The seventh round of the FIA European Rally Championships has finished in Cyprus. For the Russian crew of Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov it ended ahead of schedule three special stages before the race finish – a problem with the electric system forced guys to stop a kilometer before the 10th special stages finish line. Dropped pressure in the fuel system did not allow to complete the performance. Alexey Lukyanuk confidently held the second position in the race; only Nasser Al-Attiyah was ahead, while both crews performed their tasks without interfering with each other: Al-Attiyah went to his 15th victory in the Middle East Rally Championship, Lukyanuk fought for the maximum number of points to win the FIA European Rally Championship this season.
The Qatari driver coped with the task perfectly well – having won almost all the special stages of the race, he became the Middle East rally series winner ahead of schedule, writing his name in history.
Alexey Lukyanuk, “We ended yesterday pretty well – there were six special stages on Saturday and we tried to follow our tactics. We drove the first day in a fairly comfortable mode, without much risk, but Sunday was not so beautiful. A kilometer before the tenth SS finish the fuel pressure dropped and we had to stop. The special stages have been very interesting today from the driving point of view – there have been many turns and hairpins in the mountains and it has constantly kept me in strain and concentration”.
Chris Ingram, the main rival of Lucas, was able to rise one position higher and secured the third position in the overall standings that made it possible for the British driver to get 15 points.
The final FIA ERC round will be held in Hungary. The task for the Russians has become more complicated, but the crew does not give up – Chris Ingram remains the series leader for the final race, while Alexey Lukyanuk and Lukasz Habaj are at a distance of a half dozen points from the Briton. This race was not part of Lukyanuk’s program, so now the team is trying to find the opportunity and funding for performing at the final series round.