Al-Attiyah leads, Prokop charges
As troubles hit Mikkelsen and Bouffier
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.
|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|