EKO Acropolis Rally preview

EKO Acropolis Rally preview

25.05.2018: ERC Rallyes - EKO ACROPOLIS RALLY FIA European Rally Championship round 3/8 June 1-3, 2018 One of the most demanding and famous events on the international motorsport calendar forms the latest challenge for the FIA European Rally Championship

ERC Rallyes -  EKO ACROPOLIS RALLY
FIA European Rally Championship round 3/8
June 1-3, 2018





One of the most demanding and famous events on the international motorsport calendar forms the latest challenge for the FIA European Rally Championship drivers when the EKO Acropolis Rally takes place in Central Greece from 1-3 June following the ceremonial start in Athens next Friday morning.




EKO ACROPOLIS RALLY IN NUMBERS:





19: A total of 19 top-of-the-range R5 cars are set to line up at the start in the Greek capital Athens.



18: Of the list of registrations, 19 nationalities are represented.



12: This year’s EKO Acropolis Rally, which starts from under the ancient Acropolis citadel in Athens, features 12 stages over 237.89 timed kilometres, making it the longest of the ERC season so far.



30.53: The famous Thiva stage is the longest of the Lamia-based rally at 30.53 kilometres. In contrast, SSS Hippodrome in Markopoulo is the shortest at 2.60 kilometres.



5: Since returning to the European championship roster in 2014, the Acropolis Rally has been ever-present on the ERC schedule and this year celebrates its fifth running in the modern era of the ERC in 2018.



70: Greek Haris Kaltsounis will turn 70 this September making him the oldest driver in the field. He’s also started the event more times than any of rivals with this year’s running marking appearance number 33.








FAST FACTS:



*The Acropolis Rally was a regular on the ERC schedule up until 1968, the year when British hero Roger Clark took his Ford Escort to victory, one year after Paddy Hopkirk had triumphed in a Mini Cooper S.



*Indeed, British drivers have a strong record on the Acropolis with Colin McRae winning the event a record five times and Richard Burns once.



*The 2014 Acropolis Rally was the setting of the first event win for the PEUGEOT 208 T16 with Irishman Craig Breen, co-driven by Scott Martin, coming out on top for the French make. Since then there has been wins for the Ford Fiesta R5 (2015 and 2017) and ŠKODA Fabia R5 (2016).



*Evidence from archaeological excavations suggest Lamia’s first inhabitants arrived in the Bronze Age.



*Essential ingredients for the perfect Greek salad are tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese and Kalamata olives seasoned with salt, oregano and dressed with olive oil. Best served with warm pita bread. Lemon juice is optional.





Richard Rodgers, photos FIA ERC


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