The Historic Rally of Greece 2016 successfully finished when the cars arrived back at the center of the rally, the city of Nafplion that hosted the Finish and Prize Giving Ceremony. The third and final leg of the event was also held on asphalt, including 4 Special Stages with total length of 35.12 kilometers and was the smallest Leg of a big 3-day rally which was consisted of 254.9 racing kilometers and 19 SS in total.
“Pedro” – Emanuele Baldaccini (Lancia Deltla Intergrale 16V, 1990), who maintained the lead since the 1st Leg, were the big winners of the Historic Rally of Greece, taking the maximum points at Category 4. This was the 3rd win for “Pedro” while his co-driver Emanuele Baldaccini has won 5 times this rally in our country.
The Greek crew Panagiotis Paradissis – Konstantinos Pimenidis in their Ford Escort RS 2000 (1973) finished in 2nd place and completed in the best way a big and such difficult rally, by avoiding problems while keeping a stable pace that provided them with the win at Category 2. Spyros Petridis –Apostolis Pallas (Toyota Corolla AE86, 1984) managed to finish in 3rd place of the overall ranking, although they faced various problems during the rally. One place behind finished Georg Reitsperger – Vassilis Charitos, who even though encountered problems with the engine, the gearbox and the shock absorbers of their VW Golf GTI 16V (1990) managed to finish, setting fast times when they did not face any problem. The Top-6 of the overall rankings was completed by Giorgos Chorianopoulos – Panagiotis Fotinopoulos (Audi 80 GT, 1975) and Thanos Karydas – Theodora Paschalidou (Peugeot 504, 1972). In addition, the points of the 1st place in Category 3 and Category 1 were gained by Georgios Kassidopoulos – Vangelis Panaritis (Toyota Starlet KP60, 1979) and Holger Stracke – Maik Bottger (Watburg 312, 1966) respectively.
The day ended in the best way in Nafplion where the Finish and Prize Giving Ceremony took place in a very beautiful scenery with view to reference points of the city such as Palamidi Castle and Bourtzi.
The Regularity category of the Historic Rally of Greece successfully finished when the cars arrived back at Nafplion, the center of the rally that also hosted the Finish and Prize Giving Ceremony, after the 3rd and last day of the event which included 12 accuracy special stages with total length of 243.36 kilometers.
The competition among the crews was implacable, since the declinations from the ideal times at the special stages were close for the majority of the leaders. The combination of piloting and accuracy, the perfect co-operation between driver and co-driver and of course the experience for demanding organizations are the key elements for the best result.
Eventually, after the 45 accuracy Special Stages of the rally and 855.90 kilometers, the triumphant winners of the Historic Rally of Greece in Regularity category were Spyros and Nikos Moustakas in Alfa Romeo Alfasud (1978) with 38.5 penalty points. The crew from Greece impressed during the 3-day rally, since the co-driver is just 9,5 years old but capable of winning a European Regularity event. After continuous and tough battles for the 2nd and 3rd place, the Iast year’s winners from Italy, Paolo Marcattilj – Francesco Giammarino, (Porsche 911 2.0 SWB, 1967) finished 2nd with 41.4 penalty points. The Italian had fierce battle with the Greek crew Themistoklis Kontaratos – Ioulios Iatridis (Porsche 911 SC, 1973) who finished in 3rd position of the overall classification, with 42.1 penalty points and just 0.7 penalty points behind 2nd place. Ioannis Katsaounis – Mathew Mansolas driving a VW Golf (1979) finished in 4th place with 54.1 penalty points. The Top-6 was completed by Christian Crucifix – Joseph Lambert in an Alfa Romeo Spider (1975) with 62.4 penalty points and Petros Vassilopoulos – Stamatis Psyloglou in a Ford Capri GT (1973) with 65.9 penalty points. It should be noted that the crew from Belgium lost their hopes for a podium position, as they lost 12 seconds when they couldn’t overtake one bus at a narrow part of the route of Leg 2.
The day ended for the Regularity category in the best way in Nafplion where the Prize Giving Ceremony took place at Filellinon Square.