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ERC Newsletter #41/15

09 October 2015

ERC Acropolis Rally start to be broadcast live on-line – the biggest news website in Greece – will transmit the start ceremony of the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally live on Saturday (10 October). The transmission will be to full TV standard, with journalists Zougla and Vasilis Sarimpalidis doing the live commentary. To watch this live, all you need to do is go to and click on the main SEAJETS Acropolis Rally section. The live connection will start 30 minutes before the official start from the Holy Rock of Acropolis in Athens. The first car is due over the start ramp at 15h00 (local time) tomorrow. This broadcast will enable the ERC to reach not only the motorsport fan community but also a larger base through this extensive on-line coverage in the home event of SEAJETS Acropolis Rally and its local heroes. Pan-regional broadcasters, such as Eurosport, Velocity and Turbo in L.A., Eurosport Asia and Fox Sports Asia, will show the rally as an extension of the total of 67 broadcasters reaching 160 countries around the world.

Breen: long opening Acropolis stage is a big challenge

Craig Breen says the monster 43.41-kilometre SEAJETS Kineta-Loutraki test, which is the opening stage of tomorrow’s SEAJETS Acropolis Rally, will be a “new challenge to everybody.” The Peugeot Rally Academy driver has arrived in Greece second in the FIA European Rally Championship, but having given the 208 T16 its debut win on the event last year, the Irishman has his sights firmly set on closing the gap and taking the title fight down to the final round in Switzerland. “That opening stage will be tough,” says Breen. “It means you will have no time to settle in, because if you can’t get a good rhythm quickly in this stage, you could end up losing so much time. But I like it, it’s different and it presents a new challenge to everybody.”

Kajto could become European champion on his 100th rally

This weekend could see Kajetan Kajetanowicz become FIA European Rally Champion on his 100th rally start! The LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 driver could secure the title on the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally, if he scores 16 points or more. “We face an epic rally and we have a responsible task,” says the Polish star. “It seems that with the advantage we worked out in previous rallies there is only one short step we need to take in order to reach the coveted goal. However, the only short thing is the time we have for work and preparation before this exhausting battle. The faith of the Polish fans and their support sometimes help me to forget about fatigue and to focus on my target. We need maximum levels of concentration and motivation in our team, so that I could push the pedal to the metal when the light goes green on the first special stage and further ones of the epic Acropolis Rally.”

Thunderstorms forecast for Sunday stages

This weekend’s SEAJETS Acropolis Rally stages are in fantastic condition, but an added challenge for the ERC crews could be the threat of thunderstorms on Sunday morning. Overnight rain during the recce has already made some sections of the stages very slippery under tree cover, whilst it is dry and dusty on the open hills. The 18.66km Kefalari stage, which runs as SS5 and the final SS9, is typical of the changing conditions crews might face, with both fast and open sections, and slippery and narrow parts. The latest weather forecast for the Loutraiki area says that it will be mostly cloudy with a high of 24°C for tomorrow’s leg one. There is a 90% chance of thunderstorms on Sunday morning, with a humid and warm 29°C in the afternoon. “The stages became more difficult after rain,” says Jaromír Tarabus (ŠKODA Fabia S2000). “They are slippery and muddy in places, and there are many rocks in other places. I’m sure it’s going to be interesting!”

ERC Radio coming live from Greece this weekend

Come rain or shine, ERC Radio will be broadcasting live from the end of every stage during this weekend’s SEAJETS Acropolis Rally. Reporters Chris Rawes and Julian Porter will be on air tomorrow, beginning their Qualifying Stage broadcast at 09h45 (local time), and all day on Sunday. They will be supported by Mark Jones, based in the ERC Radio studio. If you’d like to get in touch with ERC Radio – with news, gossip and music requests – please send an e-mail to

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