Length: 30,53 km | Surface: slippery gravel | Temperature: 32ο C
Alexey Lukyanuk overcame his Superspecial Stage troubles earlier on the 2018 EKO Acropolis Rally with an impressive performance at the rally’s longest stage, Thiva.
The ERC leader was 44,5’’ faster than Eyvind Brynildsen at took the lead at the general classification, 33,5’’ ahead of the Norwegian driver. Third, both on the stage and overall, is young Finn Juuso Nordgren after his first full racing day in the ERC. Meanwhile, Tibor Erdi Junior went faster in the ERC2 category and grasped the overall lead from Sergei Remennik.
Thiva’s 30,53 km took their toll on two drivers: Lukasz Habaj went off the road at the 18th km and was forced to retire, while the Greek crew of Vasilis Drymoussis and Panayiotis Drymoussis had the same fate due to technical issues. Also, after a slight off, Paulo Nobre damaged the front end of his Fabia R5 and lost more than two minutes.
No1: LUKYANUK Alexey - ARNAUTOV Alexey
“It’s a big surprise. I did some mistakes. The road was really clean for us, better than for guys in front of us.”
Νο2: MAGALHAES Bruno - MAGALHAES Hugo
“Oh my god, completely crazy, absolutely no grip. I almost crashed two or three times on the beginning, so I stayed more calm later.”
Νο3: HERCZIG Norbert - FERENCZ Ramon
“I liked this stage, it was too much slippery sometimes. Feeling was good, only too much sliding.”
Νο4: GRZYB Grzegorz - WROBEL Jakub
“Stage was too difficult, we completely didnt have grip. I dont know, if the problem is with setup. But we are here, tomorrow is completely different day.”
Νο5: HABAJ Lukasz - DYMURSKI Daniel
Comment: Went off road, crew OK.
Νο6: BRYNILDSEN Eyvind - ENGAN Veronica
“It was pretty good, but we have spun in one corner. It was pretty good speed, no drama, I am happy.”
Νο7: TSOULOFTAS Alexandros - CHRYSOSTOMOU Antonis
“We have problem with shifting, especially when shifting down, we had problems. We were driving for 20 kms with this problem.”
Νο8: VON THURN UND TAXIS Albert - CHRISTIAN Frank
“Amazing stage. Really incredible. We did one mistake. I didn’t expect it should be so slippery, but it was good fun.”
Νο9: PTASZEK Hubert - SZCZEPANIAK Maciej
“The grip is too terrible. No grip. It was good stage for us, we were trying to do clean line.”
Νο11: MONTEIRO Aloisio - COUCEIRO Andre
“It was ok for us, we have seen one car next to the road.”
Νο12: AVCIOGLOU Orhan - KORKMAZ Burcin
“Lots of sliding, lots of road cleaning. I stalled in one hairpin. But it is ok, today is over. Tomorrow it will be more rough.”
Νο14: NOBRE Paulo - MORALES Gabriel
“We went off the road, return was like cross country.” Comment: Front of the car is damaged
Νο15: SERDERIDIS Jourdan - MICLOTTE Frederic
“Maximum cleaning. It is like Ogier, full cleaning. Not a bad run for us, but we were cleaning a lot.”
Νο16: GALATARIOTIS Simos - IOANNOU Antonios
“It was hot, it was dusty. We were driving in the dust of previous cars, but it was ok for us.”
Νο18: ALONSO Juan-Carlos - MONASTEROLO Juan Pablo
“It is not too rough as I have expected, but very very slippery. I enjoyed the stage.”
Νο19: ERDI Tibor Junior - GYORGY Papp
“Everything is ok. It was very very slippery on this stage. We didn’t make any mistake.”
Νο21: MELEGARI Zelindo - CECCHI Andrea-Marco
“I am very tired. It is long special stage for me. I like long special stages, but this was not easy.”
Νο22: PANTELI Petros - "Q8"
“It was very good, but we had problems with brakes.”
Νο24: FALCON Emma - GONZALEZ Eduardo
“It is too hot and difficult. But I am happy here, rally is too long.”
Νο25: MURADIAN Artur - CHELEBAEV Pavel
“We needed a lot of confidence. In the middle of stage started to heat, so we were forced to slow. But it was amazing stage.”
Νο26: KARELLIS Chrysostomos - PANAYIOTOUNIS Elias
“It was very difficult stage. I cannot drive, it was very rough and very soft, I had problems to stay on the road.”
Νο27: GHOSH Amittrajit - NAIK Ashwin
“I was fighting with the handling. I am here in Greece for the first time, so I don’t know how to prepare the car. I have lost a lot of time.”
Νο28: PROTASOV Yurii - CHEREPIN Pavlo
"We made a small mistake, we are very happy. This was the first real earthly Special Route for us after three years."
Νο29: NORDGREN Juuso - SUOMINEN Tapio
“We went wide in one junction, so we need to reverse.”
Νο33: "EL NAK Jr" - VIGOS Andreas
"We drove very carefully. We are still stressed. Tomorrow is another day."