Acropolis Rally

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Harri Rovanperä with a Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 at the 2005 event.

The Acropolis Rally of Greece (Greek: Ράλλυ Ακρόπολις) is a rally competition, part of the European Rally Championship schedule. The rally is held on very dusty, rough and rocky mountain roads around Athens during the Greek hot summer period. The rally is known for being extremely tough on the competing cars and drivers. The highlight of the rally is the super special stage (SSS). In 2005, it was announced the Rally of the Year.

The Acropolis Rally has been held for 51 years by the Greek motorsports organization Automobile and Touring Club of Greece (ELPA), making it one of the longest-standing in world rallying. Many famous rallying individuals have won this event including Walter Röhrl, Björn Waldegård, Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomqvist, Juha Kankkunen, Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae, among others. Due to the nature of the rally, with a mix of rough, twisty mountain stages and coupled with blistering heat and choking dust, the Acropolis Rally is one of the toughest on the world rally circuit. Cars that are used in this race have to be built with extra sturdiness in order to cope with the fast but rock-strewn stages. Drivers and co-drivers also have to contend with the pounding terrain and high summer temperatures which often reach 50°C within the cockpit.

In 2005 a new stage was introduced; a superspecial stage held within the Olympic Stadium of Athens. In 2006 there were 2 superspecials, again in the same stadium. The rally headquarters and the service park also moved from Lamia to the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. In the 2007 event, the superspecial (along with the rally headquarters and the service park) moved to the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre. In 2008 the super special stage was held twice at the Tatoi military airport.Since 2009 the rally headquarters and the service park were moved to the Greek city of Loutraki near the famous Corinth Canal.

Winners[edit]

Nasser Al-Attiyah driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STI at the 2006 event.
year Winner Make Championship
2014 Republic of Ireland Craig Breen Peugeot ERC
2013 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen WRC
2012 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën WRC
2011 France Sébastien Ogier Citroën [1] WRC
2010 Not held
2009 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Ford WRC
2008 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën WRC
2007 Finland Marcus Grönholm Ford WRC
2006 Finland Marcus Grönholm Ford WRC
2005 France Sébastien Loeb Citroën WRC
2004 Norway Petter Solberg Subaru WRC
2003 Estonia Markko Märtin Ford WRC
2002 United Kingdom Colin McRae Ford WRC
2001 United Kingdom Colin McRae Ford WRC
2000 United Kingdom Colin McRae Ford WRC
1999 United Kingdom Richard Burns Subaru WRC
1998 United Kingdom Colin McRae Subaru WRC
1997 Spain Carlos Sainz Ford WRC
1996 United Kingdom Colin McRae Subaru WRC
1995 Greece Aris Vovos Lancia
1994 Spain Carlos Sainz Subaru WRC
1993 Italy Miki Biasion Ford WRC
1992 France Didier Auriol Lancia WRC
1991 Finland Juha Kankkunen Lancia WRC
1990 Spain Carlos Sainz Toyota WRC
1989 Italy Miki Biasion Lancia WRC
1988 Italy Miki Biasion Lancia WRC
1987 Finland Markku Alén Lancia WRC
1986 Finland Juha Kankkunen Peugeot WRC
1985 Finland Timo Salonen Peugeot WRC
1984 Sweden Stig Blomqvist Audi WRC
1983 Germany Walter Röhrl Lancia WRC
1982 France Michèle Mouton Audi WRC
1981 Finland Ari Vatanen Ford WRC
1980 Finland Ari Vatanen Ford WRC
1979 Sweden Björn Waldegård Ford WRC
1978 Germany Walter Röhrl Fiat WRC
1977 Sweden Björn Waldegård Ford WRC
1976 Sweden Harry Källström Datsun WRC
1975 Germany Walter Röhrl Opel WRC
1974 Event cancelled due to the oil crisis.
1973 France Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine-Renault WRC
1972 Sweden Håkan Lindberg Fiat IMC
1971 Sweden Ove Andersson Alpine-Renault IMC
1970 France Jean-Luc Thérier Alpine-Renault IMC
1969 Finland Pauli Toivonen Porsche
1968 United Kingdom Roger Clark Ford
1967 United Kingdom Paddy Hopkirk Mini
1966 Sweden Bengt Söderström Lotus
1965 Sweden Carl-Magnus Skogh Volvo
1964 Sweden Tom Trana Volvo
1963 Germany Eugen Böhringer Mercedes-Benz
1962 Germany Eugen Böhringer Mercedes-Benz
1961 Sweden Erik Carlsson Saab
1960 Germany Walter Shock Mercedes-Benz
1959 Germany Wolfgang Levy Auto Union
1958 Italy Luigi Villoresi Lancia
1957 France Jean-Pierre Estager Ferrari
1956 Germany Walter Shock Mercedes-Benz
1955 Greece Johnny Pesmatzoglou Opel
1954 Greece Pétros Papadópoulos Opel
1953 Greece Nikos Papamichail Jaguar
1952 Greece Johnny Pesmatzoglou Chevrolet (as ELPA Rally)
1951 Greece Petros Peratikos Fiat

Number of victories per driver (WRC only)[edit]

Since 1973, the first WRC season (excluding the 1995 event).

5 victories 3 victories 2 victories 1 victory
Colin McRae ( United Kingdom) Miki Biasion ( Italy) Ari Vatanen ( Finland) Jean-Luc Thérier ( France)
Carlos Sainz ( Spain) Björn Waldegård ( Sweden) Harry Källström ( Sweden)
Walter Röhrl ( Germany) Juha Kankkunen ( Finland) Michèle Mouton ( France)
Sébastien Loeb ( France) Marcus Grönholm ( Finland) Stig Blomqvist ( Sweden)
Timo Salonen ( Finland)
Markku Alén ( Finland)
Didier Auriol ( France)
Richard Burns ( United Kingdom)
Markko Märtin ( Estonia)
Petter Solberg ( Norway)
Mikko Hirvonen ( Finland)
Sébastien Ogier ( France)
Jari-Matti Latvala ( Finland)


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