Σάββατο, 1 Ιουνίου 2013

The Rally of Gods


WRC σημαίνει Ακρόπολις!

The World Rally Championship Program has provoked a lot of comments during the past years with many arguing that a revised calendar with an introduction of new rallies would renovate the institution. Nevertheless, the idea of having a base of classic rallies prevailed and, thus, made the Rally of Monte Carlo, the Rally of Finland and the Acropolis Rally something equivalent to the WRC.
Just a year before celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Acropolis
Rally, both the Organizing Committee and the participants are ready for this challenge, aiming to carry out a rally worth waiting for by all WRC fans worldwide.
The Greek recession has inevitably affected the Acropolis Rally and although the difficulties were very much apparent from the beginning, it all turned out fine. By following the same successful recipe, Celeritas has once again found a way to prepare a rally worthy of its legend and aligned with the new facts. Thus, the 59th Acropolis Rally will be carried out in three days but with shorter total length. The decision for cutting down costs had as a result the planning of a route that would not disperse the crews far from the centre of the Rally and would also make a clever use and planning of the classic special stages in Peloponnese.
And of course, as Greeks always want to make the difference, during the first day the “Gods” of the WRC will compete under the summer moonlight, in an attempt to revive the 2011 night special stage.
The crews will fight in a total of 14 special stages with the overall kilometers reaching the 306,53. Club Hotel Casino Loutraki will be once more the hosting venue of the Acropolis Rally Headquarters while the Service Park will be held at the Engineer Directorate Camp (Loutraki).
Well, lights are on and the World Rally Championship crews are ready to battle once again under the Greek sky, side by side with the crews of the
Greek Championship who will do their best to satisfy all their fans.
So, let’s move up to the mountains of Peloponnese and prove once more the reason why the Acropolis Rally forms an integral part of the WRC.

The Programme of Rally Acropolis 2013

MONDAY 27 MAY
07:00 - 21:00 Opening of the service park - Loutraki, Military School
09:00 - 21:00 Opening of the RALLY HQ - Club Hotel Casino Loutraki

TUESDAY 28 MAY
09:00 - 21:00 Administrative checks - Reconnaissance registration

WEDNESDAY 29 MAY
07:00 - 23:00 Reconnaissance
10:00 - 21:00 Accreditation Office and Media Centre opens at Rally HQ - Club Hotel Casino Loutraki

THURSDAY 30 MAY
07:00 - 23:00 Reconnaissance
08:00 - 13:00 Closing of administrative checks / Collection of materials
09:30 - 13:30 Sealing & marking of components for Manufacturers & WRC Teams
12:00 - 14:00 Scales available for Manufacturers & WRC Teams Scrutineering Tent as from 15:00 Scrutineering / sealing & marking of components for other,
P3, non-priority drivers & Junior WRC cars
19:00 Publication of the Start list for the QS - Official notice board

FRIDAY 31 MAY
08:00 - 10:00 Free Practice P1 & P2 drivers
10:33 QS start
11:00 - 13:00 Optional Shakedown for P3 drivers and non-priority drivers) except Junior WRC drivers
12:00 Publication of the results for the QS
12:15 Selection of start positions from P1 drivers for section 1 - Service Park
13:00 Pre-event FIA Press Conference, Media Centre - Club Hotel Casino Loutraki
16:15 - 16:45 Autograph session - P1 drivers & co-drivers, Zappion, Athens
17:00 Ceremonial Start Zappion, Athens
01:15 Publication of the start list for Saturday

SATURDAY 1 JUNE
07:15 Start of Day 2
22:00 Publication of the start list for Sunday

SUNDAY 2 JUNE
09:30 Start of day 3
15:30 Prize-Giving at Service park
16:15 Post-event FIA press conference Media Centre - Club Hotel Casino Loutraki
18:00 Publication of the Provisional Final Classification

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