''Acropolis will be like the Dakar''
Finnish rally driver Aki Teiskonen heads to Greece for the second event in his 2006 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship (PCWRC) campaign at this weekend's Acropolis Rally.
Driving a brand new 2006-specification Subaru Impreza
STi backed by Japanese suspension specialists Tein, the 25-year old IT engineer from Jyvaskyla is tackling the Greek classic for the first time and is aware that reliability will be a key factor.
"I think this is a survival rally, like Cyprus, so we will take extra spare parts in the car," he said. "It will be like the Dakar but it means we should be able to make most repairs between stages."
It will be vital for Teiskonen (who is co-driven by his brother Miika) to reach the finish in a good position this weekend. On his first event of the season, April's Rally Argentina, Teiskonen was chasing a top five finish before a steering arm broke on the Syms Racing Team Subaru and brought a heartbreaking retirement.
"This year's rally has a completely new route as it is based in Athens and not further north.
I am quite happy about this because it means it will be new for everyone and so my lack of experience of the rally won't be so important," added the 25-year old IT engineer from Jyvaskyla. "Not only do I not know this rally but I haven't had much experience of rough gravel events like Greece and Cyprus. The roads in Finland are much smoother!"
The Acropolis Rally begins on Thursday June 1 with a superspecial in the Athens Olympic Stadium that proved hugely popular last year. The rest of the route is completely different from last year.
Friday takes the cars north west towards Thiva while Saturday heads west in the direction of Corinth. Sunday's leg features re-runs (in the reverse direction) of stages already used before the event finishes with another visit to the stadium superspecial.
Press release CAPSIS International