13 October 2020
Countdown to the Cyprus Rally 2020
The Cyprus Automobile Association proceeded to a press conference for the Cyprus Rally 2020, which is being held on 16-18 October, on Tuesday morning (13/10). It is the second round of this year's Middle East Rally Championship, with 24 crews participating and includes 11 special stages.
In the panel of the press conference were the President of the Association Mr. Antonis Michailides, the Advisor to the President of the Republic of Cyprus on sports Mr. Phivos Zachariadis, the General Manager of Cyprus Sports Organisation Dr. Mary Charalambous - Papamiltiadis and the Clerk of the Course Mrs. Nayia Kontopoulou. Mr. George Milis on behalf of the Cyprus Police was also present.
In his speech, Mr. Michailidis gave a brief overview of the 50-year course of the Cyprus Automobile Association as part of the FIA in Cyprus and the WRC and ERC events hosted in our island to emphasize that “Cyprus has one of the greatest history in the racing championships, and that no other country has the FIA awarded with the special prize for the best organization of an international race by an amateur group of volunteers, an award given to the CAA in 2018".
Mr. Michailides said that "the strict conditions set for travelling from one country to another were the reason why most competitors of the ERC expressed reluctance to undergo the painful process that involves their descent to distant. Because the organization of the European sector of our race obeys the payment of a large amount of money for the rights to promoter and the increased organizational costs due to COVID-19, the European sector unfortunately had to be canceled. "We will focus on organizing a well organised race that counts in the Middle East Rally Championship."
Mr. Phivos Zachariades referred to the past of the Cyprus Rally, where the very first winner was his brother Viktoras. After describing himself as a "man of motorsport" and standing on the fact that "in 2000 a dream of decades came true with the inclusion of Cyprus Rally in the WRC", he expressed the hope that "from 2021, with the appropriate support from the state, the Cyprus Rally will return to the calendar of the ERC and will continue the brilliant course it has set in the first 50 years of its life ".
Dr. Charalambous-Papamiltiadous noted that “The undertaking of this international scope of organization by the Cyprus Automobile Association has the financial support of the Republic of Cyprus through the CSO. It is one of the leading international events, which especially promotes motor sports, but also the sports of our country in general ".
Elsewhere he said that "this year's Rally Cyprus event is being held under adverse conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it was achieved after intense efforts by the CAA, whose administration I especially congratulate."
«Cancellation of the event, wasn’ t an option”
The Clerk of the Course of the Cyprus Rally noted that “the 2020 is a very special year since many problems came out, especially in the international organisations, such as ours.
Although, the cancellation of the longest and the most important international sports event of our island was not an option for us”. Thus, "The glamor of the Cyprus Rally remains great and that is the reason the eyes of the people of the WRC will be on Cyprus Rally in the coming days, expecting us to carry out a high level race"
Referring to the competition part, Mrs. Kontopoulou stated that "on Friday we only have the Ceremonial Start at the Service Park. Unfortunately the ceremony will not attended by any spectators. On Saturday, the racing part of the event starts with three special stages in the morning which will be repeated in the afternoon. For Sunday, we will run the super special stage to Lefkara and then to Analyontas which will be repeated at noon. Last stage of the race is the Eneos super special stage on the track of Achna. There, spectators will be able to watch a unique spectacle from the stands , with the races competing on a 3.3km asphalt route, the Eneos Super Special Stage. After that , the closing ceremony and the awards will take place ".
It was highlighted that spectators will not be allowed neither in the Service Park, nor at the start and finish of the stages, except in the Eneos Super Special Stage.
Honor to two great racing athletes
50th anniversary from the first International Cyprus Rally and the Cyprus Automobile Association will honor two of the pioneers of motorsport and especially of Cyprus Rally. Loris Ellinas was a member of the crew that won the Cyprus Rally in 1970, along with Viktoras Zachariadis and Roger Fisher, while Kokos Ionidis was an important figure in the field of cars and motorsport in our place.
Thus, the prize for the first Cypriot crew is renamed to "Loris Ellinas trophy" while the prize for the first Cypriot crew in the special course to "Kokos Ionides trophy".
The race is organized by the Cyprus Automobile Association with Gold Sponsor the CABLENET and Sponsors ENEOS lubricants and Psaltis Auto Parts. The event is supported by the Municipality of Aglantzia, the Cyprus Police, the natural mineral water AGROS, the Shark Energy Drink and the companies Thomason Machinery, Sigan, Anco, Smartway Motors and STS Events.
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