SS3: Neuville snatches lead in Cyprus
“I prefer asphalt and I pushed very hard, to the maximum”
Thierry Neuville has snatched the lead of the Cyprus Rally by winning stage three, the 18.16-kilometre Salamiou test.
Driving a Team Peugeot Belgium-Luxembourg 207 Super 2000, Neuville was 11.2s faster than last year’s Cyprus winner Nasser Al-Attiyah in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000. As a result he leads overall by 8.8s.
IRC title leader Jan Kopecký, in a ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia S2000, was third fastest with former pacesetter Andreas Mikkelsen fourth quickest after suffering a spin in his ŠKODA UK Fabia.
“We lost eight to 10 seconds,” said Mikkelsen, who slips to second overall. “I was coming into a loose section and lost the rear. It was my fault but we have to push to stay in front.”
Neuville said he relished the predominantly asphalt-based stage: “I prefer asphalt and I pushed very hard, to the maximum.”
Crews are now heading back to Pafos for a regroup and service halt. Stage four, the second Koilinia test, gets underway at 14:47hrs.
|1||Neuville T. / Gilsoul Nicolas||Peugeot 207 S2000||35m12.1s|
|2||Mikkelsen Andreas / Floene Ola||Škoda Fabia S2000||+8.8s|
|3||Kopecký Jan / Starý Petr||Škoda Fabia S2000||+21.2s|
|4||Al-Attiyah N. / Bernacchini G.||Ford Fiesta S2000||+25.2s|
|5||Sandell Patrik / Parmander S.||Škoda Fabia S2000||+56.2s|
|6||Loix Freddy / Dresler Pavel||Škoda Fabia S2000||+1m01.1s|
|7||Kruuda Karl / Järveoja M.||Škoda Fabia S2000||+1m28.1s|
|8||Kahle Matthias / Göbel Peter||Škoda Fabia S2000||+1m46.1s|
|9||Arai Toshihiro / Moscatt Dale||Subaru Impreza Sti R4||+2m00.9s|
|10||Wallenwein Mark / Kopczyk Stefan||Škoda Fabia S2000||+2m01.6s|
|11||Thomas Nicos / Loizides A.||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||+2m22.2s|
|12||Panteli Petros / Panteli C.||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||+3m20.1s|
|13||Raoux J. / Magat Laurent||Renault Clio R3||+3m52.3s|
|14||Timotheou C. / Laos Pambos||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX||+4m05.7s|
|15||Loucaides Doros / Laos Savvas||Peugeot 207 S2000||+4m12.1s|