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    RallyeNewsletter - http://www.rallye-newsletter.com/ : Greece 05
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    2005 Acropolis Rally - 23rd - 26th June

    In this issue:

    - Rally Preview
    - Event Timetable
    - Event Statistics
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    Rally Acropolis Preview

    The Acropolis Rally is based at Lamia, approximately 200kms north east of
    Athens. After dropping the traditional ceremonial start in Athens last year,
    the rally will return to the capital this year for a start ceremony and
    superspecial inside the spectacular stadium built for the 2004 Olympic
    Games.
    After Thursday night's start the cars will be brought back to Lamia from
    where the remainder of the event will be based. On Friday crews face two
    loops of three stages (including two attempts at the 32.55kms of
    Elatia-Zeli). Saturday sees two groups of four stages on the schedule while
    Sunday's final leg features four tests including Pyrgos which, at 34.80kms,
    is the longest of the event. The rally finishes at Thermopyles,
    approximately 15kms from Lamia, at 1445 local time (1345 CET).


    Citroen

    The big questions in Greece this weekend (24-26 June 2005) will be can
    Sébastien Loeb make it five World Rally Championship wins in a row, further
    extending his lead in the World Rally Drivers' Championship, and can Carlos
    Sainz add enough points to Citroën's tally to put the car maker back in the
    lead for the manufacturers' title chase.Consecutive successes with the
    Citroën Xsara in New Zealand, Sardinia, Cyprus and Turkey have taken
    Sébastien Loeb 13 points clear at the top of the provisional Drivers'
    championship standings, while Citroën has moved to within just 4 points of
    top spot in the Manufacturers' table.

    Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena: "I am effectively beginning to have good
    experience of Greece. But this year's route features some 80 km of new
    stages and the weather is another unknown factor. Statistically, rain is
    rare in Greece in June, but two of my tyre choices last year proved
    unsuitable. One because it rained and the other because the rain I was
    expecting didn't happen. As for the lessons we have learnt from the last two
    events, the fight at the sharp end in Cyprus was prematurely truncated and
    the rain took everyone by surprise in Turkey. So, yes, we have the necessary
    cards in hand to win, but since we don't know what cards our rivals hold we
    will be as cautious as we usually are."

    Carlos Sainz/Marc Marti: "I think our strategy will be the same as in
    Turkey. I absolutely need to finish, and in the big points. Naturally, if I
    see an opportunity to finish better than 4th then I will perhaps change
    tactics. Above all, I hope we don't hit any problems so that I can help
    Citroën as much as I can one last time."


    Subaru

    The Subaru World Rally Team will be entering a three-car team in the
    Acropolis Rally. The three Subaru Impreza WRC2005's will be driven by Petter
    Solberg (co-driven by Phil Mills) Chris Atkinson (co-driven by Glenn
    MacNeall) and Stéphane Sarrazin (co-driven by Denis Giraudet). After winning
    the event last year in a Subaru Impreza WRC2004, Petter Solberg has the
    best possible form ahead of this year's Acropolis.

    Petter Solberg/Phil Mills: "I'm heading to Greece with the objective to win.
    I'm ready for a big attack, I expect to take a few risks, but I'm planning
    to do all I can to take ten points. I think the whole team and me are so
    determined to win now that we have the same goals - win the next rally, get
    back on track and get the winning spirit. I'm not going there for second
    place. I like the Acropolis rally a lot. It's rough and rocky, but that's
    normally good for Subaru and Pirelli, I think they have a good formula in
    the conditions and I hope the combination will be successful. The stage in
    the stadium sounds like fun. I'm pleased that so may people who love
    rallying will get the chance to see the cars. Sometimes it's difficult for
    them to get out on the stages. Driving on gravel tyres won't be any
    problem - it'll make a hell of a show."

    Chris Atkinson/Glen MacNeall: "Once again it's a new rally for me and I'm
    looking forward to starting it. I'm expecting the Greek stages to present a
    different sort of challenge to the Turkish ones, but Subaru has a good
    history there. I've only been to the Rally of Greece once before, and then
    only as a spectator, but from what I saw, the mixture of conditions will
    make the stages good fun to drive. My main objective for the rally is to run
    at a solid pace all weekend, not push too hard, and get a solid overall
    result. I've been taking full advantage of the Superally regulations so far
    this year, but I'm hoping I won't need to in Greece."

    Stephane Sarrazin/Denis Giraudet: "I'm feeling fine and really looking
    forward to the second gravel rally in my career. I think for next week I
    will have a good car and I'm ready to give my best effort. After my last
    rally in Sardinia I was very happy with the feeling, and next week I'll be
    trying to improve myself and push a bit more. Since Sardinia my pace-note
    system with Denis has developed a lot, and we have had opportunities to
    practise it on the recces in Cyprus and Turkey. My main objective is to
    improve my car control, it has more performance available than I am using
    just yet, so I hope that we'll learn more get more speed and continue like
    that."


    Ford

    With the championship reaching the halfway point and Ford lying third in the
    manufacturers' standings, BP-Ford team director Malcolm Wilson has given
    both drivers the go-ahead to drive flat out. "Toni has the opportunity to
    drive at 100 percent from the very first kilometre and I expect him to show
    the pace that brought him podium finishes on the first two rounds. For the
    past few rallies Roman has been under orders to drive cautiously and ensure
    that he brought the car to the finish. He has done a great job by avoiding
    trouble and scoring points on the last three events. Now I've told him that
    he can drive at maximum from the start here and show me his pace," said
    Wilson.

    Toni Gardemeister/Jakke Honkanen: This rally is the best of the rough
    rallies we do," said the 30-year-old Finn. "It's normally the quickest and
    the roads are much better now than they were five years ago. They're wider
    and probably not as rough as they used to be, but still a tough challenge. I
    enjoy driving there and think it would be realistic to aim for a podium
    finish. I have a good strong car and I'd like to have a clean run and get a
    good position for the team."

    Roman Kresta/Jan Mozny: "I'm really looking forward to Greece because it's a
    nice rally in which to drive," said the Czech. "But it's also a difficult
    one. It's rough but can also be quite fast and that combination is hard for
    the cars. The roads are quite wide and for the second pass through the
    stages they will be quite clean. I would compare some sections to the roads
    we encountered in Sardinia."


    Peugeot

    After Sardinia, Cyprus and Turkey, the long tour of Mediterranean gravel
    rallies that kicked off at the beginning of April will end over the
    sun-baked tracks of central Greece. Peugeot goes to the eighth round of the
    season with every intention of defending its lead in the Manufacturers'
    championship.

    Marcus Gronhölm/Timo Rautiainen: "This hasn't been my most successful rally.
    There's no particular explanation for that. It's basically down to luck.
    It's an event I like, and I think it has improved with the years. I would
    naturally love to win the Acropolis Rally, twenty or so years after Juha
    Kankkunen picked up Peugeot's last success there. The competition is likely
    to be very fierce. My aim is above all to score points for the team."

    Markko Martin/Michael Park: "The stages are hard-wearing and it can get very
    hot. You have to cover many stages on the different loops with no
    opportunity to change tyres, so good tyre management is crucial. So far,
    I've never done things by halves in Greece. It's either been very good or
    very bad. This year, I will mainly be looking to pick up points for the
    team."


    Skoda

    The Skoda Motorsport World Rally Team will enter three cars for the eighth
    round of the World Rally Championship, the Acropolis Rally (June 23-26)
    where Jani Paasonen/Jani Vainikka will drive the Fabia WRC 05 alongside
    nominated crews Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha and Janne Tuohino/Mikko Markkula.
    Jani joins the team for the second three-car entry of the year at the
    beginning of a busy period of development that will see entries on at least
    two national status events and two more three-car entries (in Germany and
    Finland) over the next two months.

    Armin Schwarz/Klaus Wicha: "I look forward all year to the Acropolis Rally.
    It is traditionally fast and rough and it is one of my favourite events. You
    need a strong and reliable car to cope with the abrasive surface that is
    very hard on tyres and suspension."

    Janne Tuohino/Mikko Markkula: "This is a hard event but it is faster than
    the last two rallies. It is very easy to damage the car so you have to be
    clever with your driving. I won the Junior category in 2002 and was seventh
    here last year."

    Jani Paasonen/Jani Vainikka: "This will be the first time that I have competed
    in Greece but I have driven the recce twice before so I have a good idea
    about the stages. We also had a good test in Greece so I am feeling quite
    confident and I hope to be able to get a solid result for the team."


    Mitsubishi:

    The Acropolis Rally (June 23-26) marks the last in a trilogy of eastern
    Mediterranean events for the FIA World Rally Championship contenders, and
    the Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC team heads to one of the oldest
    rallies confident in the ability of the Lancer WRC05 after promising
    performances in Cyprus and Turkey. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen
    once again lead the assault, while "Gigi" Galli and Guido D'Amore - who
    briefly led the Rally of Turkey - have been rewarded for their efforts by
    being registered in the second Lancer WRC05.

    Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen: "Greece is an event I really like", said
    Harri. "It's not such a difficult rally and has been quite fast in the last
    few years. It's no longer such a rally of survival, like it has been; now it's
    not so rough and you have to go flat out from the start".

    Gigi Galli/Guido D'Amore: "For sure it is not an advantage to have such
    little experience, but Turkey was the same and hopefully we can make
    something good again. I think we should be careful to start with, understand
    the conditions and then decide on our strategy".

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    Event Timetable

    LEG 1 : Athens - Lamia
    337 km
    7 Special Stages (128.06 km)
    Thursday 23 June2005 : 17.45 - 19.00
    SSS1 Athens Olympic Stadium (2.4 km) : 18.00
    Friday 24 June 2005 : 09.00 - 23.00

    LEG 2 : Lamia - Lamia
    Saturday 25 June 2005 : 08.30 - 24.00
    422 km
    8 Special Stages (122.72 km)

    LEG 3 : Lamia - Lamia
    Sunday 26 June2005 : 07.00 - 14.25
    306 km
    4 Special Stages (98.79 km)

    Total distance 1065 km - 19 Special Stages (349.57 km)

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    Event Statistics

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    - First organised in 1952 as the Elpa Rally, the Greek event became known as
    the Acropolis Rally the following year and has been a round of the World
    Championship since the creation of the latter in 1973. It was renamed the
    Acropolis Rally of Greece last year.

    - The time difference between Greece (GMT +2) and Continental Europe (GMT
    +1) is one hour (to be subtracted from the times listed below to obtain
    Continental European time).

    - For the third successive year, the rally is based in Lamia (215 km
    north-west of Athens). The National Trade Fair Centre hosts the start,
    finish and single service park.

    - The total length of this year's event is 1,065.57 km, including 349.57 km
    divided into 19 stages (12 different).

    - Recce is scheduled for Tuesday June 21st and Wednesday June 22nd (07:00
    until 19:00). Recce of the Athens super-special is on Monday June 20th
    (between 08:00 and 17:00) or Thursday June 23rd (between 13:00 and 17:00)
    and recce of the shakedown is on Tuesday June 21st (17:00 until 21:00).
    Seven of the twelve stages were run in 2004, one of which (Grammeni) is a
    mix of new sections or portions between Agios Stefanos and Stirfaka run in
    the opposite direction, while four stages (including the super-special) are
    new.

    - Located near Nea Magnesia, 6.3 km north-east of the service park, the 3.95
    km shakedown stage (Thursday June 23rd, 07:00 until 10:00) is identical to
    that of 2004.

    -The super-special (Thursday June 2"rd, 18:00) takes place in the stadium
    which hosted the 2004 Olympic Games. It marks the event's return to Athens
    which hasn't been visited since the 2003 start ceremony.

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    Yep Marcus lost the lead because his tyres melt on last stage, wish he had Michelins!

    Pirellis just can't match Michelins superior tyres....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pate
    Yep Marcus lost the lead because his tyres melt on last stage, wish he had Michelins!

    Pirellis just can't match Michelins superior tyres....
    Tell that to the F1 teams
    Murray : And there are flames coming from the back of Prost's car as he enters the swimming pool!
    James Hunt: Well that should put them out then!


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    Quote Originally Posted by gti138
    Tell that to the F1 teams
    I will and they already know it.

    There is 19 GP races this year. If Michelin in superior in 18 of them I would say they are overwhelmingly superior to bridgestones tyres. So far they have had 8/9 races where Michelins are won this year and 9/9 races where they have got pole positions...

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    And back to Acropolis.

    ALL 3 SUBARUS WERE UNDERWEIGHT. WHAT KIND OF PENALTY THEY GOT -> ONLY 60,000euros OF FINE, UNBELIEVABLE!

    If Peugeot's would have been find underweight they would be disqualified at once.

    RULES ARE NOT SAME FOR ALL, FIA OFFICIALS SHOULD BE FORCED TO RESIGN! Fia is completely joke: first Indianapolis and now Acropolis.
    Sad, very sad.

    Peugeot's Marcus Grönholm said:
    "they (subarus) were cheating, they cannot match Citroens speed so they made cars lightweight. It's sad. If we (Peugeot) would have had underweight cars at scrutineering we would have been disqualified. Remember 2003, Richard Burns' Peugeot 206 was disqualified because 20g too light flywheel. Last year at Cyprus all Peugeots were disqualified because plastic material in waterpump, this didn't give us any performance advantage.
    OK, Peugeot is going race next rally with 100kg underweight 307 WRC.
    Where can I pay to FIA?"

    STUPID STUPID FIA!

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    Illegal & underweight mitsubishi of Gianluigi Galli scored some points for himself and for the team.

    Illegal & underweight subaru of Petter Solberg scored some points for the team.
    All the other illegal / underweight subarus went out...


    Way to go FIA!


    Marcus had trouble at the saturday afternoon and dropped to 4th.
    According to Rally-Live.com "The problem was eventually traced to an inexpensive yet essential jubilee clip in the transmission, but the damage had already been done."

    Bad luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pate
    And back to Acropolis.
    ALL 3 SUBARUS WERE UNDERWEIGHT. WHAT KIND OF PENALTY THEY GOT -> ONLY 60,000euros OF FINE, UNBELIEVABLE!
    I have heard on the grapevine that after the first weigh-in the Subarus were weighed again on a different set of scales and found to be just within the weight limit. So there was a doubt as to the accuracy of the scales so the team was given the benefit of the doubt (unlike Ms Corby!!).
    Usually there is no leeway on underweight cars, it is disqualification.

    Contrary to what has been said above - the FIA Rally rules are very precise and the penalties are fixed - there is no leeway for favouritism. I have been a scrutineer at Rally Oz a few times and I was surprised at how specific the rules and penalties were. I felt sorry for a back-of-the-field local driver once a few years ago. On a special stage sealed road he had put on some grippy rear tyres which we noticed protruded outside the mudguards a little - so we recorded this. The next morning he was on the dreaded list - disqualified from the event. There was no option - the penalty was listed in the rules and was not negotiable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fordman
    I have heard on the grapevine that after the first weigh-in the Subarus were weighed again on a different set of scales and found to be just within the weight limit. So there was a doubt as to the accuracy of the scales so the team was given the benefit of the doubt (unlike Ms Corby!!).
    Usually there is no leeway on underweight cars, it is disqualification.

    Contrary to what has been said above - the FIA Rally rules are very precise and the penalties are fixed - there is no leeway for favouritism. I have been a scrutineer at Rally Oz a few times and I was surprised at how specific the rules and penalties were. I felt sorry for a back-of-the-field local driver once a few years ago. On a special stage sealed road he had put on some grippy rear tyres which we noticed protruded outside the mudguards a little - so we recorded this. The next morning he was on the dreaded list - disqualified from the event. There was no option - the penalty was listed in the rules and was not negotiable.
    Yep, but ALL subarus + 1 mitsubishi were underweight. Very strange scale.
    Plus if they were 'innocent' why did they get the 60,000eur penalty?
    On my opinion innocents don't have to pay any fines...

    I am absolutely sure that if the case would have been with Peugeots the all cars would have been disqualified.

    This was the first time in WRC history that team can get away with illegal car with no time penalty or disqualification.

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    At the end of the day, Loeb has won the rally with Sainz in third behind Gardemeister in a Ford.

    This gives Loeb a record 5 wins in a row and equals his record of 6 wins in a season. He now leads Solberg by 23 points in the Drivers Championship.

    Citroen also now leads the Manufacturers by 5 points over Peugeot. Sainz is doing a good job!

    Cheers.

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