All set for the start of the 49th Cyprus Rally!

PRESS RELEASE

[Nicosia, Sept. 24, 2021] - With the participation of 32 crews from 8 countries, the 49th International Cyprus Rally begins on Friday, September 24, as the 4th round of the Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) and the 4th & 5th rounds of the Pancyprian Rally Championship (each day will count as a separate round for the local championship). The start ceremony will take place at 19:00 CY on Friday (24/09) at Eleftheria Square in Nicosia, the same area which will also host on Sunday (26/9) the finish ceremony, at 18:00 CY. Two decades have passed since the last time Eleftheria square, at the centre of the capital, has played host to our national rally.

 

The favourites

Cyprus Rally record holder Nasser Al Attiyah, who has won the event 7 times (three in the last four years), will start with the No1 on the doors of his Volkswagen Polo GTi. The driver from Qatar is a 17-time Middle East champion, a feat he wants to expand as he is ahead in this year's championship with two wins in three races. Following Cyprus, the championship will head to Kuwait and then Oman.

 

The dominance of the Arab driver is threatened by the Cypriot champion Simos Galatariotis and the leader of this year's Panhellenic Championship Alexandros Tsouloftas who both also drive a Volkswagen Polo GTi, but in the livery of Petrolina Racing. Petros Panteli (Citroen DS3) and Panagiotis Yiangou (Hyundai i20), as well as the drivers from Oman Abdullah Al Rawahi (Ford Fiesta) and Hamed Al Wahaibi (Skoda Fabia), enter the race with high ambitions. Costas Zenonos (Citroen DS3) and Christos Demosthenous (Skoda Fabia) are also aiming for a top finish.

 

The stages

The event covers a total of 665.94km with 180.92km comprising the 12 gravel special stages. Following many years as a mixed surface rally, this year’s Cyprus Rally will be competed entirely on gravel.

 

On Saturday (25/09) three special stages will take in the morning, all of which will be repeated in the afternoon, after the noon service in Aglantzia. Another six stages will take place on Sunday (26/09). It is noted that due to the protection measures against COVID-19, the access of spectators and non-accredited persons to the following points is prohibited:

 

• Start & Finish Ceremonies Areas

• Service Park

• Special Stage Start & Finish Points

 

 

ITINERARY
24/9

Nicosia

Ceremonial Start

19:00

25/9

SS1

Nikatari 1

6,19km

09:28

25/9

SS2

Kapouras 1

20,07km

10:06

25/9

SS3

Kourdali 1

21,21km

11:04

25/9

SS4

Nikitari 2

6,19km

14:12

25/9

SS5

Kapouras 2

20,07km

14:50

25/9

SS6

Kourdali 2

21,21km

15:48

26/9

SS7

Lythrodontas 1

13,01km

08:58

26/9

SS8

Ayios Epifanios 1

19,02km

09:56

26/9

SS9

Αyia Marina 1

10,96km

10:44

26/9

SS10

Lythrodontas 2

13,01km

13:27

26/9

SS11

Ayios Epifanios  2

19,02km

14:25

26/9

SS12

Αyia Marina 2

10,96km

15:13

26/9

Nicosia

Ceremonial Finish

18:00

 

This year's event is sponsored by Cablenet, ENEOS Motor Oil lubricants of Psaltis Auto Parts, Honda Galatariotis, ANCO Catering Equipment, Prodata and Farmakas Water. It is supported by the Municipalities of Nicosia and Aglantzia as well as the Cyprus Police.

 

 

All announcements and information about Cyprus Rally will be posted on the digital bulletin board of the event in the Sportity application that is available on Google Play and App Store. Access to the application is done by using the code CR2021.