2011 Cyprus Rally:  Car no. 4, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul driving a Peugeot 207 S2000 at the Ceremonial Start and Super Special Stage, 3 November 2011

2011 Cyprus Rally: Car no. 4, Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul driving a Peugeot 207 S2000 at the Ceremonial Start and Super Special Stage, 3 November 2011

As previously announced, the Cyprus Rally 2012 kicks off at 7 pm on Friday 2 November with Special Stage 1 – a 3.2km all-tarmac Super Special Stage through the streets of Paphos, with the start located outside Paphos Town Hall. Spectators for this stage need to be in place by 18:20.

The event will continue to be held over the next two days, however the Saturday and Sunday itineraries are now swapped.
The decision has been made due to the popular Cyprus hunting season, with certain special stages latterly falling within established hunting zones. The revised itinerary will effectively remove the risks that might have been posed to competitors, spectators and hunters, but the organisers encourage all spectators to study the new itinerary carefully before heading out to watch the action.

Saturday 3 November

Saturday will see competitors tackle six special stages in the countryside east of Paphos.

The first car will leave service at 07:15 and go on to cover a total of 343.99km on Day 1. The first car will enter SS2 (Koilinia) a mostly gravel stage at 08:13, and SS3 (Salamiou) 57% tarmac at 09:16. Crews will then tackle SS4 (Panayia) 100% gravel from 09:59, before returning to service in Paphos at 11:49.

After exiting service at 12:19, drivers will repeat the morning stages SS5 (Koilinia) at 13:17, SS6 (Salamiou) at 14:20, and SS7 (Panayia) at 15:03.

Sunday 4 November

Sunday will see crews tackle a further six special stages, amounting to 100.32km of competitive action. Day 2 will see drivers cover a total of 350.77km.

The first car will exit service at 08:30 and enter Special Stage 8 (Prodromi) a predominantly gravel stage at 09:28, and SS9 (Gialia) 100% gravel at 10:21. SS10 (Stavros) – a 100% tarmac stage – gets underway at 11:04.

Drivers will then return to Paphos for service at 12:34, before heading out again at 13:04 to tackle the repeat loop of stages.

The first car will enter SS11 (Prodromi) at 14:02, SS12 (Gialia) at 14:55, and SS13 (Stavros) at 15:38. Crews will return to service at 16:58.

The finish will take place outside Paphos Town Hall at 17:30 on Sunday.

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