Fans questioning the use of asphalt stages on the legendary Acropolis Rally of Greece will be pleasantly surprised by what's in store, organisers of the FIA European Rally Championship encounter have said.
Day one of the Greek event on March 29 will use tarmac stages only with day two made up by the event's more traditional gravel stages with the exception of the all-asphalt superspecial in Korinthos.
The change of format is the result of the rally's earlier-than-usual March date making some of the mountainous gravel stages unsuitable should there be heavy rain or snow.
“We are more than certain that the three tarmac stages in the north eastern part of Peloponnese will satisfy even the most sceptical follower of our event and will give to all competitors the opportunity to drive in some exciting landscapes of our country and on stages with a big variety of corners, difficulties and surfaces,” an Acropolis Rally statement read.
Mixed-surface events are nothing new for Greek rounds of the ERC: the ELPA Rally used routes consisting of asphalt or gravel or a combination of the two in the past, while the Acropolis has also used tarmac tests, such as the Athens Olympic Stadium superspecial in 2005 and 2006.