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Marcus Grönholm at the 2006 event
Subaru World Rally Team at the 2005 event
Sébastien Loeb at the 2004 event

The Cyprus Rally is a rallying competition held yearly in Cyprus since 1970. The event is run by the Cyprus Automobile Association[1] and is based in the city of Limassol (Lemesos). It is run on the winding roads of the nearby mountains of Troödos. It was part of the FIA's World Rally Championship (WRC) from 2000 to 2006. In 2007 and 2008 the event was part of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC). The Cyprus Rally rejoined the WRC in 2009, taking advantage of the new regulations to become the only mixed surface event.

Between 2010 and 2012, the event was the final round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), as well as the penultimate round of the MERC (except in 2011, when it was separately held in July), including in 2013.

EditionsEdit

Rally name Stages Podium finishers
Rank Driver
Co-driver
Car Time
1983
European Rally Championship Cf. 4
1   Jimmy McRae
  Ian Grindrod
Opel Manta 400
1984
European Rally Championship Cf. 4
1   John Buffum
  Fred Gallagher
Audi Quattro
1985
European Rally Championship Cf. 4
1   Mauro Pregliasco
  Daniele Cianci
Lancia 037 Rally
1986
European Rally Championship Cf. 4
1   Patrick Snijers
  Dany Colebunders
Lancia 037 Rally
1987
European Rally Championship Cf. 4
1   David Llewellin
  Phil Short
Audi Coupé Quattro
1988
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Björn Waldegård
  Fred Gallagher
Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165
1989
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Yves Loubet
  Jean-Marc Andrié
Lancia Delta Integrale
1990
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Dimi Mavropoulos
  Nikos Antoniades
Audi Coupé Quattro
1991
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Antonis Ieropoulos
  Michael Michalakis
Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
1992
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Alex Fiorio
  Vittorio Brambilla
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1993
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Alex Fiorio
  Vittorio Brambilla
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1994
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Alex Fiorio
  Vittorio Brambilla
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1995
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   "Bagheera"
  Naji Stephan
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1996
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Armin Schwarz
  Denis Giraudet
Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
1997
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Krzysztof Hołowczyc
  Maciej Wisławski
Subaru Impreza 555
1998
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Andrea Navarra
  Alessandra Materazzetti
Subaru Impreza WRX
1999
European Rally Championship Cf. 20
1   Jean-Pierre Richelmi
  Stéphane Prévot
Subaru Impreza WRC
Cyprus Rally 2000
September 8–10, 2000
Round 10 of the 2000 WRC season
23 stages
348.41 km
1   Carlos Sainz
  Luís Moya
Ford Focus RS WRC 00 5:26:04.9
2   Colin McRae
  Nicky Grist
Ford Focus RS WRC 00 5:26:42.2
3   François Delecour
  Daniel Grataloup
Peugeot 206 WRC 5:27:35.7
Cyprus Rally 2001
June 1–3, 2001
Round 6 of the 2001 WRC season
21 stages
341.4 km
1   Colin McRae
  Nicky Grist
Ford Focus RS WRC 01 5:07:32.7
2   Richard Burns
  Robert Reid
Subaru Impreza WRC 2001 5:07:49.1
3   Carlos Sainz
  Luís Moya
Ford Focus RS WRC 01 5:07:59.2
31st Cyprus Rally
April 19–21, 2002
Round 5 of the 2002 WRC season
20 stages
324.17 km
1   Marcus Grönholm
  Timo Rautiainen
Peugeot 206 WRC 4:21:25.7
2   Richard Burns
  Robert Reid
Peugeot 206 WRC 4:22:22.5
3   Tommi Mäkinen
  Risto Mannisenmäki
Subaru Impreza WRC 2002 4:22:24.7
Cyprus Rally 2003
June 20–22, 2003
Round 7 of the 2003 WRC season
18 stages
341.05 km
1   Petter Solberg
  Phil Mills
Subaru Impreza WRC 2003 5:09:12.6
2   Harri Rovanperä
  Risto Pietiläinen
Peugeot 206 WRC 5:13:26.6
3   Sébastien Loeb
  Daniel Elena
Citroën Xsara WRC 5:13:29.4
Cyprus Rally 2004
May 13–16, 2004
Round 5 of the 2004 WRC season
18 stages
326.68 km
1[a]   Marcus Gronholm
  Timo Rautiainen
Peugeot 307 WRC 4:59:38.5
2   Markko Märtin
  Michael Park
Ford Focus RS WRC 04 4:59:53.6
3   Carlos Sainz
  Marc Martí
Citroën Xsara WRC 5:02:02.5
Cyprus Rally 2005
May 13–15, 2005
Round 6 of the 2005 WRC season
18 stages
326.68 km
1   Sébastien Loeb
  Daniel Elena
Citroën Xsara WRC 5:02:29.4
2   Manfred Stohl
  Ilka Minor
Citroën Xsara WRC 5:06:38.9
3   Markko Märtin
  Michael Park
Peugeot 307 WRC 5:07:11.3
Cyprus Rally 2006
September 22–24, 2006
Round 12 of the 2006 WRC season
23 stages
331.34 km
1   Sébastien Loeb
  Daniel Elena
Citroën Xsara WRC 4:40:50.4
2   Marcus Grönholm
  Timo Rautiainen
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 4:41:11.6
3   Mikko Hirvonen
  Jarmo Lehtinen
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 4:46:06.5
Cyprus Rally 2007
October 12–14, 2007
Part of the 2007 FIA MERC
9 stages
1   Charalambos Timotheou
  Pambos Laos
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. IX Gr. N 3:04:11.1
2   Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Chris Patterson
Subaru Impreza N12 Gr. N 3:05:29.8
3   Dimitris Papasavvas
  Vangelis Xenofontos
Subaru Impreza N12 Gr. N 3:11:07.0
Cyprus Rally 2008
May 16–18, 2008
Part of the 2008 FIA MERC
8 stages
1   Nicos Thomas
  Spyros "Chips" Georgiou
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. IX Gr. N 4:04:46.5
2   Savvas Savva
  Pambos Laos
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. VIII Gr. N 4:05:12.7
3   Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Chris Patterson
Subaru Impreza N12 Gr. N 4:08:09.9
2009 Cyprus Rally
March 13–15, 2009
Part of the 2009 WRC season
14 stages
1   Sébastien Loeb
  Daniel Elena
Citroën C4 WRC 4:50:34
2   Mikko Hirvonen
  Jarmo Lehtinen
Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:51:01.9
3   Petter Solberg
  Phil Mills
Citroën Xsara WRC 4:52:24.1
2010 Cyprus Rally
November 4–6, 2010
Part of the 2010 IRC season and 2010 MERC season
14 stages
1   Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Giovanni Bernacchini
Ford Fiesta S2000 3:11:53.5
2   Roger Feghali
  Joseph Matar
Škoda Fabia S2000 3:12:24.2
3   Martin Prokop
  Jan Tománek
Ford Fiesta S2000 3:16:35.5
2011 Cyprus Rally
November 3–5, 2011
Part of the 2011 IRC season
11 stages
1   Andreas Mikkelsen
  Ola Fløene
Škoda Fabia S2000 2:25:18.5
2   Jan Kopecký
  Pavel Dresler
Škoda Fabia S2000 2:26:59.0
3   Patrik Sandell
  Staffan Parmander
Škoda Fabia S2000 2:28:13.3
2012 Cyprus Rally
November 2–4, 2012
Part of the 2012 IRC season and 2012 MERC season
13 stages
1   Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Giovanni Bernacchini
Ford Fiesta RRC 3:16:25.2
2   Andreas Mikkelsen
  Ola Fløene
Škoda Fabia S2000 3:20:00.5
3   Toshihiro Arai
  Dale Moscatt
Subaru Impreza STi R4 3:26:32.3
2013 Cyprus Rally
October 9–10, 2013
Part of the 2013 MERC season
13 stages
1   Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Giovanni Bernacchini
Ford Fiesta RRC 2:35:17.6
2   Khalid Al-Qassimi
  Martin Scott
Citroën DS3 RRC 2:38:09.4
3   Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari
  Duffy Killian
Ford Fiesta RRC 2:38:14.1
2014 Cyprus Rally
19–21 September
Part of the 2014 ERC season and 2014 MERC season
1   Yazeed Al Rajihi Ford Fiesta RRC 3:04:14.4
2   Kajetan Kajetanowicz Ford Fiesta R5 3:04:33.3
3   Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC 3:05:14.9
2015 Cyprus Rally
25–27 September
Part of the 2015 ERC season and 2015 MERC season
16 stages
1   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC 2:08:38.4
2   Kajetan Kajetanowicz Ford Fiesta R5 2:08:45.4
3   Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC 2:12:38.4
2016 Cyprus Rally
7–9 August
Part of the 2016 ERC Season and 2016 MERC season
14 stages
1   Alexey Lukyanuk Ford Fiesta R5 2:06:55.9
2   Marijan Griebel Škoda Fabia R5 2:09:08.1
3   Ralfs Sirmacis Škoda Fabia R5 2:09:51.9
2017 Cyprus Rally
16–18 June
Part of the 2017 ERC season and 2017 MERC season
14 stages
1   Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta R5 2:31:44.3
2   Simos Galatariotis Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X R4 2:37:56.3
3   Polykarpou Panikos Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2:38:03.8
2018 Cyprus Rally
15–17 June
Part of the 2018 ERC season and 2018 MERC season
13 stages
1   Simos Galatariotis Škoda Fabia R5 1:55:40.2
2   Bruno Magalhães Škoda Fabia R5 1:55:40.8
3   Norbert Herczig Škoda Fabia R5 1:57:01.6
2019 Cyprus Rally
27–29 September
Part of the 2019 ERC season and 2019 MERC season
12 stages
1   Nasser Al-Attiyah
  Matthieu Baumel
Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 3:02:51.3
2[b]   Chris Ingram
  Ross Whittock
Škoda Fabia R5 3:06:42.2
3   Mikko Hirvonen
  Jarno Ottman
Ford Fiesta R5 3:07:25.3

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Marcus Grönholm finished first at the 2004 event with a time of 4:58:44.5, but he and his fifth-placed Peugeot team-mate Harri Rovanperä were later disqualified due to their cars' water pumps being non-standard.
  2. ^ Simos Galatariotis finished second at the 2019 event with a time of 3:05:28.8, but he and his Škoda co-driver Antonis Ioannou were later disqualified after failing to adhering to Parc Ferme rules.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cyprus Automobile Association". CAA. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
  2. ^ "Galatariotis and Ioannou disqualified from the 2019 Cyprus Rally". Cyprus Rally. 29 September 2019.

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