Today, Thursday Rally Grecce starts, better known as The Acropolis Rally. Rally are the second race of six in this year’s Junior World Championship Rally (WRC Academy).
On site is the Junior National team driver Pontus Tidemand along with co-driver Stig Rune Skjaermoen.
Rally Greece starts with an initial 25-kilometer stage on Thursday evening and then the eleven Junior World Championships competitors will run another 12 special stages on Friday and Saturday.
– It’s really tough roads down here in Greece. There are a lot of stones on the edges and you have to think twice so you do not get punctures or break the car, says Pontus who began reconnaissance of the contest on Monday.
After a third place in the opening round in Portugal,are Pontus the best rookie in this year’s series so far and this placement Pontus hopes to retain after the weekend.
– The first goal is to get to the finish and collect valuable points but of course it would be nice with a podium place again. Next race after Greece areFinland and there is more like home and not so much external circumstances that can cause problems, so that race you can drive for a win while the competition this weekend is mostly about survival, says Pontus
Facts Junior World Championship Rally (WRC Academy):
6 rounds (Portugal, Greece, Finland, Germany, France and Spain)
Five of the six events counts for the final result.
All run the same Ford Fiesta R2 (2WD) operated by Ford’s official World Rally team M-Sport.
Pontus Tidemand are 21 years old and has contracts with talent development company EVEN rally.
Codriver Stig-Rune Skjaermoen, 25 years old and living in Elverum, Norway. Have done over 100 races as codriver and been in the top of the Norwegian Rally Championship as a driver.
The press release from the WRC Academy / M-Sport: http://mim.io/858e92?fe=1&pact=9357726560
Here you can follow the competition: