The 3rd round of the 2016 FIA ERC season has actually witnessed a 3rd various winner today at the Acropolis Rally in Greece. Latvian youngster Ralfs Sirmacis scored his maiden success on his initial ERC rally in an R5 car. Driving a Skoda Fabia R5 from Sports Racing Technologies that was backed by Skoda Baltic Motorsport, Sirmacis won the rally at a tender age of 21 years. He was the runner-up in the 2015 ERC Junior Championship.
Russian ERC veteran Alexey Lukyanuk was the closest rival to Sirmacis entering day two, yet puncture on his Ford Fiesta R5 caused your man to delay behind. Lukyanuk faced much more issues as soon as his automobile incurred a suspension problem along the Elatia/Karya test where he lost 17 minutes. This allowed Sirmacis to expand his lead prior to scooping success along with a 2m10.3s advantage over his rivals. He celebrated the success along with his co-driver Arturs Šimins that turned 26 today.
Later on, the Latvian was gifted the coveted Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy for the fantastic performance and went ahead to comment;
“It’s actually wonderful as soon as you’re on your debut and you succeed the rally. This rally is among the many challenging on the planet so I’m actually happy.”
Local Greek hero Lambros Athanassoulas was promoted to 2nd position as soon as Lukyanuk strike trouble. Athanassoulas yet located themselves behind a slower automobile on the last phase which caused your man a substantial time loss. The Skoda driver still managed to take 2nd position and was later offered spine 32s for unfair obstruction. 3rd position on the podium likewise went to a Skoda driver, Jaromír Tarabus that crossed the line half a min later after Athanassoulas.
Raul Jeets brought estate yet another Skoda Fabia R5 in fourth place, marking a pretty successful rally for Skoda. The Acropolis Rally has actually been famously regarded as the ‘automobile breaker’ and is widely recognized as among the hardest rallies in the world, for Skoda, this is an essential achievement.
ERC2 driver Wojciech Chuchała finished fifth general and initial in his category, beating rivals Jose Luis Jacquet Rios and Tibor Érdi Jr. that claimed 2nd and 3rd respectively on the ERC2 podium.
Jarosław Kołtun led a 3 Ford lineup from sixth position to eighth which comprises of Tomasz Kasperczyk and Kajetan Kajetanowicz. After his day troubles, Lukyanuk finished the rally in tenth position behind Jose Luis Jacquet Rios.
The next round on the FIA ERC calendar will certainly head over to Portugal for the Azores Rallye on June 2. as soon as it concerns scenic views, Azores Rallye offers a few of the finest.