|Greece 24 Hours TICKER: Toyota crew "Uff, this is a really tough race".|
At 22:30 local time (21:27 CET) the most of the "Speeding" competitors (100+ numbers) and "Amateur" starters (200+ numbers) started in the second stage of the 24 hours of Greece, which is a 393 kilometer night-round course in the mountains around the historic city of Distomo. But some late competitors are still arriving from the first stage...
T2-expert Erno Lieshout and navigator Inge Mourik from Holland were between the late finishers of SS01 with their Toyota Land Cruiser 200. "Uff, this is really a tough race this year" navigator Inge told in the Camp - and she knows what she´s talking about, competing not the first time here in Greece.
Today the crew really had a bad day. "The stage was very slippy, rain, mud and water everywhere. Then the fog and darkness came... In the mountains their Toyota skidded up a hill, was only hold by some trees. "We can´t move anymore, the car swayed dangerously. Then a local farmer with his tractor came. He coulnd´t pull us back on the road, but he rotated the car in a secure position, Erno drove slowly down the hill and came back on a small road. This was really an adventure" the Dutch girl told.
Actually they are thinking about to start in the second stage. "It will be more wet and slippy and the fog is very dense" the organization warned her... "Ok, maybe we will make a break and will restart in the third stage" (which will be in the daylight again) she remarked...
The Camp inside the City
Never seen before: Instead of a parking lot or a greenfield the rallycamp is based in the middle of the city of Distomo - and we really mean "in the middle." Restaurants and coffee-bars are offering their roofs for competitors, tents were built up on the street and main square, shops are offering plugs and power. The race control is based in the mayor´s office - and the locals are participating from the rally: The clubs, restaurants and bars are crowded with a mix of local partypeople, rallyparticipants, mechanics and press...
The last SSV/T3 of the Israel Team still in the race
After the Bulgarian SSV/T3 Polaris of Canko Cankov and Zornitsa Todorova had to retire because of a blown engine, the Can Am of the Israelian crew Sharon Yuval and Ofir Nimrod is still in the race and actually (22:09 CET) in the camp. "We had a problem with the ignitor of the fuel pump," the team reported. "But with the help of the organization we could find a sparepart here in Greece. A dealer brought the sparepart directly from Athens into the race, we could change it and so we can restart." In Distomo, the team is directly based next to a Nightclub...enyojing music and good coffee...
2013/11/30 | 21:47 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS