EKO Acropolis Rally Greece Preview WRC2

September 7, 2023Joe Moore

The 2023 World Rally Championship season continues this weekend with round 10, EKO Acropolis Rally Greece. 

Driver’s Championship Rundown

Andreas Mikkelsen leads the WRC2 Drivers’ Championship heading into EKO Acropolis Rally Greece. Yohan Rossel who sits second in the championship, will not be at the event this weekend. Rossel hasn’t scored championship points since Rally Italia Sardegna. He did contest Secto Rally Finland but didn’t score points. Instead, he raced the event to gain some much-needed experience at the gravel Grand Prix. Rossel sits 5 points behind Mikkelsen. After winning his home event in Finland, Sami Pajari moved into third in the championship. Now sitting just 6 points behind Rossel. Pajari passed Oliver Solberg in Finland. Although Solberg was the class winner in Finland. Solberg wasn’t scoring points, however. Solberg dropped to fourth in the championship because of this, now sitting 7 points behind Pajari. Gus Greensmith and Emil Lindholm sit tied for fifth. With both drivers sitting just 2 points behind Solberg heading into this weekend. Lindholm will not be at the event this weekend. Meaning Greensmith only has to score 1 point to move into sole possession of fifth. 

What To Expect This Weekend 

It’s likely that the top five drivers will battle it out to try and move into a higher position this weekend. Solberg and Pajari will battle for second place this weekend. Whilst Mikkelsen will try to expand his championship lead. Adrien Fourmaux who sits 9th in points will likely move into 6th after this weekend. As Kajetanowicz and Lindholm aren’t at the event, and Gryazin isn’t scoring points. Meaning he shouldn’t have much of an issue getting the 10 points needed to move into sole possession of 6th place. Marco Bulicia sits tied for 10th heading into this weekend. Bulicia is tied with Teemu Suninen for the position. Bulicia will likely pass Suninen to take sole possession of the position. 

No Points For Gryazin

Nikolay Gryazin will not be scoring Drivers’ Championship points at EKO Acropolis Rally Greece this weekend. He will be scoring team points for the Toksport WRT 2 team. Gryazin currently sits tied for 7th in the championship with Kajetan Kajetanowicz. Gryazin has been consistently on the WRC2 podium this season. Finishing second in Monte-Carlo after a penalty took his rally win away. He also finished second in Croatia and third in Finland.