*European championship leader Lukyanuk among 19 drivers in R5 cars
*Multiple national champions in action on legendary event
*Eighteen nationalities set to be represented at Athens start
For more than 60 years, the Acropolis Rally has made heroes and broken hearts. Throughout that time, its legendary status has remained undiminished with last season’s edition offering the usual mix of triumph – for winner Kajetan Kajetanowicz -and despair- for Nikolay Gryazin, who was leading when his car was gutted by fire, thankfully without injury to the young Russian and his co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov.
This year’s event, round three of the all-action FIA European Rally Championship, is set to be no different as crews negotiate demanding gravel stages in the Region of Central Greece.
Factor in punishing ambient and ground temperatures, the prospect of rain in the build-up to the event, plus the presence of just shy of 20 R5 cars, and the stage is set for a thrilling contest.
With two ERC wins from two starts, Alexey Lukyanuk will be the driver in the ascendency when the exciting entry is flagged away from the ceremonial start below the remains of the ancient Acropolis citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in the Greek capital Athens on Friday morning (1 June).