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Azores 23sm1st Round, Azores Airlines Rallye 2018 | Surface: Gravel | Special Stages: 15 | Date: March 22-24, 2018

Alexey Lukyanuk began his 2018 ERC campaign by winning the season opener, Portugal’s Azores Airlines Rallye, on March 22-24. The Russian driver took the lead at the rally’s second Special Stage and eventually dominated the first round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship.

Following Lukyanuk all the way to the podium, 10-time Azorean champion Ricardo Moura and Bruno Magalhaes came close to winning on home soil, but had no answer for the winner’s rapid pace on the sandy surface and narrow roads of the mid-Atlantic archipelago’s largest island of São Miguel.

On the final day, Lukyanuk found a way to drive around brake issues caused by a leaking caliper to win Saturday morning’s two long stages, nearly doubling his lead ahead of second placed Moura to 37.8s. After that, Moura’s push for the win ended when he clobbered a bank and spun his Fabia R5, while Magalhaes lost more that half a minute with a broken rear differential.

Read more: ERC 2018 - Rd 1: Lukyanuk leads the way into 2018

Press Conference SNFCC 2018 (4)

With its new identity, that includes a third day of rallying and major upgrades to its design, the EKO Rally Acropolis 2018 was presented at the National Library of Greece, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The Greek Rally, 3rd round of the European Rally Championship (ERC), will be held on 1-3 June 2018.

In its third year after the return to its roots, the Region of Sterea Ellada and the city of Lamia, and to some of its most distinguished special stages of the past, this year the Rally will see two major revivals: the start under the Acropolis and the world famous Parthenon, and the Super Special Stage at the Markopoulo Hippodrome which took place back in 2007. 

The Regional Governor of Sterea Ellada, Mr. Kostas Bakoyannis, said during the press conference of the EKO Acropolis Rally 2018 that the Region's support is part of the political choice to create opportunities for tourism, economy and culture in Central Greece: "The fact that we are here for another year means that we have chosen to support such events because they are part of our growth. It also means that the Rally, beyond its sporting side, also had in the past two years the results we expected for Central Greece: opening up to something healthy can lead us forward in every level. The Acropolis Rally belongs to the whole world, but its heart will always beat in Central Greece, so we will continue to stand by its side" said Mr. Bakoyannis and thanked OMAE and the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Dimitris Michelakakis, for the perfect cooperation between the Region and the Federation.

Read more: EKO Acropolis Rally 2018 Launch Press Conference

The 2018 EKO Acropolis Rally Organizing Committee would like to inform you that flying of drones at the Special Stages during the rally is strictly forbidden, based on the ERC and FIA regulations.

The restriction is especially applied for SS2 Thiva, which will take place on Friday June 1st at 17:24, because the stage crosses a military area. The restriction is for all spectators, photographers and filming crews, accredited or not.

SERVICE C / Saturday 2 June 2018 / Leg 2 / Loop 1

“Very tough day. We avoided problems, we stay on the road and we are at first place.”

Νο3: HERCZIG Norbert - FERENCZ Ramon
“We had a good feeling, we drove very carefully as we had to clean the road. However, we are in excellent third place.”

Νο4: GRZYB Grzegorz - WROBEL Jakub
“Everyone expected it would be difficult and so it was. We have small problems with the car but we are doing well.”

Νο6: BRYNILDSEN Eyvind - ENGAN Veronica
“Difficult day. We had rhythm, we did not get any risk but eventually we had a puncture and a problem with the intercom.”

“Very difficult Stages filled with stones. We lost the brakes early on the 5th stage, we stepped out of the way twice. We will fix everything and we will be ready for the second leg to cover the lost ground.”

“Not bad at all. Our plan was to drive carefully without mistakes and we did it.”

Νο30: HALKIAS Efthimios - MAHAERAS Leonidas
“We moved smart. The car is pleasant, we learn it and it makes us happy.”

Νο33: "EL NAK Jr" - VIGOS Andreas
“We have another half day and it's a lot harder. We drive with strategy and mind. We are increasing speed slowly.”

EKO Acropolis Rally 2018 Launch Press Conference

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