Cyprus Qualifying- Kajetanowicz quickest, problems for Al-Attiyah

Qualifying for the Cyprus Rally, 9th round of the FIA European Rally Championship, saw Polish driver Kajetan Kajetanowicz leading the field through the 4.47-kilometre qualifying stage, closely followed by Saudi driver Yazeed Al Rajhi (+0.208) and ERC regular Robert Consani taking the third slot (+1.189).
Kajetan Kajetanowicz
Kajetan Kajetanowicz

While Kajetanowicz was happy with his pace, he did not think that his performance would necessarily reflect his speed on the rally which starts tomorrow night “This stage I think was not similar to rally stages, it was fast. On the rally it is not so fast, it is really hard on tyres and for brakes.”

Frenchman and a familiar face on the ERC Robert Consani was happy with his performance “I like this stage, very fast, easy to drive… Very good feeling with the car, I am happy.”

WRC and MERC regular Nasser Al-Attiyah had engine problems and did not manage to complete the stage, stopping only 500 metres after the start “The engine completely stop 500m from the start, I think we have a problem with the ECU.” However, the experienced Qatari drive went on to comment that “It is good it happen here and not tomorrow so we can fix it.”

The complete Qualifying classification is:

1- Kajetanowicz 2:56.897
2- Al Rajhi +0.208
3- Consani +1.189
4- Al Qassimi +2.775
5- Breen +3.326
6- Magalhaes +5.834
7- Orsak +7.727
8- Pushkar +10.261
9- Hudec +10.273
10- Tlusak +12.794

The drivers will select their road positions for the start of the rally at 18:30 tonight at the Service Park in Nicosia.

Tomorrow night is when the rally action starts with the first stage, a super special (5.98 kilometres) around the streets of Nicosia starting at 17:36 local time.