Rumours have been circulating fairly widely the 2012 Cyprus Rally risked cancellation. The great news is the Cyprus Automobile Association has now confirmed the rally will take place as planned on 2-4 November 2012 and will be based again in Paphos.
The 2012 Cyprus Rally will be the concluding event of the 2012 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).
The history of the Cyprus Rally dates back to 1970. The mixed-surface event lists a host of illustrious former winners including Stig Blomqvist, Sebastien Loeb, Colin McRae, Ari Vatanen and Bjorn Waldegard. Since its inclusion on the IRC calendar for the first time in 2010, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Andreas Mikkelsen have both enjoyed success.
Mikkelsen, who clinched the 2011 IRC drivers’ crown in Cyprus following a five-way battle for the title, says the Mediterranean island event is one of his favourites. With gravel and Tarmac switching together all of the time it’s hard to find the best set-up for the car but you don’t mind because of the beautiful landscape you encounter. It’s also a really good rally for the spectators because it’s a nice place to be and it’s warm and sunny.
Cyrpus Rally 2012 based at Paphos
Chris Christodoulou, the Cyprus Rally Media Officer, added: We are extremely proud to be welcoming the IRC back to the eastern Mediterranean for the 2012 Cyprus Rally. Over the decades, our rally has gone from strength to strength, attracting the top names in motorsport and establishing a rich sporting heritage. This heritage means a great deal to us so we’re committed to making this year’s event as impressive as ever. Once again, we will be basing the rally in the coastal resort town of Paphos, which proved a major hit with drivers and fans alike last year. And, of course, everyone can be sure of receiving that warm Cyprus welcome for which our event is renowned.
Super Special Stage
The Cyprus Rally traditionally enjoys a warm climate and features spectacular mixed-surface stages in stunning countryside.
This year’s event begins with a ceremonial start on the evening of Friday 2 November followed by the 3.2 kilometre Super Special Stage through the streets of Paphos starting at 7pm.
12 Special Stages
Six special stages take place on Saturday 3 November over a competitive distance of 100.32 kilometres, with a further six special stages running on Sunday 4 November with 133.62 kilometres timed. The finish will take place in Paphos at 4.23pm.
One of the exciting changes for this year is the inclusion of the 19.43km Prodromi-Neo Chorio stage, which will run twice on day one. Last year it was used for the Golden Stage Rally and is considered a beautiful and spectacular stage by IRC Manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas.
As well as counting as the 13th and final round of the IRC, the 2012 Cyprus Rally is also the penultimate event of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship season.
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To find out more, read Everything you need to know about the IRC Cyprus Rally 2012.