Mon 05 Sep 2022

Greece countdown: Route + Maps

Rally fans are in for a real treat as the FIA World Rally Championship visits some iconic stages at this week’s EKO Acropolis Rally Greece (8 - 11 September).

  • Full coverage from EKO 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.

The ‘Rally of Gods’ returned to the WRC calendar in 2021 following an eight-year sabbatical and, while many roads are smoother than the boulder fields they used to be, there’s no doubt this 10th round will be one of the season’s toughest. 

Stages such as Elatia, Bauxites and Tarzan were regarded as daunting challenges back in the seventies and they all feature on the itinerary for this week’s fixture. 

While the rally’s hub and service park is based in Lamia, the action gets underway in Greek capital Athens on Thursday evening when, for the first time since 2006, the Olympic Stadium hosts a super special stage. 

Upwards of 60,000 spectators will be in attendance to witness the 1.95km quick-fire opener, where cars will run two-at-a-time.

After overnighting in Corinth, competitors will be braced for a gruelling opening leg. It’s an early start - the first car leaves parc fermé at 0553hrs - and there is no service until later that evening after 108.31km of flat-out action. 

Crews head west to the Peloponnese peninsula, where double runs of Loutraki (17.95km) sandwich the 14.42km Harvati test. A single passage of Dafni (13.99km) leads cars into a tyre fitting zone at Aliartos before Livadia (21.03km) and Bauxites (22.97km) are tackled on the way back to Lamia. 

Saturday is the longest and toughest leg with 147.98 competitive kilometres west of the city. Pyrgos - the longest test of the rally at 33.20km - opens proceedings and is followed by Perivoli (17.42km) and the legendary Tarzan (23.37km).

EKO Acropolis Rally Greece - Route preview

After a 30-minute service at lunchtime, the loop is repeated once more before the engines are switched off in Lamia. 

Sunday’s finale takes place north of the rally base. Eleftherochori (16.90km) runs twice and sandwiches a single run of Elatia-Rengini (11.26km). 

The second pass of Eleftherochori forms the closing Wolf Power Stage, with bonus points on offer in both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ series before it’s back to Lamia for the mid-afternoon podium ceremony.

The 16 tests cover 303.30km in a total route of 1191.56km.

Latvia
Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Italy
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Hungary
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM