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Rally on Paradise
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Cyprus was part of European Rally Championship (ERC) for years until it first was elevated to a reserve status and later to a full WRC round after China Rally was unable to find funding for 2000.

If rallying is supposed to be about different settings and high-speed action, Cyprus is wrong place to start the search. It is very similar to Acropolis and Turkey, rough and hot and the only really distinct characteristics are the extremely twisty and slow nature of the mountain roads. Spectators have found event quite popular, pleasant climate combined with an island that is easy to reach and offers ready accommodation thanks to tourism industry.

Route is drawn in Troodos mountains and as already mentioned, stages are mainly very twisty and easily slowest on the championship. Not quite as rough as Acropolis at it's worst but slow average speed reduces cooling efficiency putting both men and machinery to extreme stress. Though weather is generally sunny, rain is not unheard of and sudden showers have shaken the leaderboard in the past.

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Official rally website

Previous winners
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 2000:   Sainz, Carlos   Ford Focus WRC 00   64.11 km/h 
 2001:   McRae, Colin   Ford Focus RS WRC 01   66.60 km/h 
 2002:   Gronholm, Marcus   Peugeot 206WRC (2001)   67.54 km/h 
 2003:   Solberg, Petter   Subaru Impreza WRC2003   66.18 km/h 
 2004:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   65.60 km/h 
 2005:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   64.80 km/h 
 2006:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen Xsara WRC   68.18 km/h 
 2009:   Loeb, Sebastien   Citroen C4 WRC   68.57 km/h 
twisty and rough
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On twisty and rough roads the only constant thing is change of direction, just follow the dust trail. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
not sunny, always
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In 2002 rally was held early and spring rain sprang suprises for crews. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
mountains
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Troodos mountains also provide vertical element. And nice view. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Driver wins
  Loeb, Sebastien (4)
  Gronholm, Marcus (1)
  McRae, Colin (1)
  Sainz, Carlos (1)
  Solberg, Petter (1)
Manufacturer wins
  Citroen (4)
  Ford (2)
  Peugeot (1)
  Subaru (1)
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