MERC: Troodos Rally leg one report

Thirty Nine Competitors Start Troodos Rally. Cyprus Rally champion Tslouftas is out on ss-4 !!! Thirty nine entrants started the Troodos Rally, the penultimate round in the FIA Middle East Championship, from Eleftheria Square, close to ...

Thirty Nine Competitors Start Troodos Rally.

Cyprus Rally champion Tslouftas is out on ss-4 !!!

Thirty nine entrants started the Troodos Rally, the penultimate round in the FIA Middle East Championship, from Eleftheria Square, close to the Venetian walls in the centre of old Nicosia, Cyprus, this morning.

Ahead of them lay a course of 235 kilometres of special stages, taking them over two days through four sections forming loops in the mountains which dominate the centre of the island.

The Troodos Rally is organised by the Cyprus Automobile Association, and included in the field were foreign entrants from Greece, Qatar and Great Britain.

It is rated one of the most challenging rallies in the FIA Middle East Championship.

A shock before the start of the rally came when Yiannis Papademetriou, from Greece, who had completed scrutineering with his Subaru Imreza yesterday, failed to turn up to take off in the number one position.

Papademetriou, who had flown in with his service team and brought British co-driver Allan Harryman, had discovered overnight that his gearbox needed changing but his team were unable to complete the work and he was scratched from the field.

After the 3rd special stage current Cypriot rally champion Andreas Tsouloftas, with co-driver Andros Achilleos, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, led the rally, followed by Andreas Peratikos and Charris Episcopou, also in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, who were leading Group N cars. In third place were Charalambous Timotheou with Lou Christofi in another Evolution VI

Qatari driver Hamad Al Sowaidi, with Briton Michael Morrissey, in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI, also competing for the Group N title, were fighting back to get onto the leader board.

and in the 4th speciall stage , rally leader & cypriot rally champion Andreas Tsouloftas retired from the rally after he went off the road .

Thirty cars remained in the rally out of the thirty nine starters.

The rally is scheduled to finish at Eleftheria Square tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 4 p.m.

- duby miller

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Series Other rally
Drivers Andreas Tsouloftas