*Combined times from final two stages of the ERC season to decide prize winners
*Extra incentive for crews to contest mixed-surface Cyprus showdown
*Cyprus Tourism Organisation backing underlines support of ERC finale
Crews contesting the final two stages of this year's FIA European Rally Championship in Cyprus (7-9 October) will battle for a share of a 60,000 euros prize fund, ERC promoter Eurosport Events is thrilled to announce.
The ‘Love Cyprus Golden Stage’ will comprise two mixed-surface stages with the combined classifications being used to determine the various prize money recipients. Only drivers who are on the entry list and have taken part in the Cyprus Rally are eligible for the prizes.
Both stages will be run once on the final leg of the Cyprus Rally with Golden Stage 1 measuring 22.10 kilometres and Golden Stage 2 covering a distance of 14.50 kilometres.
Golden Stage 1, a fast albeit technical run, is 22 per cent asphalt, 78 per cent gravel. The high-speed Golden Stage 2 is 14 per cent Tarmac and 86 per cent loose-surface.
ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley said: “The Cyprus Rally, the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship season, has just got even better! This is great news for the drivers and teams and it really underlines the tremendous support being extended to the event by the authorities in Cyprus. With the various ERC titles still up for grabs and now a prize fund of 60,000 euros at stake – which is in addition to the usual 20,000 euros on offer to the top seven ERC finishers – the Cyprus Rally will serve as a thrilling climax to yet another exciting and hotly-contested ERC season.”
Annita Demetriades, Acting Director General of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation said: “The Cyprus Tourism Organisation actively supports this stage both for its importance as part of an important European athletic event as well as for the special promotion that it offers Cyprus. Through this year's Golden Stage the spectators will have the opportunity to get to know a different area of Cyprus that will contribute in its own special way to the success of this particular stage, but at the same it will lift the adrenaline levels to the maximum.”
The Love Cyprus Golden Stage will be one of the highlights of October's Cyprus Rally, the 10th and final round of this year's FIA European Rally Championship. Detailed route information of Golden Stage 1 and 2 will be kept under wraps until closer to the event, while the prize money breakdown and running order regulations will be announced in due course.
Press enquiries: Anthony Peacock, media.fiaerc.com, +44 7765 896930
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Cyprus Rally: Petros Soutzis, firstname.lastname@example.org, +357 99643743
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