2009 Cyprus Rally

The 2009 Cyprus Rally, officially 37th FxPro Cyprus Rally, was the third round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season and was held between March 13 and March 15, 2009 in Limassol, Cyprus. Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena claimed the title and won the WRC's first mixed-surface round since 1996.[1]

2009 Cyprus Rally
37th FxPro Cyprus Rally
Round 3 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Petter Solberg - 2009 Cyprus Rally 5.jpg
Host countryCyprus Cyprus
Rally baseLimassol, Cyprus
Dates runMarch 13 – March 15, 2009
Stages14 (332.07 km; 206.34 miles)
Stage surfaceTarmac/Gravel
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Loeb
France Citroën Total World Rally Team

The Cyprus Rally was last held in 2006, but was dropped along with Rally Australia in favour of new rallies such as Rally Norway, and Rally Ireland, and the returning Rally de Portugal.

Its format changed to a mixed surface rally format from all-gravel rally.[2] The Cyprus Rally was the first rally since Rallye Sanremo - Rallye d'Italia in 1996 to host a mixed surfaced event. Day 1 was contested on tarmac, while days 2 & 3 were contested on rough gravel roads.[citation needed]

ResultsEdit

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1.   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena Citroën C4 WRC 4:50:34.7 0.0 10
2.   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:51:01.9 +27.2 8
3.   Petter Solberg   Phil Mills Citroën Xsara WRC 4:52:24.1 +1:49.4 6
4.   Dani Sordo   Marc Marti Citroën C4 WRC 4:53:01.0 +2:26.3 5
5.   Matthew Wilson   Scott Martin Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:57:15.7 +6:41.0 4
6.   Conrad Rautenbach   Daniel Barritt Citroën C4 WRC 5:01:46.6 +11:11.9 3
7.   Federico Villagra   Jorge Perez Companc Ford Focus RS WRC 08 5:03:53.2 +13:18.5 2
8.   Khalid Al-Qassimi   Michael Orr Ford Focus RS WRC 08 5:04:18.8 +13:44.1 1
JWRC
1. (14.)   Martin Prokop   Jan Tomanek Citroën C2 S1600 5:20:54.0 0.0 10
2. (17.)   Michal Kosciuszko   Maciek Szczepaniak Suzuki Swift S1600 5:22:30.8 +1:36.8 8
3. (21.)   Aaron Nicolai Burkart   Michael Koelbach Suzuki Swift S1600 5:40:42.9 +19:48.9 6
PWRC
1. (9.)   Patrik Sandell   Emil Axelsson Škoda Fabia S2000 5:10:11.3 0.0 10
2. (10.)   Armindo Araujo   Ramalho Miguel Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 5:10:29.6 +18.3 8
3. (11.)   Nasser Al-Attiyah   Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza N14 2009 5:11:10.1 +58.8 6
4. (13.)   Toshi Arai   Glenn MacNeal Subaru Impreza 2007 5:18:45.4 +8:34.1 5
5. (15.)   Andis Neiksans   Peteris Djirkals Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 5:21:46.6 +11:35.3 4
6. (16.)   Charalambos Timotheou   Savvas Laos Subaru Impreza N12b 5:22:01.7 +11:50.4 3
7. (19.)   Gaurav Singh Gill   David Senior Subaru Impreza 2008 5:31:22.2 +21:10.9 2
8. (20.)   Frederic Sauvan   Thibault Gorczyca Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 5:39:10.2 +28:58.9 1

Special stagesEdit

Day Stage Time (EET) Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
1
(13 MAR)
SS1 09:23 Panagia 1 30.33 km   Sébastien Loeb 22:01.3 82.68 km/h   Sébastien Loeb
SS2 10:21 Mylikouri 1 7.37 km   Sébastien Loeb 5:33.9 79.53 km/h
SS3 10:46 Gerakies 1 29.40 km   Sébastien Loeb 21:09.2 83.36 km/h
SS4 14:34 Panagia 2 30.33 km   Sébastien Loeb 22:06.8 82.30 km/h
SS5 15:32 Mylikouri 2 7.37 km   Sébastien Loeb 5:34.9 79.25 km/h
SS6 15:57 Gerakies 2 29.40 km   Daniel Sordo 21:18.0 82.82 km/h
2
(14 MAR)
SS7 08:43 Anadiou Dam 1 11.70 km   Jari-Matti Latvala 11:02.4 63.59 km/h
SS8 09:11 Pano Panagia 28.17 km   Mikko Hirvonen 30:29.8 55.42 km/h
SS9 11:19 Orkontas 18.54 km   Sébastien Loeb 18:36.5 59.77 km/h
SS10 15:17 Xyliatos 30.94 km   Petter Solberg 28:16.1 65.66 km/h
SS11 16:20 Kourdali 26.25 km   Petter Solberg 26:31.5 59.37 km/h
3
(15 MAR)
SS12 09:18 Foini 30.03 km   Mikko Hirvonen 26:18.7 68.48 km/h
SS13 10:49 Anadiou 40.54 km   Mikko Hirvonen 39:27.2 61.66 km/h
SS14 12:02 Anadiou Dam 2 11.70 km   Matthew Wilson 10:14.8 68.49 km/h

Championship standings after the eventEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
 Pts 
1   Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 30
2   Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 22
3   Dani Sordo 2 5 4 17
4   Henning Solberg 4 4 18 10
5   Petter Solberg 6 3 9
6   Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 8
7   Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 6
8   Chris Atkinson 5 4
9   Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 3
  Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 3
11   Federico Villagra 7 2
  Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 2
13   Urmo Aava 10 8 1
Pos Driver IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championshipEdit

Rank Driver Event Total
points
IRL
 
NOR
 
CYP
 
POR
 
ARG
 
ITA
 
GRC
 
POL
 
FIN
 
AUS
 
ESP
 
GBR
 
1   Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 16 - - - - - - - - - 48
2   BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 - - - - - - - - - 32
3   Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 6 - - - - - - - - - 22
4   Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 - - - - - - - - - 11
5   Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 - - - - - - - - - 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Loeb reaches his half century". Rallye-Info.Com. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  2. ^ Spyder RedSpy Ltd. "World Rally Championship - Rallies - FxPro Cyprus Rally". Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-05-03.

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