tests36The week of the 64th Acropolis Rally, round 3 of the European Rally Championship, began with the first tests for several top ERC crews in the classic stages of Pavliani and Kaloskopi.

Their aim, under a partially cloudy sky, was of course to familiarize themselves with the Greek gravel and to find the proper set-up of cars for the upcoming special stages –and even the possibility of rain. On Tuesday 29/5 the crews will start the official reconnaissance of the Acropolis Rally’s special stages.

No1: LUKYANUK Alexey – ARNAUTOV Alexey

We know the race is hard. Our main goal is to see how the race will evolve, try not to have a puncture or other problems. These are the keys to success. Almost half of the special stages are new for us, while others have the opposite direction, so we need to write new notes. The conditions for all drivers will be virtually the same and this is positive.

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acro2018 Brynildsen previewEyvind Brynildsen (ERC1, Ford Fiesta R5):

On the gravel I will be really disappointed if we can’t match [Alexey] Lukyanuk. On Rally Islas Canarias I was prepared mentally not to be at [his pace] but I was hoping all the time. But in Acropolis I should be on the same level even with the lack of driving and training. I was close to being second in PWRC [on the Acropolis in 2008] on but I blew the engine before the ramp when I was fighting with [Toshi] Arai, [Juho] Hänninen and [Andreas] Aigner. It’s a really tough rally but we will prepare as good as we can, build the car like a tank, try to survive and hope we can be on the podium there and win.

Amittrajit Ghosh (ERC3, Ford Fiesta R2):

It is a proud moment to be competing in the ERC. Our aim will be to gather valuable miles and experience through this year in preparation for an all-­out assault in the next. I want to thank RRPM for getting us here and our new sponsor, Pana Education, for coming on board at this important juncture of our career.

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acro2018 preview*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).

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sss works (6)Nine days before the premiere of EKO Acropolis Rally 2018, with the Super Special Stage of Markopoulo Hippodrome on Friday 1st of June (15:26), the pre-sale has started via the website www.ticketmaster.gr.

The drivers of the European Rally Championship (ERC), as well as the competitors of the Panhellenic Gravel Rally Championships for modern and historic rally cars, will return at the same place of the SSS and finish of Acropolis Rally 2007.

This year's design of the SSS route is different compared to 2007, primarily with fast prolonged and extremely spectacular turns, as the competitors will race head-to-head in couples. Starting simoultaneously, the cars will cover the entire route, 2.60 km in length, before they finish at their starting point.

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