Mykonos, Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, is about to accommodate friends of the classic car, that will participate in the international Mykonos Olympic Classic Rally, co-organized by the Municipality of Mykonos, the Greek Federation of Motorsport Association (OMAE) and outloudeventservices (sports events management company) on 21-23 October.
Mykonos Olympic Classic Rally will count as the seventh round of the FIA Trophy for Historic Regularity Rallies and as the third round of the corresponding Greek Championship. Mykonos Olympic Classic Rally, which will be an excellent opportunity for Greece and, in particular, an internationally renowned destination as Mykonos to emerge again from within the automotive world, will be three-day long, with its first and second leg comprising of six regularity test sections, while, during the conclusive day, crews will count themselves into four more sections. Among them, four sections will be held after sunset, two on Friday and two on Saturday.
Regarding the route, with a total length of about 300 km, it is designed in order to highlight the island, with passages from well known sites such as the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani in Ano Mera, Panormos, Ornos, Ftelia, Armenistis with its legendary lighthouse, and Kalo Livadi, where in addition will be the HQ of the event, hosted in Penelope Village hotel. The ceremonial start of Mykonos Olympic Classic Rally will be held on Friday, October 21 at 13:30 in front of the Mykonos Town Hall and the participants will take the finishing ramp on Sunday, October 23 at 10:30 at the same place.
The first international version of Mykonos Olympic Classic Rally was proved very successful. The beauty of Mykonos, the difficult and technical stages of the cosmopolitan islands, as well as the results created an interesting cocktail for both spectators and competitors. The last leg of the event almost brought more upheaval, as leader Christian Crucifix-Joseph Lambert faced an engine problem in their Ford Anglia, but managed to finish the event, winning both Mykonos Olympic Classic Rally and the FIA European title for Regularity Rallies, in the penultimate round of the series.
The winners of Historic Rally of Greece 2016, Spyridon and Nikolaos Moustakas in Alfa Romeo Alfasud finished in second place. They were placed among contenders for the victory even before the start, but a mistake in the late stages of the event, cost them some time. After that, they were very precise and climbed up to second place of the overall classification. In order to make this happen, they had to overcome “Stratissino”-Matthew Mansolas in a Porsche 911. The former Greek Rally Champion, who had a very experienced co driver in Regularity Rallies by his side, initially led the event but a series of minor mistakes, cost them time and led them to third place of the overall classification.
Lambros and Pavlos Athanassoulas finished in fourth place, behind the wheel of a VW Golf GTI. The Loutraki-based driver debuted in Regularity Rallies and was partnered by his brother Pavlos, in an event they combined pleasure and result. The top-5 was completed by Dimitris Rizos-Leda Kotsonopoulos, who benefited from local knowledge as they come from the island of Mykonos and claimed a very good result.
Mykonos Olympic Classic Rally, which was an organizational cooperation between Municipality of Mykonos, Hellenic Motorsport Federation (OMAE) and OutLoud event services, was finished in the best possible way. The stages of the island were a challenge for competitors, while local authorities and the inhabitants of Mykonos showed their support to the event, as well as their willingness that Mykonos Olympic Classic Rally becomes an annual event of the island.