World Rally Championship – 59th Acropolis Rally – May 24-27, 2012

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World Rally Championship - 59th Acropolis Rally – May 24-27, 2012

Acropolis Rally – May 24-27, 2012

Known as the Rally of Gods, the Acropolis Rally is a well-established round of the World Rally Championship (WRC). The Acropolis rally is an experience with nature, a contact with all the physical elements of the environment – earth, air, & sun.

Searing ambient temperatures, rocky, undulating roads and dust combine to make Acropolis Rally of Greece one of the most difficult and taxing on the World Rally Championship calendar; where driver and vehicle are pushed to the limit in this uncompromising test of both endurance and skill. Being one of the most iconic events in the sport, coupled with its renowned difficultly means that winning it earns a significant level of kudos for the pilot & co-pilot, team and manufacturer. A true test of Machine and Man, this is a very challenging rally.

The Acropolis Rally is a firm favorite of fans which is seen by the sheer number of them that descend upon the event. A highlight Year was in 2005 when the Olympic Stadium’s Super Special Stage wowed an audience of 65,000 fans; Greece won the award for WRC Rally of the Year for the 52nd Acropolis rally. The FIA World Rally Championship has a global television audience of more than 800 million people in almost 200 countries.

ACE Rent a Car – Greece Hot Tip: See the beginning of the Rally of Gods. The ceremonial start of the Acropolis Rally 2012 will take place on Thursday 24th of May at 17:00 in Zappion, Athens historic Acropolis site with the Parthenon in the background! The finish of the Acropolis Rally will take place on Sunday the 27th of May on the seaside road in front of Club Hotel Casino Loutraki.

The 2012 Acropolis Rally will be a festivity for Greece and for the rally motor sport community. This year is promised to be special and will attract even more visitors from all over Greece as well as foreign tourists wanting to get a bit of the action. Stay tuned for the 59th rendezvous of Greece with the World Rally Championship where 32 counties will battle to become the King of The Rally of Gods!

For 2012 we have 22 Stages with a total distance of 1,661.39 kilometers.

FiA WRC Rally Acropolis Itinerary 2012
Thursday May 24, 2012
QUALIFYING
SP Out – Shakedown Start – Free Practice – Qualifying stage – Parc Ferme In (Loutraki)
Start – Section 1
I. Service Park Exit at Loutraki 14:00
II. Zappion, Athens
III. Ceremonial Start – Ramp 17:00
SS1 – Kineta
Thursday May 24 – Day Distance – Start – Section 1: 186.23 kilometers
OVERNIGHT REGROUP

Friday, May 25, 2012
SECTION 2
SS2 – Aghia Marina
SS3 – Thiva 1
SS4 – Elikonas 1
Section 2 totals: 276.25 kilometers
SECTION 3
SS5 – Bauxites 1
SS6 – Drossohori
Section 3 totals: 115.65 kilometers
SECTION 4
SS7 – Bauxites 2
SS8 – Elikonas 2
SS9 – Thiva 2
Section 4 totals: 314.82 kilometers
Friday, May 25 – Day Distance – Section 2 -3 -4 totals: 706.72 kilometers
OVERNIGHT REGROUP

Saturday, May 26, 2012
SECTION 5
SS10 – Klenia Mycenae 1
SS11 – Ghymno 1
SS12 – Kefalari 1
SS13 – Ziria 1
Section 5 totals: 302.03 kilometers
SECTION 6
SS14 – Klenia Mycenae 2
SS15 – Ghymno 2
SS16 – Kefalari 2
SS17 – Ziria 2
Section 6 totals: 302.03 kilometers
Saturday, May 26 – Day Distance – Section 5 – 6 totals: 604.06 kilometers
OVERNIGHT REGROUP

Sunday, May 27, 2012
SECTION 7
SS18 – Aghii Theodori 1
SS19 – New Pissia 1
Section 7 totals: 62.91 kilometers
SECTION 8
SS20 – Aghii Theodori 2
SS21 – New Pissia 2
SECTION 9
SS22 – Power Stage – New Loutraki
Sunday, May 27 – Day Distance – Section 7 -8 -9 totals: 164.38 kilometers
Absolute total Kilometers driven after 22SS: 1,661.39 kilometers.

Past Acropolis Rally Winners
2011 – Sebastien Ogier, Citroen
2010 – The event was out of the WRC calendar.
2009 – Mikko Hirvonen, Ford
2008 – Sebastien Loeb, Citroen
2007 – Marcus Gronholm, Ford
2006 – Marcus Gronholm, Ford
2005 – Sebastien Loeb, Citroen
2004 – Petter Solberg, Subaru
2003 – Markko Martin, Ford
2002 – Colin McRae, Ford
2001 – Colin McRae, Ford
2000 – Colin McRae, Ford

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