82 crews are registered to take their place at the Ceremonial Start of the SEAJETS 2016 Acropolis Rally, which will be held at Leonidas' monument in Thermopylae. Entries for the event are by far more numerous this year than they have been in any of the recent organizations; 35 crews participating in the European Rally Championship, while 47 local entries will be there, counting only for the Greek Rally Championship.
Referring to the European entries, the international participants touched 29 for 2016, double the number of last year. All the top teams of the championship will compete on the soil of the Central Greece region, amongst them the title contenders Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Alexey Lukyanuk, both driving a Ford Fiesta R5; no less than 12 R5 rally cars will compete. Top Greek crew Lambros Athanassoulas - Nikos Zakheos will also be there in their Skoda Fabia R5, trying to shoot for 1st place overall after their impressive podium finish last year.
In ERC-2, European Title contenders Chuchala - Dymurski, Scattolon - Zanini and Alonso - Monasterolo will have to beat strong local teams ready to do their best, like Iaveris Jr. - Spyros Koltsidas who are back in action after 11 years of absence in a Mitsubishi Lance EVO IX and Konstantinos Halivelakis - Marios Tsaousoglou in yet another Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX.
SEAJETS 2016 Acropolis Rally is also to count for the Greek Championship. The entrants will be awarded points for each racing day separately; worst day's result will be discarded for those who finish both legs. Among 47 crews who registered to start the Rally, 4 will participate only during day 1, 10 will start on the 2nd day and 33 will shoot for both legs. Top teams include Greek title contenders George Filippidis - Leonidas Macheras and Vassilis Velanis - Giannis Velanis; both driving a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX.
Our rendez-vous is set for May 6th in Central Greece. First exhaust firing sounds will be heard in Lamia Industrial Area at 08:30, when the free practice is scheduled to start. The qualifying special stage will start at 11:23 and the Ceremonial Start will be held at 18:30 in Thermopylae.