Huge £50,000 stage prize of­fered in Cyprus

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

This year’s Euro­pean Rally Cham­pi­onship fi­nale will have a £50,000 prize fund on of­fer from se­ries pro­moter Eurosport Events.

The Golden Stage for­mat re­turns to the Cyprus Rally for the first time since Thierry Neuville pock­eted 40,000 euro (£33,000) in 2011. This time, how­ever, the win­ner will have to per­form over two fi­nal-day stages on the Oc­to­ber event.

Backed by the Cypriot tourist board, the Love Cyprus Golden Stage in­cor­po­rates the fi­nal two tests of this year’s ERC fi­nale, with the low­est com­bined time pick­ing up the cash. Both stages will be mixed-sur­face.

ERC co-or­di­na­tor Jean-bap­tiste Ley said: “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.”

The Ni­cosia-based event, which runs from Oc­to­ber 7-9, could need a cash in­cen­tive to bring crews to the mid­dle of Mediter­ranean fol­low­ing Ka­je­tan Ka­je­tanow­icz’s dom­i­nant win on last week­end’s Rally Rzes­zow (see re­port page 25).

The de­fend­ing cham­pion has a 76-point lead over Alexey Lukyanuk with three rounds re­main­ing. He was sec­ond on the event last year.

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