New venue, constant value

The Alternate Minister of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports, Giannis Oikonomou, revealed that the Super Special Stage of the EKO Acropolis Rally 2023 will take place at Water Square.

The new stage will become part of the rally schedule, with the field set to tackle it on Thursday, 7 September, in front of a packed crowd.

Just a short distance from the site of the 2023 EKO Super Special Stage of the Acropolis Rally, the last few particulars for the 10th round of the FIA WRC were unveiled.

In the event presentation, the guests were welcomed by the Alternate Minister of Education, Religious Affairs and Sports, Giannis Oikonomou, who also took over as president of the rally's Organising Committee along with his new duties. As a symbolic gesture, he presented a commemorative plate to Lefteris Avgenakis, now Minister of Rural Development and Food, recognising his predecessor's valuable contribution in bringing the rally back to the WRC and raising its organisation level over the past two years.

Mr. Oikonomou, from the “Ploes” floating venue where the event was hosted, revealed that the rally on its 70th anniversary will begin in front of what best characterises Greece, namely the seafront of the Athens Riviera.

Therefore, on Thursday, September 7th, directly following the ceremonial start that can only take place at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens, the rally cars will begin their first performance on Greek soil, in and around Water Square.

The EKO Super Special Stage, spanning a distance of 1.48 km, will take place under the watchful eyes of 6,300 grandstand spectators and thousands of sports enthusiasts who will spectate from the designated spectator areas, with no required entry fee. Located between the Tae Kwon Do and Beach Volley Olympic venues, overlooking the Faliro Marina and the armoured cruiser "Georgios Averof", the EKO Acropolis Rally will once again showcase the beauty of Greece to more than 150 countries across the globe. The cars will compete individually, much like the 14 special stages comprising the rally over the next three days.

From special stages “Loutraki” and “Pisia” to those of Central Greece, with the focus again on Lamia, the route of this year's edition, as revealed through digital graphs, is perhaps the most representative of its 70-year history.

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