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Nasser Al Attiyah survives day one on top
Posted by ERC - 17/06/17 04:29PM - 0 Comments - European Rally Championship -
Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah on board a Ford Fiesta R5 leads the Cyprus Rally amidst drama that saw the retirement of the European Rally Championship’s main contenders, Portugal’s Bruno Magalhaes and reigning ERC champion, Poland’s Kajetan Kajeranowicz. They both retired in special stage six after an exit in exactly the same spot, along with Castrol Ford Team Turkiye’s Murat Bonstanci.
Stage seven saw the retirement of Latvia’s Nikolay Gryazin, leaving Al Attiyah as the uncontested leader enjoying a considerable margin of more than three minutes over second placed, and local favourite, Alexandros Tsouloftas on board a Citroen DS3 R5. Tsouloftas saw his main rival over the first-placed Cypriot crew retiring in stage 5 with steering problems hampering his Skoda Fabia R5. Fellow-Cypriot Panicos Polykarpou with Gerald Winter driving Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 complete the first three, while another five Cypriot crews complete the top ten places.
Sunday will include the remaining six special stages. First in line is the very fast Yeri stage, 22 km in length then straight to Avdellero (23.43 km). Following the lunch break, these two stages will be repeated. The final two stages of the 2017 Cyprus Rally will be the two Golden Stages, which will also offer cash prizes to the fastest crews of these two stages (total time through both stages). The rally will then come to a close in the Finish Ceremony which will take place at the Ayia Napa port at 18:00 on Sunday afternoon.
Overall classification after SS 8