Al Attiyah wins a record sixth Cyprus Rally victory

Nasser Al Attiyah on board a VW Polo R5 won a stunning sixth victory in the Cyprus Rally, finishing after twelve gruelling special stages ahead of local hero Simos Galatariotis, driving a Skoda Fabia R5. Britain’s Chris Ingram placed his Skoda Fabia R5 third overall, clinching valuable points for the European Rally Championship title.

Having won five previous editions of the Cyprus Rally, Al Attiyah was in a race of his own with fastest times in eleven of the rally’s twelve stages. Russia’s Alexey Lukyanuk, the reigning ERC Champion clinched one fastest time in stage 5.

The Russian was on track to clinch the runner up position and first among the ERC title contenders, until stage 10 when he retired with engine problems, leaving Chris Ingram first in the ERC battle scoring maximum points, one rally before the season finale in Hungary. “I'm really happy to win here, this is one of our favourite rallies,” Al Attiyah said after finishing stage twelve. On his part, an emotional Ingram said “it's been unbelievably difficult rally. Our strategy was to be steady and it paid off.”

Ingram, who secured a spot in Cyprus Rally start list following crowd funding, thanked everyone “who made it possible for us to be here.” Last year’s winner and local favourite, Simos Galatariotis stated his was very satisfied with the second overall noting that he was aiming at third place, only to secure the second top spot after Lukyanuk’s retirement.

WRC veteran, Mikko Hirvonen on board a Ford Fiesta finished fourth overallremembering from his past participations here how demanding the Cyprus rally is. Behind the flying Finn came Lukasz Habaj on board a Skoda Fabia R5 who is second in the ERC title battle. Driving a Ford Fiesta R5 the Austrian duo of Mayr-Melnhof and Welsersheimb finished seventh overall followed by Von Thurn und Taxis on board a Skoda Fabia Evo R5. The Chilean Fernandez, Qatar’s Al-Kuwari and Hungary’s Herczig completed the top ten after almost 200 kilometres of predominantly gravel special stages in Nicosia district.

Argentina’s Juan Carlos Alonso driving a Mitsubishi Lance Evo X has secured the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 production class title one round before the final curtain (subject to FIA confirmation).Among the local crews, Galatariotis took top honours in a well-deserved second overall followed by Petros Panteli on board a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X second and Stavros Antoniou clinching third.

 

Overall provisional standings

 1.Al-Attiyah/Baumel

 VW Polo R5

 03:02.51.3

 2.Galatariotis/Ioannou

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +02:37.5

 3.Ingram/Whittock

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +03:50.9

 4.Hirvonen/Ottman

 Ford Fiesta R5

 +04:34.0

 5.Habaj/Dymurksi

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +05:43.4

 6.Mayr-Melnhof/Welsershelmb

 Ford Fiesta R5

 +06:03.0

 7.Von Thurn und Taxis/Ettel

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +07:01.5

 8.Fernandez/Coronado

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +08:07.7

 9.Al-Kuwari/Clark

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +08:50.8

 10. Herczing/Frencz

 VW Polo R5

 +09:25.3

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 1.Al-Attiyah/Baumel

 VW Polo R5

 03:02.51.3

 2.Galatariotis/Ioannou

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +02:37.5

 3.Ingram/Whittock

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +03:50.9

 4.Hirvonen/Ottman

 Ford Fiesta R5

 +04:34.0

 5.Habaj/Dymurksi

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +05:43.4

 6.Mayr-Melnhof/Welsershelmb

 Ford Fiesta R5

 +06:03.0

 7.Von Thurn und Taxis/Ettel

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +07:01.5

 8.Fernandez/Coronado

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +08:07.7

 9.Al-Kuwari/Clark

 Skoda Fabia R5

 +08:50.8

 10. Herczing/Frencz

 VW Polo R5

 +09:25.3