Al-Attiyah leads, Prokop charges

As troubles hit Mikkelsen and Bouffier

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5 November 2010 - 09:00
Al-Attiyah leads, Prokop charges

Martin Prokop has already begun to fight back from his 20-second time penalty, imposed for leaving opening service late, by setting the fastest time on Friday’s opening stage, the 10.42 Kalavasos test.

Prokop was three seconds faster than Nasser Al-Attiyah, who continues to lead the Intercontinental Rally Challenge event in his similar Fiesta.

Roger Feghali was 9.2s slower than Prokop, despite having to drive with a bent rear arm on his Škoda Fabia S2000. He damaged the part nudging a concrete retaining wall on Thursday night’s Lemesos Super Special Stage and has no available spare to make the change.

Andreas Mikkelsen’s hopes of victory were dashed when his M-Sport Fiesta lost power on the road section heading to the opening stage and retired.

Bryan Bouffier, driving a Peugeot 207, stopped in the stage with a broken wheel. He eventually completed the stage but lost 24 minutes on the leaders.

“I hit a big stone with the right wheel,” said the Peugeot 207 driver. “We did our best to repair the damage but the car is now not straight.”

Team-mate Franz Wittmann was delayed leaving service due to a mechanical failure but eventually got going and completed the stage.

After SS2:

Pos.TeamCarTime
01 Al Attiyah Nasser / Bernacchini Giovanni Ford Fiesta S2000 10m59.0s
02 Feghali Roger / Matar Joseph Škoda Fabia S2000 +12.7s
03 Wittmann Franz / Beinke Josefine Peugeot 207 S2000 +13.2s
04 Tarabus Jaromír / Trunkát Daniel Ford Fiesta S2000 +13.7s
05 Thomas Nicos / Loizides Angelos Peugeot 207 S2000 +15.2s
06 Prokop Martin / Tománek Jan Ford Fiesta S2000 +29.2s
07 Kresta Roman / Gross Petr Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +30.0s
08 Oliveira Daniel Rolim / Miranda Armando Peugeot 207 S2000 +32.8s
09 Tingirides Constantinos / Shialos Panayiotis Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +37.7s
10 Savva Savvas / Papandreou Andreas Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +42.3s
11 Timotheou Charalambos / Laos Pambos Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X +52.0s
12 Polykarpou Panikos / Laos Savvas Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +55.8s
13 Almari Misfer / Arena Nicola Subaru Impreza STI +56.7s
14 Çetinkaya Burcu / Güney Çiçek Peugeot 207 S2000 +58.1s
15 Amiouni Nicolas / Duffy Killian Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +58.6s
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