Acropolis Rally issues weather warning to WRC crews


A weather condition caution was released by the occasion’s clerk of the course, Anita Passalis, on Sunday night following news that heavy rain is anticipated to fall in the Lamia and Loutraki areas where the rally will occur.

It is expected that the seriousness of the rain and the possibility of thunderstorms might trigger disturbance to the reece performed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The rally is because of start on Thursday with a shakedown in host city Lamia, 210 km northwest of the opening phase in Athens city centre on Thursday night. The rally returns to the Lamia and Loutraki areas for the staying 14 rough gravel phases.

” According to the weather report, there will be heavy rains and perhaps storms passing over the rally location next week,” checked out a publication from Passalis.

” The organiser is continuously keeping an eye on phase conditions and preparing contingency strategies in case the reconnaissance is not possible as arranged.

” All rivals are needed to protect their camping tents and other building and constructions in the service park and to keep their service bays manned at all times need to the serious weather struck the location.”

The weather condition caution shows up following a duration of skyrocketing temperature levels that have actually added to wildfires.

The threat of additional fires breaking out around Lamia and Loutraki interrupted pre-event screening for the factory Toyota and Hyundai groups, who were both required to desert and reschedule prepared running.

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Kalle Rovanpera, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota GR Yaris Rally1

Photo by: Toyota Racing

Despite disruptions that required Toyota to move test places, Kalle Rovanpera, Elfyn Evans and Sebastien Ogier all finished a day behind the wheel, although the group’s 4th chauffeur Takamoto Katsuta was not able to perform a test.

Hyundai was required to delay 3 test days however effectively discovered a safe area for Thierry Neuville, Esapekka Lappi and Dani Sordo to drive. The Korean marque finished its test schedule last Wednesday.

M-Sport Ford, which will run Rally1 entries for Ott Tanak, Pierre-Louis Loubet and privateer Jourdan Serderidis, was untouched by the wildfire threats, having actually chosen to perform its screening on roadways even more north.

Rovanpera leads the standings by 25 points over Evans after the latter’s success last time out in Finland, where ruling world champ Rovanpera crashed out.

The Finn won just his 2nd WRC rally on the Acropolis in 2021, while honours were taken by Neuville in 2015 as Hyundai locked out the podium.

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