EUPROPEAN (ERC) & WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC)
Don’t you just love traveling to a foreign country for holidays and while you are there you stumble upon a once a year event? I do! I feel really lucky to have been there at that certain day or time, like it was meant to be!
If you are on holiday in Cyprus and you happen to be here during the Cyprus Rally then this is something Ah-mazing to see! The Cyprus Rally is an event that is really cool for all ages and families too. It doesn’t cost anything as there is no entrance fee but if you will want to travel towards the routes where the races will be then it will cost you just your transportation!
So what exactly are Cyprus Rally and WRC you say? Well I have a bit more detail for you, stick around and read about what this 3 day event is all about and where and what you can see and do!
What is WRC?
This is a car sport organised by the FIA. FIA is a sports federation for auto racing. The outcomes of these races are to find a world champion driver and a world champion manufacturer, based on separate championships.
How champions are are determined?
In order to determine these championships there is a point system in place and this system is the same for both the driver and manufacturer championships.
The results are derived from 13 three-day events (races) that take place on all sorts of surfaces. Some surfaces are tarmac while others are more dirt, stone, ice, snow or gravel type surface.
Also these events are comprised of 15 to 25 special stages which are performed under a clock. Therefore they are timed.
About the Cyprus Rally
The Cyprus Rally has been taking place here in Cyprus for decades. It is usually hosted in the city of Limassol but this year, oh boy! This year was the best! It was hosted in my home city Larnaca! Wooohooo! This was AH-MAZING! My own wonderful city had the Cyprus Rally event and it was awesome!
The service park was right next to the Finikoudes Promenade and everyone could see all the cars and their teams. Teams had their trucks, in which they had their 2 cars, tyres, tools, race fuel and everything else you could imagine. Not to mention their living quarters in this huge truck.
Some teams even had their personal chefs and waters serving them their food and cappuccinos! There even was prince among all of these teams and he was very down to earth. But what really impressed me was the fact that we had 2 teams of women drivers and 4 teams (maybe more) with women co-pilots.
THE WEEKEND EVENT IN AN OVERVIEW
The Rally started on Friday the 15th and ended on Sunday the 17th. Each day has its own routes also including their own special routes.
Although all teams were allowed to go to the service park from Tuesday, not all teams came.
On Wednesday and Thursday all teams had the opportunity to go out to the special and super special routes to drive through and take their notes. They had their trackers on them and the co-pilots were taking notes so as to better their assistance to their driver.
By Thursday evening all rally car teams were ready and prepared for Friday’s free practice and qualifying stage.
Rally car teams were also allowed to make adjustments to their cars, like change of tyres, suspension and much more that I have no idea or clue about! (Hahaha)
I could see them all tightening and changing stuff while at the service park but I don’t have any knowledge about what exactly they were doing!
CYPRUS RALLY BROKEN DOWN
Friday was not an actual race day but the teams did a ceremonial start in Finikoudes Promenade. They all had free practice in the morning, there was a pre-event press conference at lunch time and in the evening the cars went to the start zone in order to start the ceremonial start.
This was the start of the race! Leg1 or so it’s called, was the start.
It started in Kellia, headed towards Analiontas, then Stavrovouni. This route was done twice on Saturday and they ended their day by 7:30pm where they all went back to the service park.
There were accidents during the day which lead to cancellations of races and special stages. They all continued to the next races until the day was finally over.
The final day! Today was Leg2 and also the super special stage in Nicosia. The day started off really hot! The first stage was starting in Yeri, then on to Nicosia (where the super special stage was), continued on to Lageia and finally to Lefkara!
Leg 2 was also performed twice but with the only difference that the super special stage was only performed once in the morning.
Some special stages and races were cancelled due to accidents that occurred during the day but other than that it was all good.
The races ended at around 6:30pm and all teams headed back to Larnaca. They went to the start zone at Finikoudes promenade where they waited their turn to head up to the stage. The announcement of first, second and third place happened later on that night.
AFTER THE RACES
The atmosphere along Finikoudes beach front was amazing! So many tourists and locals stopped and watched the cars that made their way to the stage.
That noise coming from the cars and the cheering on from the crowd was something I had never witnessed before. I had been to these events so many times but they were hosted in Limassol. So we never stuck around for the award ceremony. Actually we would usually head back home to relax a bit before the week started the next day!
Larnaca hosting such a special event in was something I never thought would happen. I am so happy and proud of my city for all its efforts in making this event a special event for all.
As a local I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to see this event throughout the whole week. Not like other years where we would only go to a few of the special stages.
I hope all our tourists had a lovely time too. If you were one of those lucky tourists here on vacation and stumbled upon this huge event, I hope you had a lovely time. Also wish you a happy rest of your holiday!
If you plan on coming over to Cyprus for a holiday next year, then you may be lucky enough to see the Cyprus Rally for yourself! The Rally does not always take place during the same month each year. Make sure to have a look on the official ERC or WRC website to see where the rally is at that time!
This is another unique thing to do in Cyprus and I hope you enjoyed tagging along with me on this crazy world wind of an event!
Is this an event for you?
Let me know what you think of the Cyprus Rally? Would you like to visit during this even or maybe this is not for you?