ROUND 3 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
12 - 15 March 2009
Much has changed since the WRC's last visit to Cyprus in 2006. Most of the competitive distance is new and while the holiday resort of Limassol remains the base, there is a new service park alongside the seafront in the town's Germasogeia area.
After Thursday evening's start ceremony at Limassol's Palais des Sports, Friday's asphalt leg is based on the western edge of the Troodos mountains, north of Paphos, and is the longest of the rally.
The bulk of Saturday's action is located in the centre of the Troodos before Sunday's final leg returns to the west. Although it contains only three stages, Sunday will be a true sting in the tail with one test of more than 40km and another of more than 30km – the only stage remaining from the 2006 itinerary.
Only one gravel stage will be used more than once and drivers tackle 14 stages covering 332.07km in a route of 1198.00km.
Thursday 12 March: Ceremonial start
Start Palais des Sports, Limassol 20.00
Friday 13 March: Day 1 Limassol - Limassol
Start Limassol 08.00 SS1 Panagia 1 30.33km 09.23 SS2 Mylikouri 1 7.37km 10.21 SS3 Gerakies 1 29.40km 10.46 Serv A Limassol (30 mins) 12.41 SS4 Panagia 2 30.33km 14.34 SS5 Mylikouri 2 7.37km 15.32 SS6 Gerakies 2 29.40km 15.57 Serv B Limassol (45 mins) 17.35 Finish Limassol 18.20
Saturday 14 March: Day 2 Limassol - Limassol
Serv C Limassol (15 mins) 07.00 SS7 Anadiou Dam 1 11.70km 08.43 SS8 Pano Panagia 28.17km 09.11 SS9 Orkontas 18.54km 11.19 Serv D Limassol (30 mins) 13.09 SS10 Xyliatos 30.94km 15.17 SS11 Kourdali 26.25km 16.20 Serv E Limassol (45 mins) 18.18 Finish Limassol 19.03
Sunday 15 March: Day 3 Limassol - Limassol
Serv F Limassol (15 mins) 08.00 SS12 Foini 30.03km 09.18 RSZ G Anadiou Dam (15 mins) 10.18 SS13 Anadiou 40.54km 10.49 SS14 Anadiou Dam 2 11.70km 12.02 Serv H Limassol (10 mins) 14.00 Finish Limassol 14.20
Total 82.27km Rally total 332.07km