Have fun in Cyprus!

Have fun in Cyprus!

Cyprus Rally 2010: Special Stage 7 (Agioi Vavatsinias 2) at Vavatsinia. Car no. 22, a Subaru Impreza N15 crewed by A. Al-Kuwari and S. Prevot, 5 November 2010

Cyprus Rally 2010: Special Stage 7 (Agioi Vavatsinias 2) at Vavatsinia. Car no. 22, a Subaru Impreza N15 crewed by A. Al-Kuwari and S. Prevot, 5 November 2010

I really wanted to pack one more special stage of the Cyprus Rally 2010 into the day, so after my tarmac experience with the first pass of the Agioi Vavatsinias stage, I studied the map carefully to find another way in for its afternoon re-run.

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FxPro Cyprus Rally 2010 – SS5 – Kalavassos 2

Posted by Mike On November - 8 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Cyprus Rally 2010: Special Stage 5 (Kalavassos 2) at the deserted village of Parsata. Car no. 17, a Ford Fiesta crewed by H. Hunt and S. Marshall, 5 November 2010

Cyprus Rally 2010: Special Stage 5 (Kalavassos 2) at the deserted village of Parsata. Car no. 17, a Ford Fiesta crewed by H. Hunt and S. Marshall, 5 November 2010

For the afternoon’s three special stages of the first day of the Cyprus Rally 2010 I tried to find different positions to get variety into my pictures.

The first afternoon stage – SS5 Kalavassos 2 – yielded a brilliant position. And it fell right into my lap.

I was driving the main road parallel to the stage when I spotted three 4x4s driven by locals heading off down a non-descript looking track. On a hunch, I followed them…

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Cyprus Rally 2010: Special Stage 4 (Agioi Vavatsinias 1). Car no. 22, a Subaru Impreza N15 crewed by A. Al-Kuwari and S. Prevot, 5 November 2010

Cyprus Rally 2010: Special Stage 4 (Agioi Vavatsinias 1). Car no. 22, a Subaru Impreza N15 crewed by A. Al-Kuwari and S. Prevot, 5 November 2010

After watching the majority of the cars pass through SS2 – Kalavassos 1 I headed up further into the hills to watch SS4 – Agioi Vavatsinias 1 – 17.31 km of winding mountain track.

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FxPro Cyprus Rally 2010 – SS2 – Kalavassos 1

Posted by Mike On November - 7 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Cyprus Rally 2010: Special Stage 2 (Kalavassos 1) near Lageia. Car no. 19, a Subaru Impreza N15 crewed by K. Al-Suwaidi and N. Beech, 5 November 2010

Cyprus Rally 2010: Special Stage 2 (Kalavassos 1) near Lageia. Car no. 19, a Subaru Impreza N15 crewed by K. Al-Suwaidi and N. Beech, 5 November 2010

Day one of the FxPro Cyprus Rally 2010 started out for me at the first ‘real’ special stage, SS2 Kalavassos 1.

I was out of the house at sunrise to drive to the special stage, it being about 100 mins drive from home.  The low early morning light was perfect as I walked in from the end of the stage to find a vantage point.

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Cyprus Rally 2010 Maps

Posted by Mike On November - 2 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Will they win? Troodos Rally 2009 - Special Stage 13 - Argaka: Car no. 1, a Subaru Impreza N15 2009 driven by Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giovanni Bernacchini. They went on to win the rally. October 2009

Will they win? Troodos Rally 2009 - Special Stage 13 - Argaka: Car no. 1, a Subaru Impreza N15 2009 driven by Nasser Al-Attiyah and Giovanni Bernacchini. They went on to win the rally. October 2009

Sorry for the very poor quality (especially of day 1), but at last the organisers have published some maps of where the special stages of the Cyprus Rally 2010 will be run.

No big surprises over the route – but it’s a bit disappointing the tracks of Paphos Forest aren’t seeing much action this year.

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Cyprus Rally 2010 Entry List

Posted by Mike On November - 2 - 2010ADD COMMENTS
Last year's winners of the FxPro Cyprus Rally: Car no. 1, a Citroen C4 WRC driven by Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena on Special Stage 13 near Anadiou. 15 March 2009

Last year's winners of the FxPro Cyprus Rally: Car no. 1, a Citroen C4 WRC driven by Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena on Special Stage 13 near Anadiou. 15 March 2009

Forty-two cars are set to contest the final round of the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Cyprus this week.

The FxPro Cyprus Rally, which also counts as the penultimate round of the Middle East Rally Championship, is based in Limassol from November 4-6 and uses mixed-surface stages.

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