acro2018 Brynildsen previewEyvind Brynildsen (ERC1, Ford Fiesta R5):

On the gravel I will be really disappointed if we can’t match [Alexey] Lukyanuk. On Rally Islas Canarias I was prepared mentally not to be at [his pace] but I was hoping all the time. But in Acropolis I should be on the same level even with the lack of driving and training. I was close to being second in PWRC [on the Acropolis in 2008] on but I blew the engine before the ramp when I was fighting with [Toshi] Arai, [Juho] Hänninen and [Andreas] Aigner. It’s a really tough rally but we will prepare as good as we can, build the car like a tank, try to survive and hope we can be on the podium there and win.

Amittrajit Ghosh (ERC3, Ford Fiesta R2):

It is a proud moment to be competing in the ERC. Our aim will be to gather valuable miles and experience through this year in preparation for an all-­out assault in the next. I want to thank RRPM for getting us here and our new sponsor, Pana Education, for coming on board at this important juncture of our career.


Norbert Herczig (ERC1, ŠKODA Fabia R5):

I’ve never been to this rally before but it’s the same with all rallies, they are all new to me because I am the new boy in the championship. I have no real info about the event, just some onboard videos but my team, Baumschlager Rallye & Racing tell me that many things have changed from last year.

Alexey Lukyanuk (ERC1, Ford Fiesta R5):

It’s one of the toughest rallies of the year for the cars and the crews. I did it two years ago with a different co-­driver [to Alexey Arnautov] but we finished early with broken suspension due to the wrong pacenotes in one place. More than half of the rally will be new for me and it will be interesting to start with a long stage on Friday evening. It will be really tricky to get the proper starting position and there is always the possibility of being behind a slow crew or one with some issues. That means you can lose a lot of time straight away. But it’s the competition and we’ll play it. It should be an exciting weekend.

Bruno Magalhães (ERC1, ŠKODA Fabia R5):

This rally for sure is a tough one. It’s different from last year, some stages are in the opposite direction and there is one that’s completely new. This rally is very famous because everybody knows it’s a difficult rally with very rough stages. You need to be fast but, at the same time, you need to try to avoid the problems. It’s very hot, more or less 30 degrees, so you need to manage the car, the conditions, the tyres, the driver, so everything is difficult in this rally. It’s very challenging and everybody knows the Acropolis is one of the most famous rallies in the world.

Aloísio Monteiro (ERC1, ŠKODA Fabia R5):

In the Azores we showed a good evolution throughout the event. But the competition in the European championship is very strong, so we have to make a competent rally and be aware of our limitations on the level of knowledge of the route. I think we can get out of Greece with a good result if we can manage the mechanics along the hard special stages. Me and André Couceiro [co-­driver] will have to make an extra effort during the recce and rally to be able to successfully complete this challenge.

Juuso Nordgren (ERC1, ŠKODA Fabia R5):

First of all, it is all about to get more experience and to learn. I know this ERC event is really demanding and tough. Being aware there will be quick and experienced drivers, I will first of all focus on finishing the rally, an iconic rally. I am regularly following the ERC. It is a highly competitive championship, a good platform for young drivers. The promoter does a good job, which means for all drivers a very good option to get more into the public awareness. The mixture of experienced drivers and young talents makes the ERC even more interesting.

Sergei Remennik (ERC2, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X):

This rally is very difficult, one of the hardest rallies in terms of surface, with sharp stones and ruts. Finishing here and saving the car on the road is not an easy task. Production class cars work well at the races with half the distance of the European round, but it’s much more difficult to drive the rally completely without breakdowns in a N4 category car. We go to the Acropolis Rally as the leaders in our class, but there are more participants and this is only an intermediate result. But we do not feel any mental load and of course [leading] is pleasant.

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