Tuesday | 07 Sep 2021

WRC3 big guns set for Acropolis battle

WRC3 title protagonists Yohan Rossel and Kajetan Kajetanowicz will go head-to-head at this week’s Acropolis Rally Greece (09 - 12 September).

Whilst the pair have not directly competed against each other since Rally Italia Sardegna in June, the fight for WRC3 glory is quickly heating up between Citroën C3 Rally2 star Rossel and popular Pole Kajetanowicz. 

Rossel is 45 points clear of his rival after chalking up three wins and two further podiums on the five rallies he has started so far. Kajetanowicz has only started four rallies in his Škoda Fabia Rally2 and has two wins, a second and an eighth to his tally.

Drivers may count their best five scores from seven events and, with four rounds still to run, it’s all to play for in Greece and beyond. 

"Each rally is important, especially towards the end of the season," mused Kajetanowicz. "We still need to push and score more points than our main rival. 

“I competed in the Acropolis Rally several times when we were fighting in the European Rally Championship. We won twice, so I know the taste of victory here, but this time it is a different story," he added. 

Kajetanowicz has previous Acropolis experience

Other drivers hoping to challenge for victory include Paraguayan youngster Fabrizio Zaldivar and British pilot Chris Ingram. Both will drive Toksport-prepared Škoda cars, with Ingram back in the team after campaigning a privately-entered Fabia on rallies earlier in the year. Flying Finn Emil Lindholm will also steer a similar car. 

"I cannot wait to be back with the entire Toksport team, it feels like home,” Ingram beamed. “We are ambitious and hungry to deliver more titles and top results, which we know we can do in a Toksport car and with their support.”

The rally’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship has also attracted interest from a gaggle of Greek drivers. 

Lambros Athanassoulas is expected to lead the local charge in a Hyundai i20 N Rally 2. He has previous experience of the stages and finished second in 2016 when the event formed a round of the European Rally Championship.  

  • Full coverage from the Acropolis Rally Greece will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.

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