2011 Cyprus Rally

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2011 Cyprus Rally
39th FxPro Cyprus Rally
Round 11 of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season
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Host country  Cyprus
Rally base Paphos
Dates run 3 – 5 November 2011
Stages 11[1] (187.58 km; 116.56 mi)
Stage surface Gravel and Tarmac
Overall distance 624.56 km (388.08 mi)
Results
Overall winner Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
United Kingdom Škoda UK
Crews 34 at start, 26 at finish

The 2011 Cyprus Rally, officially the 39th FxPro Cyprus Rally, was the eleventh and final round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) season. The eleven stage gravel rally took place over 3–5 November 2011.[1]

The rally offered double points towards the respective IRC championships, meaning that the overall rally winner, as well as class winners, gained 50 points instead of the usual 25.[2] With victory, Andreas Mikkelsen became the youngest IRC champion, winning the title by 1.5 points ahead of Jan Kopecký.

Introduction[edit]

The rally, which was run for the 39th time, was based in Paphos – moving from its 2010 base of Limassol[3] – with a super special stage making up Thursday's running. On Friday, four stages covering 84.62 km (52.58 mi) were run, with the final six stages, consisting of 99.76 km (61.99 mi) being completed on the Saturday.

With double points on offer for the rally, six drivers remained in championship contention after the previous event at Rally Scotland. Jan Kopecký held the championship lead with 131 points, ahead of Škoda Motorsport team-mate and defending champion Juho Hänninen, who was six points in arrears. Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg's Thierry Neuville, the highest placed Peugeot driver, held third place with 115 points, ahead of Škoda UK's Andreas Mikkelsen on 111.5, Bryan Bouffier of Peugeot France on 110.5 and Freddy Loix, representing the BFO-Škoda Rally Team, on 103.[4] The championship battle was later reduced to five drivers, as Bouffier did not travel to Cyprus.[3]

Results[edit]

Overall[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
1. Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Ola Fløene Škoda Fabia S2000 2:25:18.5 0.0 50
2. Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Czech Republic Pavel Dresler Škoda Fabia S2000 2:26:59.0 1:40.5 36
3. Sweden Patrik Sandell Sweden Staffan Parmander Škoda Fabia S2000 2:28:13.3 2:54.8 30
4. Estonia Karl Kruuda Estonia Martin Järveoja Škoda Fabia S2000 2:29:51.5 4:33.0 24
5. Belgium Freddy Loix Belgium Frédéric Miclotte Škoda Fabia S2000 2:30:53.9 5:35.4 20
6. Germany Matthias Kahle Germany Peter Göbel Škoda Fabia S2000 2:33:07.4 7:48.9 16
7. Japan Toshi Arai Australia Dale Moscatt Subaru Impreza R4 2:33:34.7 8:16.2 12
8. Germany Mark Wallenwein Germany Stefan Kopczyk Škoda Fabia S2000 2:38:25.2 13:06.7 8
9. (10.) Cyprus Doros Loucaides Cyprus Savvas Laos Peugeot 207 S2000 2:40:26.3 15:07.8 4
10. (11.) Cyprus Charalambos Timotheou Cyprus Pambos Laos Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 2:40:44.2 15:25.7 2

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time Name Length Winner Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
Leg 1
(3–4 November)
SS1 19:00 LTV Super Special Stage 3.20 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 2:48.9 68.21 km/h Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
SS2 10:47 Koilinia 1 24.15 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 20:23.8 71.04 km/h
SS3 12:10 Salamiou 1 18.16 km Belgium Thierry Neuville 11:51.4 91.90 km/h Belgium Thierry Neuville
SS4 14:47 Koilinia 2 24.15 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 20:05.6 72.11 km/h Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
SS5 16:10 Salamiou 2 18.16 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 11:51.2 91.92 km/h
Leg 2
(5 November)
SS6 9:29 Gialia 1 14.82 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 13:03.9 68.06 km/h
SS7 10:12 Stavros 1 15.91 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 11:25.7 83.53 km/h
SS8 11:10 Anadiou 1 19.15 km Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 14:19.9 80.17 km/h
SS9 14:29 Gialia 2 14.82 km Finland Juho Hänninen 12:48.3 69.44 km/h
SS10 15:12 Stavros 2 15.91 km Sweden Patrik Sandell 11:40.6 81.75 km/h
SS11 16:10 Anadiou 2 19.15 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen 14:23.5 79.84 km/h

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Itinerary". Cyprus Rally. Cyprus Motorsport Federation. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "2011 IRC Sporting Regulations" (PDF). ircseries.com. Intercontinental Rally Challenge. pp. 2–3. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "IRC Cyprus Rally preview (part 1 of 2)". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 28 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cyprus to host six-way fight for IRC title glory". ircseries.com (Intercontinental Rally Challenge). 10 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 

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