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An impressive driver line-up for Cyprus Rally September 9, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Racing & Motors.

The 2006 Cyprus Rally to be held between 21-24 September, will attract the local, regional and world driving elite.

The organizers of the 2006 WRC Cyprus Rally have confirmed the entry list for this month’s event, “and it is an impressive line-up of the world’s finest driving talent,” a press release said on Friday.

A total of 50 entrants from 20 different countries are set to leave the start ramp and compete in one of the most popular rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

Center stage at the event will undoubtedly be 2004 and 2005 World Rally Champion and winner of the last two Cyprus events Sebastien Loeb, whose recent win at Rally Japan makes him the most successful rally driver ever.

Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena undoubtedly enter the rally as favourites aboard their Kronos Total Citroen Xsara, but former world champion Marcus Gronholm will be looking to repeat his 2002 Cyprus success. Competing in the latest Ford Focus WRC, the BP Ford driver and his co-driver Timo Rautiainen will be doing all they can to prevent Loeb scoring a Cyprus hat-trick.

The other former world champion competing in the rally, who won here in Cyprus in 2003, Petter Solberg will once more pilot the famed Subaru Impreza alongside co-driver Phil Mills.

All six major teams competing the 2006 WRC will tackle Cyprus with two crews each – Kronos Total Racing Citroen, BP Ford, Subaru, OMV Peugeot, Stobart VK Ford and Red Bull Skoda.

Second driver for Kronos is the talented Spaniard Dani Sordo who will start 3rd on the ramp behind Loeb and Gronholm. Mikko Hirvonen will be aiming to score points for BP Ford from 4th.

Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor – who were placed 2nd in last year’s Cyprus Rally – will start fifth in their Peugeot 307WRC, followed by Petter Solberg’s Subaru.

The 2006 Cyprus Rally will once again be based around the coastal resort of Limassol.

The island’s leading international event is expected to be as exciting as ever, with an added adrenaline rush this year in the shape of the first ever OMV DownTown Special (OMV DTS) which brings rallying excitement to the winding streets of old town Limassol.

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