Date: 8/9/2022
Day: 1
Flash N°: 1
Special stage: Shakedown
Distance: 3.62 km
Weather: Sunny
Road conditions: Dry gravel


“I don't know if we will win. Here in the Shakedown the grip was lower than I expected.”

#8 Ott TÄNAK / Martin JÄRVEOJA

“There are a lot of rocks and the grip is changing a lot. Especially tomorrow it will be demanding.”

#11 Thierry NEUVILLE / Martijn WYDAEGHE

“It's a tough weekend ahead of us. We know what to expect from last year, but it's a difficult challenge. Especially the first long day.”

#33 Elfyn EVANS Scott MARTIN 

“It is quite a different challenge to the other events. The stage was quite slippery. The grip was low and it was also difficult with the sun.”

#18 Takamoto KATSUTA / Aaron JOHNSTON

“Quite tough. We have to stay focused and avoid the rocks. We will see.”

#42 Craig BREEN / Paul NAGLE 

“Looking forward to the Rally. I have good memories from here. We had a good pre-event test and we will see how it goes.”

#4 Esapekka LAPPI / Janne FERM

“Friday is the toughest day of the Rally. It's a kind of survival. The rest is not easy, but is smoother. Here it’s slippery.”

#19 Sébastien LOEB / Isabelle GALMICHE

“It's a very different Rally now. We work hard in the Recce. It's a nice Rally and we need to find the rhythm. I am happy to be here.”

#6 Dani SORDO / Candido CARRERA

“It’s OK. I had a little bit of understeer. But I am happy with the set-up of the car.”


“Beautiful country and beautiful roads. The car felt really nice to drive. I am looking forward to the Rally.”

#7 Pierre-Louis LOUBET / Vincent LANDAIS 

“We will try to benefit from our road position. We have no pressure and we will try to enjoy the Rally.”

#9 Jourdan SERDERIDIS / Frederic MICLOTTE 

“Everything is OK. The car is great and I hope for a similar result as in Kenya.”

#20 Andreas MIKKELSEN / Torstein ERIKSEN 

“It will be a very difficult Rally, as always. The stages are in nice condition and we will have a great weekend.”

#21 Yohan ROSSEL / Valentin SARREAUD 

“I think it will be a very hard weekend for the cars. I will try to do my best in these conditions and avoid mistakes and punctures. The car is really good. We will see.”

#22 Teemu SUNINEN / Mikko MARKKULA

“The plan for us is to survive. The conditions are quite rough. And the winner is the one who can stay away from the problems.”


Ott Tanak set the fastest time in today’s Shakedown of the Rally. Second fastest was Thierry Neuville, and Craig Breen was 3rd. Sebastien Loeb made only two runs due to a technical problem. Now the crews are heading to Athens for the EKO Super Special Stage at Olympic Stadium! 

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