Macila and Mehmet Mison. 15th fastest were Costas Zenonos and Savvas Laos just in front of Stavros Antoniou and “Chips Junior”. Michael Poseidias and Phanos Christofi followed. Another dramatic turn of events was Kajetanowicz spinning on the stage and ending up in 24th. Jaroslav Orsak also injured his Skoda Fabia S2000 causing major problems to his rear left tire.
The CNP Asfalstiki Super Special Stage was a success with some gravel and plenty of tarmac. Following a serious of sharp bends in the city the crews entered a gravel strewn Cetinkaya stadium in the Turkish Cypriot district of the capital. Shortly after that, the cars had a jump to look forward with a small pool of water waiting for them as they landed. The CNP Asfalistiki Cyprus Rally 2014 continues tomorrow with an early start.
At 8:30, all crews will depart from the Service Park and head to Kotsiatis for a 15.27 km stage. After that comes the Lythrodontas Stage (21.57 km). The next two stages are Lefkara (17.94 km) and Klavdia (11.42) with the cars heading back to service for any repairs and a short rest. They will depart once again at 13:09 to repeat the four stages. The first car is estimated to return back to end Leg 1 around 18:21.
Saturday 20th of September, Itinerary
- SS2 Kotsiatis 15.27 9:20
- SS3 Lythrodontas 21.57 10:03
- SS4 Lefkara 17.94 11:01
- SS5 Klavdia 11.42 12:09
- SS6 Kotsiatis 2 15.27 14:32
- SS7 Lythrodontas 2 2 21.57 15:15
- SS8 Lefkara 2 17.94 16:13
- SS9 Klavdia 2 11.42 17:21
- Yazeed Al Rajhi – Michael Orr Ford Fiesta RRC 5:04.1
- Robert Consani – Maxime Villot Peugeot 207 S2000 5:06.9 +2.8
- Skh.Al Qassimi – Chris Patterson Citroen DS3 RRC 5:08.1 +4.0
- Abdu. Al Kuwari – Kylian Duffy Ford Fiesta 5:10.8 +6.7
- Bruno Magalhaes – Carlos Magalhaes Peugeot 208 T16 5:12.1 +8.0
- Craig Breen – Scott Martin Peugeot 208 T16 5:14.1 +10.0
- Nasser Al-Attiyah – Giovanni Bernacchini Ford Fiesta RRC 5:16.7 +12.6
- Πανίκος Πολυκάρπου- Gerald Winter Mitsub. Lancer Evo IX 5:25.7 +21.6
- Martin Hudec – Petr Picka Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 5:26.3 +22.2
- Vitali Puskhar – Ivan Mishyn Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 5:27.0 +22.9
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