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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-18

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  • [01] Acropolis Rally night stage

  • [01] Acropolis Rally night stage

    Drivers braced on Saturday for a tough end to the second day of the Acropolis Rally as they prepared to tackle the Nea Politia night stage.

    The 17.71-kilometre test gets underway at 21:33hrs local time and will take place under the cover of darkness.

    Although most competitors in action in Greece have experience of driving at night, they fear dust clouds will restrict their vision, which is accentuated by running at night when there is also less wind.

    The Acropolis Rally 2011 kicked off on Thursday, with a total of 42 crews participating in what is said to be the toughest race of the World Racing Championship (WRC).

    The Acropolis Rally, dubbed the "Rally of the Gods", is the seventh round of the 13-round 2011 World Rally Championship, and this year features 18 Special Stages (SS) and a Power Stage, which will be shown live on television.

    According to the WRC, the Acropolis Rally is one of the most iconic events in the sport, and winning it earns significant kudos.

    The ceremonial start took place beneath the historic Acropolis site at on Thursday evening, while Friday's stages were based around Kamena Vourla. The highlight of Saturday's events was the Klenia-Mycenae special stage (SS). A total of 8 Greek crews are participating in the Rally Acropolis, which winds up on Sunday in Loutraki, near Corinth.

    Caption: Armindo Araujo of Portugal and his co-pilot Miguel Ramalho with their Mini John Cooper Works compete during the 2011 Acropolis rally in the Klenia-Mycenae special stage. (ANA-MPA/EPA/V. Psomas)

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