Rally: Al Attiyah, Al Rajhi and Al Qassimi to contest Cyprus Rally
Cyprus Rally 2014 – The 5th round of Middle East Rally Championship 2014 will take place between 19th to 21st of Sep, this rally is considered also the 9th round of European Rally Championship (ERC). 66 crews were announced at a temporary entry list which consists of many participant teams from ERC, the MERC. The entry list includes 13 crews from the ERC, 9 crews from the MERC as well as 44 crews from Cyprus. All of them ready to tackle the 773.34 km event.
The Arabian participation is considered the most notable, Nasser Bin Saleh Al-Attiyah- winner, 9-times MERC- with his co-driver Bernacchini with his Ford Fiesta RRC is deemed the biggest name, he is looking forward to achieving A possible fourth victory – the 4th consecutive regional championship, after he managed to win Qatar, Kuwait, and Jordan Rallies at the beginning of the current year scoring 75 points.
UAE- Khalid Al-Qassimi with his co-driver Patterson with his Citroën DS3 RRC is seeking seriously the title and precious points, as he occupies the second position in the general ranking.
Yazeed Al Rajhi with his co-driver Orr with his Ford Fiesta RRC are looking for winning , specially the ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia –KSA will become experienced enough after his expected participation in the 10th round of world rallies championship – Australia (11-14 of the current month)
The Qatari Abdul Aziz Al-Kuwari with his co-driver Duffy with his Ford Fiesta RRS will participate in this rally, also The Qatari Abdullah Al-Kuwari with his co-driver Arena with his Ford Fiesta R5 will be included into the entry list.
The Qatari Khalifa Saleh Al Attiyah -whose car was burnt in Lebanon Rally- with his co-driver Adel Hussain with his Aveo 10 will be on the entry list of the race, it’s worth noting that Khalifa will be in a strong struggle with the Kuwaiti Mishary Aldaferi Aveo 10 for the title of the group “N” cars, since the later is currently at the top of the temporary general ranking for the drivers in the regional championship.
The Cyprus Rally 2014 will begin on Thursday Sep18th with the shakedown and qualifying stage in a 4.47 km special stage in Agios Sozomenos in Nicosia. The next day, the official ceremonies will start, and then the show stage on Nicosia streets will be displayed, finally the finishing ceremony is scheduled to begin at 18:30 on Sunday 21st afternoon, Nicosia local timing.