The seventh round of the World Rally Championship approaches and with Petter currently lying fifth in the Driver’s Championship, the Petter Solberg World Rally Team are making their way to the Acropolis Rally of Greece, based in the seaside town of Loutraki which is 90kms west of Athens. The site of the Acropolis in Athens will host the ceremonial start on Thursday. Friday’s stages are based around Kemena Vourla, where, after completing Elatia; the longest stage of the rally, on the roughest stages in the WRC, there will be a fifteen minute remote service where only tyre changes and basic repairs can be made, using only the spares carried in the rally car. Following the service there are still another four stages to be completed before the end of day one.
Saturday and Sunday-day two and three of the event, will be based back around Loutraki with three repeated stages on Saturday and a 17.71km night stage. Sunday will be based to the north of Loutraki where there will be two runs through New Pissia stage and two runs through 19.42km Aghii Theodori stage, the start of which will then become the 4km Power Stage on Sunday afternoon. The Power Stage will be broadcast live on TV and offers additional Championship points for the fastest three drivers.
The rally surface is hard gravel with high ground temperatures and rocky, dusty roads. A challenging rally for both the car and crew, Rally Acropolis temperatures make conditions even harder, with no air-conditioning in the car for Petter and Chris who are driving in fire-proof undergarments with race suits on top.
- Greece will be another tough event, says Petter Solberg. – But I’m confident that both the car and the driver are up for it! The stages in Greece are really hard on the car, and with only a remote service on Friday you have to avoid hitting trouble. Tyre wear will also be a big issue during the weekend. I have so many great memories from earlier events in Greece, so I’m happy we are back here this year and of course, I am aiming for the podium!
Acropolis Rally of Greece starts on Friday 17th June at 0908 local time.
-source: petter solberg wrt