Van Merksteijn Motorsport is hoping for a problem free Acropolis Rally
Van Merksteijn Motorsport will for the first time take part in the historical Acropolis Rally, The Rally of the Gods. The rally with a long history in the sport will be the second WRC event where father and son Van Merksteijn will compete in the Citroën DS3 WRC. Both drivers are looking forward to the start of the rally on Friday morning and are hoping for a trouble free weekend rallying.
Last week, father and son Van Merksteijn have conducted an extensive test with the DS3 WRC at a track in the area of Le Castellet in the south of France. Both drivers have been able to drive many kilometers with the car and gain a lot of experience. Especially for Peter sr. it was a very valuable test considering he has driven the car only for a limited amount of kilometers in the past. For Peter sr. it is familiar territory as he tested his Porsche RS Spyder in 2008 on the nearby Paul Ricard Test Circuit in preparation for the successful Le Mans project.
With such a strong entry list for this edition of the Acropolis Rally, Van Merksteijn Motorsport is hoping to have finally a weekend ahead free from problems. The people at Citroën have been working very hard on both cars to prevent the troubles which have kept Peter jr. from a classification in the past events. “This is a special rally and we hope that this time we can finish the rally without any significant issues” according to Gerard Grouve, team manager of Van Merksteijn Motorsport.
The Acropolis Rally is one of the oldest events in rallying, since 1953 an international rally has been organized in Greece. The 2011 edition of the rally measures over 1200 kilometers during which the teams will complete on 18 special stages with a length of almost 350 kilometers during the three days of the event. The mix of rough and twisty mountain roads, smothering dust and the high temperatures make the rally in Greece as one of the toughest on the WRC calendar. The drivers must be in top physical shape to survive the terrible state of the tracks in temperatures which can reach above 50 degrees inside the car.
-source: van merksteijn motorsport