Acropolis Rally

The Acropolis Rally of Greece (Greek: Ράλλυ Ακρόπολις) is a rally competition which used to be part of the European Rally Championship (ERC) schedule, and was formerly a round of the World Rally Championship (WRC). The rally is held on very dusty, rough and rocky mountain roads around Athens during the Greek hot summer period. The rally is known for being extremely tough on the competing cars and drivers.

Rally Acropolis
Ράλλυ Ακρόπολις
Rally Acropolis 2011-SS3.jpg
Genremotorsporting event
Date(s)May - June
Location(s)Athens and Lamia
CountryGreece Greece
Inaugurated1951 (1951)


The Acropolis Rally has been held since 1951 by the Greek Motorsports Organization Automobile and Touring Club of Greece (ELPA), making it one of the longest-standing competitions in world rallying. Many world renown drivers have won this event including Walter Röhrl, Björn Waldegård, Ari Vatanen, Stig Blomqvist, Juha Kankkunen, Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae, among others.

Due to the nature of the race, with a mix of rough, twisty mountain stages and coupled with blistering heat and choking dust, the Acropolis Rally is one of the toughest on the European and world rally circuits. The cars used in the race must be built with extra sturdiness in order to cope with the fast but rock-strewn stages. Drivers and co-drivers also have to contend with the pounding terrain and high summer temperatures which often reached 50 °C within the cockpit.

Super Special Stage (SSS)Edit

In 2005 a new stage was introduced; a superspecial stage held within the Athens Olympic Stadium. The Super Special Stage (SSS) was the highlight of the rally as well as the 2005 WRC schedule and in the same year, the Acropolis Rally was awarded the “Rally of the Year” title.

In 2006 there were 2 superspecials, again in the same stadium. The rally headquarters and the service park also moved from Lamia to the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. In the 2007 event, the superspecial (along with the rally headquarters and the service park) moved to the Markopoulo Olympic Equestrian Centre. In 2008 the super special stage was held twice at the Tatoi military airport. In 2009 the rally headquarters and the service park were moved to the Greek city of Loutraki near the Corinth Canal. For the 2016 ERC Season, the rally headquarters were moved back to the classic mountain stages above Lamia.


Harri Rovanperä with a Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 at the 2005 event.
Petter Solberg with a Subaru Impreza WRC05 at the 2005 event
Loeb with Citroën DS3 WRC at the 2011 event
Nasser Al-Attiyah driving a Subaru Impreza WRX STI at the 2006 event.
Year Driver
Car Championship
1951   Petros Peratikos Fiat
1952   Johnny Pesmatzoglou Chevrolet (as ELPA Rally)
1953   Nikos Papamichail Jaguar
1954   Pétros Papadópoulos Opel
1955   Johnny Pesmatzoglou Opel
1956   Walter Shock Mercedes-Benz
1957   Jean-Pierre Estager Ferrari
1958   Luigi Villoresi Lancia
1959   Wolfgang Levy Auto Union
1960   Walter Shock
  Rolf Moll
Mercedes-Benz 220 SE ERC
1961   Erik Carlsson
  Walter Karlsson
Saab 96 ERC
1962   Eugen Böhringer
  Peter Lang
Mercedes-Benz 220 SE ERC
1963   Eugen Böhringer
  Rolf Knoll
Mercedes-Benz 300 SE ERC
1964   Tom Trana
  Gunnar Thermanius
Volvo PV 544 ERC
1965   Carl-Magnus Skogh
  Lennart Berggren
Volvo Amazon 122S ERC
1966   Bengt Söderström
  Gunnar Palm
Ford Cortina Lotus ERC
1967   Paddy Hopkirk
  Ron Crellin
Mini Cooper S ERC
1968   Roger Clark
  Jim Porter
Ford Escort Twin Cam ERC
1969   Pauli Toivonen
  Martti Kolari
Porsche 911 S
1970   Jean-Luc Thérier
  Marcel Callewaert
Alpine-Renault A110 1600 IMC
1971   Ove Andersson
  Arne Hertz
Alpine-Renault A110 1600 IMC
1972   Håkan Lindberg
  Helmut Eisendle
Fiat 124 Sport Spider IMC
1973   Jean-Luc Thérier
  Christian Delferrier
Alpine-Renault A110 1800 WRC
1974 Event cancelled due to the oil crisis.
1975   Walter Röhrl
  Jochen Berger
Opel Ascona 1.9 SR WRC
1976   Harry Källström
  Claes-Göran Andersson
Datsun Violet 160J WRC
1977   Björn Waldegård
  Hans Thorszelius
Ford Escort RS 1800 WRC
1978   Walter Röhrl
  Christian Geistdörfer
Fiat 131 Abarth WRC
1979   Björn Waldegård
  Hans Thorszelius
Ford Escort RS 1800 WRC
1980   Ari Vatanen
  David Richards
Ford Escort RS 1800 WRC
1981   Ari Vatanen
  David Richards
Ford Escort RS 1800 WRC
1982   Michèle Mouton
  Fabrizia Pons
Audi Quattro WRC
1983   Walter Röhrl
  Christian Geistdörfer
Lancia 037 Rally WRC
1984   Stig Blomqvist
  Björn Cederberg
Audi Quattro A2 WRC
1985   Timo Salonen
  Seppo Harjanne
Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2 WRC
1986   Juha Kankkunen
  Juha Piironen
Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 E2 WRC
1987   Markku Alén
  Ilkka Kivimäki
Lancia Delta HF 4WD WRC
1988   Miki Biasion
  Tiziano Siviero
Lancia Delta HF Integrale WRC
1989   Miki Biasion
  Tiziano Siviero
Lancia Delta HF Integrale WRC
1990   Carlos Sainz
  Luis Moya
Toyota Celica GT-Four WRC
1991   Juha Kankkunen
  Juha Piironen
Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v WRC
1992   Didier Auriol
  Bernard Occelli
Lancia Delta HF Integrale WRC
1993   Miki Biasion
  Tiziano Siviero
Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC
1994   Carlos Sainz
  Luis Moya
Subaru Impreza 555 WRC
1995   Aris Vovos
  Kostas Stefanis
Lancia Delta HF Integrale
1996   Colin McRae
  Derek Ringer
Subaru Impreza 555 WRC
1997   Carlos Sainz
  Luis Moya
Ford Escort WRC WRC
1998   Colin McRae
  Nicky Grist
Subaru Impreza S4 WRC '98 WRC
1999   Richard Burns
  Robert Reid
Subaru Impreza S5 WRC '99 WRC
2000   Colin McRae
  Nicky Grist
Ford Focus RS WRC 00 WRC
2001   Colin McRae
  Nicky Grist
Ford Focus RS WRC 01 WRC
2002   Colin McRae
  Nicky Grist
Ford Focus RS WRC 01 WRC
2003   Markko Märtin
  Michael Park
Ford Focus RS WRC 03 WRC
2004   Petter Solberg
  Phil Mills
Subaru Impreza S10 WRC '04 WRC
2005   Sébastien Loeb
  Daniel Elena
Citroën Xsara WRC WRC
2006   Marcus Grönholm
  Timo Rautiainen
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 WRC
2007   Marcus Grönholm
  Timo Rautiainen
Ford Focus RS WRC 06 WRC
2008   Sébastien Loeb
  Daniel Elena
Citroën C4 WRC WRC
2009   Mikko Hirvonen
  Jarmo Lehtinen
Ford Focus RS WRC 09 WRC
2010 Not held
2011   Sébastien Ogier
  Julien Ingrassia
Citroën DS3 WRC[1] WRC
2012   Sébastien Loeb
  Daniel Elena
Citroën DS3 WRC WRC
2013   Jari-Matti Latvala
  Miikka Anttila
Volkswagen Polo R WRC WRC
2014   Craig Breen
  Scott Martin
Peugeot 208 T16 R5 ERC
2015   Kajetan Kajetanowicz
  Jarosław Baran
Ford Fiesta R5 ERC
2016   Ralfs Sirmacis
  Arturs Šimins
Škoda Fabia R5 ERC
2017   Kajetan Kajetanowicz
  Jarosław Baran
Ford Fiesta R5 ERC
2018   Bruno Magalhães
  Hugo Magalhães
Škoda Fabia R5 ERC
2019 Not held

Number of victories per driver (WRC only)Edit

Since 1973, the first WRC season (excluding the 1995 event).

5 victories 3 victories 2 victories 1 victory
Colin McRae (  United Kingdom) Miki Biasion (  Italy) Ari Vatanen (  Finland) Jean-Luc Thérier (  France)
Carlos Sainz (  Spain) Björn Waldegård (  Sweden) Harry Källström (  Sweden)
Walter Röhrl (  Germany) Juha Kankkunen (  Finland) Michèle Mouton (  France)
Sébastien Loeb (  France) Marcus Grönholm (  Finland) Stig Blomqvist (  Sweden)
Timo Salonen (  Finland)
Markku Alén (  Finland)
Didier Auriol (  France)
Richard Burns (  United Kingdom)
Markko Märtin (  Estonia)
Petter Solberg (  Norway)
Mikko Hirvonen (  Finland)
Sébastien Ogier (  France)
Jari-Matti Latvala (  Finland)


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