This weekend Cyprus – one of favourite holiday destinations, an island soaked in ancient and rally history – will host round nine of FIA European Rally Championship and round five of FIA Middle East Rally Championship. Third largest island in Mediterranean Sea will be a scene of rally competition for multiple Polish Champions Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Jarek Baran who will fight with over 60 opponents.
Cyprus Rally, which used to be called “European Safari”, is well known for its route – torturous for tyres, equipment and crews. This rally is very technical and the serious competition is spiced up with mixed surface. For the first time in this year's championship the crews will fight on a combination of gravel and tarmac roads within the same stage. Over one third of the competitive route is run on asphalt sections and the cars have to be equipped with gravel tyres and suspension. Moreover the crews have just 24 tyres at their disposal and this amount must enable them to cover whole rally distance with maximum pace, right on the limit of grip on rocky stages. Combined with high ambient temperatures, it will be another tough test for LOTOS Rally Team crew to tackle.
Press: Kajetan Kajetanowicz