2011 Cyprus Rally
The 2011 Cyprus Rally, officially the 39th FxPro Cyprus Rally, was the eleventh and final round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) season. The eleven stage gravel rally took place over 3–5 November 2011.
|2011 Cyprus Rally|
39th FxPro Cyprus Rally
|Round 11 of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season|
|Dates run||3 – 5 November 2011|
|Stages||11 (187.58 km; 116.56 miles)|
|Stage surface||Gravel and Tarmac|
|Overall distance||624.56 km (388.08 miles)|
|Overall winner|| Andreas Mikkelsen|
|Crews||34 at start, 26 at finish|
The rally offered double points towards the respective IRC championships, meaning that the overall rally winner, as well as class winners, gained 50 points instead of the usual 25. With victory, Andreas Mikkelsen became the youngest IRC champion, winning the title by 1.5 points ahead of Jan Kopecký.
The rally, which was run for the 39th time, was based in Paphos – moving from its 2010 base of Limassol – with a super special stage making up Thursday's running. On Friday, four stages covering 84.62 km (52.58 mi) were run, with the final six stages, consisting of 99.76 km (61.99 mi) being completed on the Saturday.
With double points on offer for the rally, six drivers remained in championship contention after the previous event at Rally Scotland. Jan Kopecký held the championship lead with 131 points, ahead of Škoda Motorsport team-mate and defending champion Juho Hänninen, who was six points in arrears. Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg's Thierry Neuville, the highest placed Peugeot driver, held third place with 115 points, ahead of Škoda UK's Andreas Mikkelsen on 111.5, Bryan Bouffier of Peugeot France on 110.5 and Freddy Loix, representing the BFO-Škoda Rally Team, on 103. The championship battle was later reduced to five drivers, as Bouffier did not travel to Cyprus.
|1.||Andreas Mikkelsen||Ola Fløene||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:25:18.5||0.0||50|
|2.||Jan Kopecký||Pavel Dresler||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:26:59.0||1:40.5||36|
|3.||Patrik Sandell||Staffan Parmander||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:28:13.3||2:54.8||30|
|4.||Karl Kruuda||Martin Järveoja||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:29:51.5||4:33.0||24|
|5.||Freddy Loix||Frédéric Miclotte||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:30:53.9||5:35.4||20|
|6.||Matthias Kahle||Peter Göbel||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:33:07.4||7:48.9||16|
|7.||Toshi Arai||Dale Moscatt||Subaru Impreza R4||2:33:34.7||8:16.2||12|
|8.||Mark Wallenwein||Stefan Kopczyk||Škoda Fabia S2000||2:38:25.2||13:06.7||8|
|9. (10.)||Doros Loucaides||Savvas Laos||Peugeot 207 S2000||2:40:26.3||15:07.8||4|
|10. (11.)||Charalambos Timotheou||Pambos Laos||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX||2:40:44.2||15:25.7||2|
|Day||Stage||Time||Name||Length||Winner||Time||Avg. spd.||Rally leader|
|SS1||19:00||LTV Super Special Stage||3.20 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||2:48.9||68.21 km/h||Andreas Mikkelsen|
|SS2||10:47||Koilinia 1||24.15 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||20:23.8||71.04 km/h|
|SS3||12:10||Salamiou 1||18.16 km||Thierry Neuville||11:51.4||91.90 km/h||Thierry Neuville|
|SS4||14:47||Koilinia 2||24.15 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||20:05.6||72.11 km/h||Andreas Mikkelsen|
|SS5||16:10||Salamiou 2||18.16 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||11:51.2||91.92 km/h|
|SS6||9:29||Gialia 1||14.82 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||13:03.9||68.06 km/h|
|SS7||10:12||Stavros 1||15.91 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||11:25.7||83.53 km/h|
|SS8||11:10||Anadiou 1||19.15 km||Nasser Al-Attiyah||14:19.9||80.17 km/h|
|SS9||14:29||Gialia 2||14.82 km||Juho Hänninen||12:48.3||69.44 km/h|
|SS10||15:12||Stavros 2||15.91 km||Patrik Sandell||11:40.6||81.75 km/h|
|SS11||16:10||Anadiou 2||19.15 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||14:23.5||79.84 km/h|
- "Itinerary" (PDF). Cyprus Rally. Cyprus Motorsport Federation. 7 October 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- "2011 IRC Sporting Regulations" (PDF). ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. pp. 2–3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-22. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- "IRC Cyprus Rally preview (part 1 of 2)". ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.[permanent dead link]
- "Cyprus to host six-way fight for IRC title glory". ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. 10 October 2011. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.