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Novelties
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This rally was the first mixed-surface event since 1996 San Remo. Even though rules allowed use of full tarmac spec car and tarmac tyres, both top teams Citroen and Ford jointly agreed to use only gravel tyres and mainly gravel set-up, though with much lower ride-height. This was done for budget reasons.

Championship status
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Rally Cyprus 2009 counts for:

2009 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers/Co-drivers
2009 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers
2009 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship (for drivers)
2009 FIA Junior World Rally Championship (for drivers)

Facts
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 457th WRC rally 
 Round of season: 3 of 12 
 Official name: FxPro Cyprus Rally 
 Edition: 37th 
 Date: from Friday 13-Mar-2009 to Sunday 15-Mar-2009 
 Rally HQ: Limassol; Cyprus 
 Clerk of the Course: Christos Kyriakides 
 Surface: Tarmac/gravel 
 
 Entries: 35  
 Starters: 32  
 Finishers: 24 (75.0% of starters) 
 
 Stages: 14 
 Shortest: 7.37km(SS2 Mylikouri 1)
 Longest: 40.54km(SS13 Anadiou)
 Slowest: 55.42km/h(SS8 Pano Panagia)
 Fastest: 83.39km/h(SS3 Gerakies 1)
 Planned stage distance: 332.07km(27.7% of total distance)
 Actual stage distance: 332.07km(27.7% of total distance)
 Road section distance: 865.72km
 Total distance: 1,197.79km
Milestones
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 DRIVERS - PODIUM FINISHERS 
    Win was 50th win and 76th podium for Sebastien Loeb.
 Second place was 33rd podium for Mikko Hirvonen. 
 Third place was 36th podium for Petter Solberg. 
 MAKES - PODIUM FINISHERS 
    Win was 56th win and win and third place were 125th to 126th podiums for Citroen.
    Second place was 257th podium for Ford.
Sebastien Loeb
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Sebastien Loeb scored his 50th win on a first mixed-surface event in 13 years. Here he is seen driving on Friday's tarmac stages, using gravel tyres but with lower ride-height. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Sebastien Loeb
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Having built a good lead in Friday, Sebastien was able to take it easier for the next two days, especially in tricky places where overnight rain turned road very muddy. Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window
Related links
Norway 2009
Portugal 2009
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