Event information
Acropolis Rally of Greece (June 12-14), round 7 of 12

Surface: gravel

Host town: Loutraki

Practical information: Rally HQ and the Media Centre are based at the Club Hotel Casino, Loutraki. The service area is 900 metres from Loutraki on the road from Athens to Corinth. There is a one-hour time-difference between Greece (GMT+3) and Continental Europe (GMT+2). When it is 10am in Greece, it is 9am in France. Sunrise on Day 1 of the rally (Friday June 12) is 6.02am. Sun set is at 8.48pm. The local currency is the Euro.

Technical matters: The two Citroën C4 WRCs will be powered by the same engines which will go on to contest the Polish and Finnish rounds. One spare gearbox, one spare set of differentials and one spare turbo are permitted per driver for Italy and Greece. Steering racks and subframes were sealed before the start of the Rally d’Italia.

Tyres: each crew will have 36 Pirelli Scorpion tyres for the event, plus six for shakedown. Competitors may carry two spare wheels, but the ’re-cutting’ of tread patterns is not authorised.

Recce: Tuesday June 9 and Wednesday June 10 (8.00am until 8.00pm). Two passes per stage.

Shakedown: Thursday June 11 (8.00am to 12 noon). The 3.10km test stage is situated 6km east of the service area.

Press conference: Thursday June 11 (1.30pm), Media Centre.

Route length: 1,263.20km, including 347.12km divided into 17 stages (9 different).

Day 1 (Friday June 12): 566.61km, including 140.40km divided into 6 stages (5 different). Starts at 08.30. SS1 (Harvati, 25.00km), SS2 (Thiva 1, 23.76km) and SS3 (Evangelistria, 21.03km). Regroup (13.16, 18 minutes). Remote service (13.34, 15 minutes). SS4 (Bauxites, 23.17km), SS5 (Drossohori, 23.68km) and SS6 (Thiva 2, 23.76km). Service A (19.13, 45 minutes). Last car due into parc ferme at 23.15.

Day 2 (Saturday June 13): 469.02km, including 135.36km divided into 6 stages (3 different). Service B (08.30, 15 minutes). SS7 (Klenia Mycenae 1, 17.25km), SS8 (Ghymno 1, 26.28km) and SS9 (Kefalari 1, 24.15km). Regroup (13.15, 18 minutes). Service C (13.33, 30 minutes). SS10 (Klenia Mycenae 2, 17.25km), SS11 (Ghymno 2, 26.28km) and SS12 (Kefalari 2, 24.15km). Service D (18.33, 45 minutes). Last car due into parc ferme at 22.30.

Day 3 (Sunday June 14): 171.59km, including 95.26km divided into 5 stages (3 different). Service E (09.00, 15 minutes). SS13 (Loutraki 1, 8.98km), SS14 (Aghii Theodori 1, 33.00km) and SS15 (New Pissia, 11.30km).

Regroup (11.33, 30 minutes). Service F (12.03, 30 minutes). SS16 (Loutraki 2, 8.98km) and SS17 (Aghii Theodori 2, 33.00km). Rally finishes at 14.10.

Podium: Sunday June 14 (from 14.30).

Post-rally press conference: Sunday June 14 (15.30), Media Centre. New: Thiva is the only stage which is identical to last year. Aghii Theodori, Bauxites, Drossohori and Loutraki feature sections run in recent years. Harvati, Evangelistria, Klenia Mycenae, Ghymno, Kefalari and New Pissia are all new stages.

The crews’ WRC statistics before this rally:
Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena: WRC debut: Catalunya 1999 (Saxo Kit-Car, retired). WRC starts: 118. First WRC win: Germany 2002 (Xsara WRC). WRC wins: 52. WRC titles: 5 (2004 to 2008).

Dani Sordo: WRC debut: Catalunya 2003 (18th). WRC starts: 64. Junior title: 2005 (C2 S1600).

Marc Marti: WRC debut: Catalunya 1992 (21st). WRC starts: 130. Junior title: 2005 (C2 S1600).

The crews’ Rally of Greece records before this year’s rally:
Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena: ninth participation: 2001 (Saxo S1600, 19th o/a and 1st JWRC), 2002 (Xsara WRC, 7th), 2003 (Xsara WRC, retired), 2004 (Xsara WRC, 2nd), 2005 (Xsara WRC, 1st), 2006 (Xsara WRC, 2nd), 2007 (C4 WRC, 2nd) and 2008 (C4 WRC, 1st).

Dani Sordo: fifth participation: 2005 (C2 S1600, retired), 2006 (Xsara WRC, 6th), 2007 (C4 WRC, 24th) and 2008 (C4 WRC, 5th).

Marc Marti: ninth participation: 1997 (Seat Ibiza, 15th), 1998 (Seat Ibiza, 16th), 2003 (Xsara WRC, 2nd), 2004 (Xsara WRC, 19th), 2005 (Xsara WRC, 3rd), 2006 (Xsara WRC, 6th), 2007 (C4 WRC, 24th) and 2008 (C4 WRC, 5th).

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