CEREMONIAL START
DRIVERS' QUOTES


1    KAJETANOWICZ Kajetan - BARAN Jaroslaw    FORD Fiesta R5
“There are two ways. First one is to go slower so as not to damage the car and wait to see what happens. This still is not easy, because you may lose your concentration. The other way is to push hard as always, but that is very risky. In total I like the stages”.

2    LUKYANUK Alexey - KAPUSTIN Roman    FORD Fiesta R5
“My target is to stay on the road, because sometimes I face problems doing so. This Rally is really interesting and demanding for both the crew and the car. The stages are quite different, some of them pretty twisty; in others you need to go flat out and there are also some exciting crests. The landscape is nice, although we don’t have time to look around”.

3    TARABUS Jaromir - TRUNKAT Daniel        SKODA Fabia R5
“The Acropolis Rally in this venue will be challenging and it is going to be all about surviving. The stages are hard and our target is to finish at the best possible place. We will do our best”.

4    BOTKA David - SZELES Peter        CITROEN DS3 R5
“The stages are beautiful and the mountains too. We experienced some problems in the QS with the engine, so we found ourselves first on the road. We hope to be lucky with that. Our target is to finish in the top 5”.

6    JEETS Raul - TOOM Andrus        SKODA Fabia R5
“I like the stages more than last year’s, because there is no tarmac and this comes in favor of our gravel set up. The stages require good pace notes and driving fast is not a problem if you stay out of trouble. The Acropolis Rally needs a great deal of concentration and our target is to finish in a better position than last year (6th)”.

7    DELLA CASA Federico - POZZI Domenico    PEUGEOT 208 T16
“I hope the brakes will perform better tomorrow. About the Rally, we need to be careful because if you push hard it is likely to make an error. We aim to finish all the stages”.

8    KASPERCZYK Tomasz - SYTY Damian        FORD Fiesta R5
“Τhe stages are really hard and I don’t have much experience on this kind of soil. We hope to have fun and finish the Rally. Getting to the finish line will be a good result, because it’s very easy to have a puncture or crash.”

9    ATHANASSOULAS Lambros - PANAGIOTOUNIS Elias    SKODA Fabia R5
“We would like to set top 5 times in the stages. I don’t think that we can go faster than Kajetanowicz and Lukyanuk. Our target is to finish on podium. The stages are fine and I hope that we are not going to have any problem with the weather conditions”.

10    KOLTUN Jaroslav - PLESKOT Ireneusz        FORD Fiesta R5
“Our target is to be there at the finish line. If we manage to do so, the result will be good. The Rally is really hard”.

11    SIRMACIS Ralfs - SIMINS Arturs        SKODA Fabia R5
“I am looking forward for the real Rally tomorrow. The feeling is great and the car set-up is perfect after the test we made. We want to fight for the top three positions”.

12    TLUSTAK Antonin - KUCERA Ladislav        SKODA Fabia R5
“Typical Acropolis’ stages. Most of them are new to us. We expected them to be rougher, though. This is our first start with an R5 car on gravel, so our target is to finish at the top 10”.

14    SCATTOLON Giacomo - ZANINI Paolo        MITSUBISHI Lancer Evo IX
“It is an amazing start, an unbelievable scenario. We feel lucky and proud to be in such a wonderful place like this. About the race, we will try to score as many points as possible. All the competitors of ERC2 are fast, so we will do our best.

15    ALONSO Juan Carlos - MONASTEROLO Juan Pablo    MITSUBISHI Lancer EVO X
“Special stages have all one would expect in an Acropolis Rally, being rough and tricky; still, they are wonderful. I like them because they are similar with the stages back home in Argentina. Our road position is not good, but it’s a long Rally. We want to win the class, so as to get as many points for the Championship”.

17    CHUCHALA Wojciech - DYMURSKI Daniel    SUBARU Impreza WRX STI
“Tomorrow we can’t attack the way we did today. We have to drive the smart way; which means protect the car and make it to the finish line. We may attack only sparsely in the right place and time, as we primarily want to survive and finish.”

18    RANGA Peter - BAN VIKTOR        MITSUBISHI Lancer EVO IX
“The stages are technical and very rough. We have to be fast, but also careful. We will try to be on the podium of our class”.

21    PIENIAZEK Lukasz - MAZUR Przemyslaw    OPEL Adam R2
“The special stages are very difficult and rough with a lot of stones that sometimes change the grip amount. Hopefully there will be no rain, because if it rains it is really hard to drive fast a 2WD car. Our expectation is to be on top of the standings after the Rally and maybe extend our lead. Most important for me is to gain experience, because this is just my second rally on gravel.”

22    BESSENYEY Zoltan - BERENDI David        RENAULT Clio RS
“The Rally looks OK. All drivers of ERC3 are equally fast more or less, but here surviving is the most important thing. Certainly, we want to win in order to keep our championship hopes alive. Still, we will not be sad if we finish at the podium.”

24    "IAVERIS JUNIOR" - KOLTSIDAS Spyros    MITSUBISHI Lancer Evo IX
“The Rally is nice, although the stages are rough for an ERC event; but that’s Acropolis Rally. We will just drive in the first three stages and check our times, after that we will react accordingly. It will be great if we could finish behind Chuchala.”

25    HALKIAS Efthimios - SOUKOULIS Konstantinos    SUBARU Impreza WRX STI
“The Rally is very nice. Our target is to enjoy ourselves and we hope that the stages will be crowded with fans”.

26    HALIVELAKIS Konstantinos-TSAOUSOGLOU Marios    MITSUBISHI Lancer Evo IX
“The Rally is very nice. The route is fine and the stages in good condition. We would like to drive as fast as we can, but also remember to use our brains. We need to check our stage times in comparison with the ERC crews.

27    PANTELI Petros - KONSTANTINOY Konstantinos    MITSUBISHI Lancer EVO X
“The stages are very nice, except for a segment of the first one which is very muddy. We don’t know about the condition of the roads tomorrow, we hope that they will be better. Our target is to finish in  a good position.”

30    ZOUNIS Ioannis - SAINIS Dimitris        SUBARU Impreza WRX STI
“This is a typical rough Acropolis like it was in the distant past, despite the fact it is shorter. Today we were unlucky in the shakedown, braking a driveshaft. Still, it is preferable to face problems like this today, and not during the Rally.”



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