The sixth Cyprus International Motor Rally ended on Sunday (1 October) after a gruelling 1,500 kilometre (900 miles) covered during three day.
The sixth Cyprus International Motor Rally ended on Sunday (1 October) after a gruelling 1,500 kilometre (900 miles) covered during three day.s Roger Clark and Jim Porter of Great Britain were the winners, driving a Ford Escort. The Cyprus Rally counts towards the European Rally Championship, and is a qualifying event for the Spanish and Greek sponsored Middle East Challenge.
SYNOPSIS: Pole position went to A. Zanini of Spain in a Fiat 131 Abarth.
Eventual winner Britain's Roger Clark was seeded number three, in this Group 4 Ford Escort.
Another Fiat 131 Abarth was driven by B. Fernandez of Spain, and local driver Christos Kirmitsis drove the other Ford Escort. As the cars drove through the night, Clark overtook his closest competitors to effectively dominate the race from then on.
By morning, he was still in the lead, followed closely by Kirmitis, both of them taking the rugged mountain roads in their stride.
Franz wittman in an Opel Kadett GTE was competing in the rally for the first time, and Leonidas competed in a Renault 5 Alpine. The drivers were faced with mountain roads that in some places became tortuous and narrow tracks.
By this stage, only 20 of original 44 cars were left, and many of those remaining were in poor shape. Wittman had blown up his engine and had to retire. Two entrants from Kuwait were forces to retire with gear box trouble and popular Kenyan driver Shekhar Menta's car expired on the 24th stage.
Zanini was in third place at this stage, and was cheered on by local enthusiasts. But in the end, he failed to place.
Clark maintained his steady pattern into the 25th and final stage of the rally. He and his partner, Jim Porter, had few difficulties over the three-day competition, except for several punctures.
The popular local driver, Christos Kirmitis, and his co-driver, David Adams, were consistent enough to gain second place.
Only 12 cars arrived at Nicosia Stadium. The british team in the Ford escort, roger Clark and Jim Porter, took first prize. The other Ford Escort team, Christos Kirmistsis and David Adams, came second, and the drivers of the Chrysler Avenger. Dimitri Navropoulos and Terzian Vasiliades of Cyprus, came third.