Skoda hoping for good run in Cyprus

Skoda hoping for good run in CyprusFrom Skoda Press [ 06/05/2005 ].
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The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team travels a short distance to holiday island at the eastern end of the Mediterranean for the sixth round of the World Rally Championship. The Cyprus Rally (May 12-15) will see the Fabia WRC 05 driven by Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha and Janne Tuohino/Mikko Markkula.

The recent Sardinia event showed that the Fabia WRC 05 is well suited to the kind of rough and rocky roads that it will face in Cyprus. The weather could play a significant part in the eventual result of the rally as, while Cyprus typically enjoys very hot and sunny conditions for the rally, few competitors will forget the treacherous roads they faced when the 2002 event was run amid heavy rainstorms.

The Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team missed last year’s rally and so this will be the debut on the island for the Fabia WRC where its predecessor, the Octavia WRC, made its final appearance in 2003.

Armin said: “Cyprus is famous for its tight and twisty stages that are renowned for being tough on both car and driver. It’s always a difficult rally but it is a lovely place to be if it’s sunny although the weather in the mountains can sometimes be very different from what it is on the coast.”

Janne said: “Like Sardinia this is a technical event where you have to be a little bit smart and clever. If you try to go flat out you will have problems.”

Head of the Škoda Motorsport World Rally Team, Martin Muehlmeier, said: “We saw on the first day in Sardinia that rough and technical gravel events suit our car quite well at the moment. I will be hoping that Armin and Janne can continue to get that performance from the car on all three days in Cyprus which is a similar event. We have made another test in the Czech Republic since Sardinia and we hope to see the benefit of this extra work once the rally starts.”

Cyprus Rally in detail:

The Cyprus Rally was, for many years, the final major event in the European Rally Championship. It was promoted to the WRC in 2000 following the late withdrawal of the China Rally. The event is based at the southern port and holiday resort of Lemesos (also known as Limassol) and the stages are located in the Troodos mountains to the north and west.

After a ceremonial start on Thursday evening the action begins on Friday with six stages (121.78kms), run as two groups of three, with the first of each group being the longest of the event at 38.32kms. On Saturday there are a further six tests (109.56kms). Sunday’s leg has six stages (95.34kms) before the event finishes in Lemesos at 3.17pm.