Rally Greece Offroad takes its place in the FIA European Bajas Cup calendar
2022 FIA European Cup for Cross-Country Bajas – Round Two – Rally Greece Offroad
Rally Greece Off-Road joins an official FIA championship for the first time this weekend and will host the second round of the 2022 FIA European Cross-Country Bajas Cup.
The event is organized by the Attica Motorsport Club, in collaboration with the Greek Automobile Club West Attica and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. It is based in the western Macedonian town of Argos Orestiko in the north of the country.
Poland’s Michal Maluszyński won the first Spanish round of the five-event series and holds a 10-point lead over Spaniard Felix Deiguez. The Mini John Cooper Works Rally driver joins forces with Lukasz Kurzeja and leads a 24-car FIA team with competitors from nine nations.
He faces 10 rivals in the FIA T1 class, with a tough challenge expected from Portuguese Edgar Condenso in his Ford PRK Sport Rally Team prototype and Pedro da Silva entered in a second PRK car. Other rivals include Hungarian Pal Lonyai (Porsche) and Greek driver Evangelos Bersis (Toyota).
The Italian R Team duo of Andrea Schiumarini and Alessandro Bellini will contest the FIA T2 section for show production vehicles in their Mitsubishi Pajeros.
Santiago Navarro is currently leading the FIA T3 championship following his home class win. Six Can-Am crews will battle for the honours, with FN Speed entering cars for third-placed Jordi Vidiella and Navarro, while South Racing is fielding a pair of Mavericks for Italian Eugenio Amos and Hungarian Lorinc Meszaros. The Spaniard Ricardo Ramilo and the Portuguese Filipe Nascimiento complete the training of T3.
Poland’s Tomas Bialkowski has an eight-point lead in the FIA T4 class and is sixth in the overall driver standings. The Polaris driver leads a field of five T4 cars and faces competition from closest Italian T4 rival Amerigo Ventura (Yamaha), Spaniard Miguel Angel Valero, Hungarian Balazo Molnar and Lithuanian Egidijus Valeisa in a Can- Am SRT.
The Greek event first took place in 2013 from the southern town of Kalavryta, then moved to Florina in western Macedonia in 2014, where it remained for four more years.
The race moved to Kastoria in 2018 and 2019, then to its current location in the town of Argos Orestiko in 2021 when action resumed after the Covid-19 shutdown. The 2021 FIA Candidate Event was also a round of the Italian Off-Road Series and was won by Sergio Galletti and Guilia Maroni in a Toyota Hilux Overdrive.
Competitors will tackle a 5.95km qualifying stage on Thursday May 26, then repeat two demanding selective sections of 108.28km and 110.28km on Friday and Saturday. On a course of 661.53 km, 442.69 km will be timed.
9th Rally Greece Off-Road – best entries:
201. Michal Malusznynski (POL) / Lukasz Kurzeja (POL) Mini JCW Rally
202. Edgar Lima Condenso (PRT)/Chambel Soraia (PRT) Ford EXR05 Proto
203. Gal Shacham (ISR)/Nimrod Ophir (ISR) Toyota Hilux
204. Pedro da Silva (PRT)/Viktor Jesus (PRT) Volkswagen Amarok
205. Andrea Alfano (ITA) / Carmen Marseille (ITA) Nissan Pathfinder Proto
206. Evangelos Bersis (GRE) / Panagiotos Kalfas (GRE) Toyota Hilux
207. Pal Lonyai (HUN) / Nikolett Szoke (HUN) Porsche Macan
208. Alexandre Franco (PRT)/Rui Franco (PRT) Mercedes V23 OTD
209. Henrique Silva (PRT)/Henrique Damasio (PRT) Mercedes Proto 350
210. Petr Hozak (CZE) / Rene Kilian (CZE) Hummer HS RS
2022 FIA Cross-Country Bajas European Cup – positions after round 1/ Drivers:
|1. Michal Maluszyński (POL)||37pts|
|2. Felix Dieguez (ESP)||27pts|
|3. Pedro da Silva (PRT)||23pts|
|4.Santiago Navarro (ESP)||20pts|
|5. João Ferreira (PRT)||18pts|
|6. Tomasz Bialkowski (POL)||17 points, etc|
|1. Santiago Navarre (ESP)||40pts|
|Bernd Hoffman (ESP)||28pts|
|3. Jordi Vidiella (ESP)||24 points, etc|
|1. Tomasz Bialkowski (POL)||39pts|
|2. Amerigo Ventura (ITA)||31pts|
|3. Miguel Martinez (ESP)||27pts|
|4. Miguel Angel Valero (ESP)||21 points, etc|
|Wednesday May 25|
|Press conference before the event||5:30 p.m.|
#Rally #Greece #Offroad #takes #place #FIA #European #Bajas #Cup #calendar