ERC NEWSLETTER 2016-04 | 2 May 2016

ATHANASSOULAS TARGETS HISTORIC HOME VICTORY WITH ŠKODA

Lambros Athanassoulas will be aiming to be the first Greek to win the Acropolis Rally since Aris Vovos in 1995 when he lines up for the start in Lamia later this week. Athanassoulas will be driving a ŠKODA Fabia R5 run by the renowned Motorsport Italia team: reigning Production champions on the World Rally Championship with Italian driver Max Rendina. If Athanassoulas succeeds in his Acropolis mission, it will be especially satisfying as he carries the colours of the Lascaris Foundation, which aims to put Greek athletes on the map. “Even though there’s a financial crisis, there are organisations that support the efforts of Greek athletes to distinguish themselves internationally. I thank them very much for giving us the opportunity to fight under the best possible conditions. After last year’s Acropolis Rally and our participation in January on Rallye Monte-Carlo, we are more familiar with the Fabia and we hope for a good result.” Last year, Athanassoulas was third on the Acropolis. Now he aims for the next step up.

BOSTANCI: ERC3 CAMPAIGN THE START OF SOMETHING BIGGER

Turkish driver Murat Bostanci says his foray into the FIA European Rally Championship this year is part of a bigger plan to fight for the overall title in the coming years. http://www.fiaerc.com/bostanci-erc3-campaign-the-start-of-something-bigger/

ERC’S JEAN-PIERRE NICOLAS GIVES THUMBS UP TO STUNNING ACROPOLIS ROUTE

FIA European Rally Championship Sporting Manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas has given his seal of approval to the stunning SEAJETS Acropolis Rally stages, following a full recce of the route. http://www.fiaerc.com/ercs-jean-pierre-nicolas-gives-thumbs-up-to-stunning-acropolis-route/ 

ERC JUNIOR GRADUATE SIRMACIS SET FOR HIS R5 DEBUT IN GREECE

Exciting Latvian youngster Ralfs Sirmacis is poised to make his step up to the top class of the FIA European Rally Championship on the SEATJETS Acropolis Rally (6-8 May). http://www.fiaerc.com/erc-junior-graduate-set-for-his-r5-debut-in-greece/

ERC CHAMPIONS GET OLYMPIC RECOGNITION FOR FAIR PLAY

A week before the FIA European Rally Championship heads to the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the reigning champions have been recognised with a special award for fair play. http://www.fiaerc.com/erc-champions-get-olympic-recognition-for-fair-play/

ERC ALUMNI CONTINUE DEVELOPMENT OF HYUNDAI CHALLENGER

The Hyundai that could soon compete for FIA European Rally Championship honours has undergone further testing with former ERC crew Kevin Abbring and Seb Marshall. http://www.fiaerc.com/remembering-when-breen-took-erc-acropolis-win-in-new-car/

UPCOMING ERC EVENTS

SEAJETS Acropolis Rally, 6-8 May 2016:
http://media.fiaerc.com/rallies/seajets-acropolis-rally-6-8-may-greece/

MORE INFORMATION

Press enquiries: Anthony Peacock, media@fiaerc.com 
TV: Antonios Argyropoulos, antonios@discovery.com 
Drivers/teams: Jean-Baptiste_Ley@discovery.com

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