See the 2011 Cyprus Rally action

International rallying action returns to Cyprus this week with the 2011 Cyprus Rally, the grand finale of this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).  Read where you can go to see the best of the action!

All the facts to see the action! 

Click to download the Cyprus Rally 2011 Itinerary and Cyprus Rally 2011 Maps.

With 36 entries – five of whom could claim the title here this weekend – and a new series of challenging special stages, this promises to be the best Cyprus Rally yet.

The event kicks off on Thursday 3 November at 19:00 hrs with the LTV Super Special Stage, a 3.2km urban rallying extravaganza that will bring the heat and excitement of rallying to the centre of Paphos.

On Friday 4 November  the action moves to the countryside where two mixed surface special stages will be tackled twice – once each in the morning, and once each in the afternoon, covering a total of 87.82km.

On Saturday 5 November three special stages will be run twice, which amount to a total of almost 100km of competitive action. The rally will finish at 18:00hrs on Saturday.

Where to go

For spectators keen to watch the action, the organisers suggest the following spectator points:

Thursday 3 November
LTV Super Special Stage, Paphos – 100% Tarmac

Entrance for spectators at the LTV Super Special Stage is free of charge.

Of course, holding a high-speed event in an urban environment is a complicated affair and the organisers cannot stress enough how important it is that the general public observe the instructions of the marshals.

Designated spectator points will be established for enjoying the action but those wishing to attend must be in place by 18:00hrs at the latest.

The first car is due at the Ceremonial Start at 18:57 and due to start the Super Special Stage at 19:00.  Cars are then due to start at two minute intervals.

Friday 4 November 
Special Stages 2 and 4 – Koilinia (24.15km) – 65.5% Gravel / 34.5%Tarmac

The longest special stage of the 2011 Cyprus Rally runs first on tarmac, then on gravel, and then on tarmac again for the final 5km.

A recommended spectator point is Pefkos tis Peravasas, which can be reached by taking the Agia Varvara road to Panagia, exiting at Choletria and Arminiou. Following this road for approximately 8km will bring you to the spectator point.

Another good spectator point is the famous Kelefos Bridge, though access is trickier. The only way to get there is through Kaminaria village, followed by a walk of some distance to the point where you can watch the competing cars as they pass.

First car is due at 10.37 (SS2) and 14.37 (SS4).

Friday 4 November 
Special Stages 3 and 5 – Salamiou (18.16km) – 35.8% Gravel / 64.2%Tarmac

The first six kilometres of this special stage are downhill, with both tarmac and gravel sections and fast bends and some forks. It then becomes uphill and wide and passes through Galataria. The last part is downhill and technical.

Recommended spectator points include the start of the special stage where one can watch the cars for a long time and, even better, the Galataria crossroads on the Agia Varvara – Panagia road. From close by you can watch the cars for approximately one kilometre as they travel at high speeds on tarmac.

First car is due at 12.00 (SS3) and 16.00 (SS5).

Saturday 5 November

Day 2 of the Cyprus Rally is longer and more difficult than Day 1. The winner will probably be decided on Day 2, since the differences expected to be recorded on Day 1 are unlikely to guarantee anybody’s position.

Saturday 5 November 
Special Stages 6 and 9 – Palia (14.82km) – 100% Gravel

A reasonably fast stage that runs through a forest and offers a single good spectator point, 10km into the stage.  There are two ways to drive to the point. One is to go from Pomos to the picnic area and then take a right turn towards the special stage. The other is from the picnic area to Stavros, in the direction of Zacharou.

First car is due at 9.29 (SS6) and 14.19 (SS9).

Saturday 5 November 
Special Stage 7 and 10 – Stavros (15.91km) – 100% Tarmac

This is already a well-known tarmac special stage, but this year it will be run in the opposite direction to normal. The best spectator point is at the finish of the special stage, next to the village of Pano Panagia. Care needs to be taken when choosing a parking spot on the road as rally crews themselves will use this road for stage access.

First car is due at 10.12 (SS7) and 15.02 (SS10).

Saturday 5 November
Special Stage 8 and 11 – Anadiou (19.15km) – 60% Gravel / 40% Tarmac

One of the 2011 Cyprus Rally’s fastest and most spectacular special stages with fast, open, downhill bends, coupled with narrow tarmac sections. A good spectator point is at Anadiou village, 8km into the special stage, at an open downhill fork. Walk further and you’ll actually hear the roar of exhausts echoing off the houses of the village!

Another point is Fyti village, where crews will pass through the village on tarmac roads.

There is another good spectator point at the finish of the special stage – a fast tarmac area which you can get to by way of Filousa village. From the Pafos to Polis Chrysochous road near Skoulloi, follow the signs to Filousa.

First car is due at 11.10 (SS8) and 16.00 (SS11).

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