*ŸLive television coverage for mixed-surface, fan-friendly
event*150,000 Euros prize fund for Cyprus spectacular on 6 November
The ground-breaking Love Cyprus Golden Stage Rally, which took place
to great acclaim for the first time in 2010, will run again on Sunday
6 November, Eurosport Events and the Cyprus Automobile Association are
delighted to confirm.
Rather than covering a multiple number of stages, the Golden Stage
Rally is unique in that it features one single stage, the Golden
Stage, run twice on a mixed surface route shown live on television
around the world.
The quick-fire format will thrill fans as drivers battle against the
clock for a share of the 150,000 Euros prize fund.
Promoted by Eurosport Events and organised by the CAA, the
competition will take place the day after the 2011 Intercontinental
Rally Challenge season concludes in Cyprus.
Francois Ribeiro, the Motorsport Business Director of Eurosport,
said: “The inaugural Golden Stage Rally proved such a success
that we can’t wait for it to run again this season. We are
building on the event’s success with a new route that will come
alive as drivers push to the limit in pursuit of the big prize live on
Antonis Michaelides, President of the CAA, said: “Last year we
broke new ground with the first ever Golden Stage Rally and created a
whole new rallying experience that proved a major hit with drivers and
fans alike. This year we’re set to recreate the excitement,
delivering a thrill ride that will entertain motorsport fans across
the world. I’m confident that the drivers will put on a terrific
show once again as they ‘go for gold!’”
Extensive live television coverageAs in 2010, the Love Cyprus Golden
Stage Rally will benefit from an extensive live television production
managed by Eurosport Events, which has successfully pioneered live
coverage of several rounds of the IRC. Eurosport Events is responsible
for the distribution of the worldwide media rights (including
television rights).
The Love Cyprus Golden Stage Rally will be broadcast in its entirety
through Eurosport’s network, reaching more than 117 million homes
across 59 countries and through Eurosport Asia-Pacific on Sunday 6
November as follows:
11:00hrs-12:00hrs: Live Eurosport Golden Stage Run 1
(20kms)14:00hrs-15:00hrs: Live Eurosport Golden Stage Run 2 (20kms)
All-new route for Golden StageThis year’s Golden Stage Rally
will use an all-new mixed-surface route based around the village of
Polis, 40 kilometres from Pafos in the west of Cyprus with spectacular
views of the Mediterranean Sea. Leading international co-driver Denis
Giraudet played a key role in designing the stage.
“The challenge was to improve the route used last year and this
has been achieved with something that will be quite incredible,”
said Jean-Pierre Nicolas, the IRC’s Motorsport Development
Regulations and entry forms will be published at the event’s
official website,, shortly where regular news
updates will also be available. The event will be open to all teams
and drivers competing with Super 2000 (Appendix J 2010), R2, R3 and R4
cars plus Group A cars up to 2000cc in both two-wheel and four-wheel
drive configuration.

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