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Smart driving grants Ghosh the lead in ERC3, Acropolis Rally

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Amittrajit Ghosh & Ashwin Naik move up to the top as the Indians adopt safety first approach in the gruelling greek rocky gravel roads. Both the crew debuting in ERC at Acropolis Rally, in the ERC3 class are now leading it. As reported by Eurosport media, he is the excerpts of it below.

“The whole plan for the event was not to take any risks but drive at a decent pace, so we were surprised to see that we were only 2 seconds off the fastest [in SS3],” said Ghosh.

“For the first 7-8 km [in SS4] we took it almost at recce speed as I knew if you go hot there, you’re not going to finish that stage. When I saw our competitor [Chrysostomos Karellis] unfortunately parked, I knew the call was right.”

Though he lost 17 seconds to previous leader Artur Muradian in SS4, he then moved to the front when a wheel bolt failure ended Muradian’s day in the following stage.

“In the next stage at the first corner he was parked,” said Ghosh “I immediately backed off because it doesn’t make any sense to push, and this car can’t take it. If you drive anything more than 70%, I don’t think any car is going to finish.”

Another 4 stages will decide the winner today, where Ghosh & Naik are enjoying a comfortable lead over 2 minutes overnight.

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Post Author: Ashok R

Chief Editor at RalliHeart Media. Motorsport aficionado, Rally nut! Reporting from gravel strewn, slushy, snowy, icy, asphalted roads..