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Road Safety gets TV spots March 5, 2008

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A new series of TV spots will be aired over the next few weeks in a bid to heighten road safety awareness, the Transport Ministry said yesterday.

Greek roads are among the most dangerous in the European Union, with some 1,500 people being killed in car crashes each year. Accidents have dropped by 13 percent since a tougher highway code was introduced last year but the Ministry said that it hopes the advertisements will help Greek drivers further change their attitudes.

Municipality of Maroussi to bar cars February 2, 2008

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Municipality of Maroussi to bar cars from its main shopping streets during peak hours

Pedestrians will be able to walk freely on the streets in the center of Maroussi from Monday, it was revealed yesterday. The Municipality has decided to block cars from entering the cobblestone roads in the center of the northern Athens suburb during shopping hours.

Barriers will prevent vehicles from driving into the pedestrianized area between from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. as well as from 5.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Insurance hike likely for drivers November 1, 2007

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Drivers are likely to be hit soon with an increase in car insurance premiums as Greece adopts an EU directive that ups indemnities payable to traffic accident victims.

According to the EU directive, total compensation payable for a car accident involving fatalities will have a maximum of 5 million euros or will be determined by the number of victims involved. In the latter case, 1 million euros will be awarded for each victim, up from the amount of 500,000 euros which currently applies in Greece.

Greece is likely to adopt the option for the total 5-million-euro sum, according to sources. «The two choices have advantages and disadvantages,» said Fokion Bravos, President of the Hellenic Association of Insurance Companies.

Other industry sources said compensation amounts are too high for the Greek market and that implementing either choice could result in a company going bankrupt. A draft bill on the issue is expected to be made public next week.

FIM Supermoto Grand Prix in Greece October 21, 2007

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The FIM SuperMoto World Championship is back for its final appearance of 2007, the Grand Prix of Greece, which will take place on the demanding track of Megara.

The fast Greek course, which played host to its last GP back in 2005, will mark the end of the quests for the S1 and S2 World Titles.

The events’ schedule are as follows >
Saturday, October 20th : Greek Championship S3, Junior, Ladies, Newcomers Free Practice at 8:00 am; Greek Championship S1, S2 Free Practice at 8:15 am; EC Open Free Practice 1 at 8:30 am; EC S3 Free Practice 1 at 9:00 am; EC Open Qualifying Practice at 9:35 am; EC S3 Free Practice 2 at 10:05 am; Greek Championship S3, Junior, Ladies, Newcomers Time Practice at 10:35 am; Greek Championship S1, S2 Time Practice at 11:00 am; S2 Free Practice 1 at 12:00 am; S1 Free Practice 1 at 12:45 am; EC Open Time Practice at 1:20 pm; S2 Free Practice 2 at 2:00 pm; S1 Free Practice 2 at 2:45 pm; EC S3 Time Practice at 3:20 pm; S2 Time Practice at 4:00 pm; S1 Time Practice at 5:00 pm; Greek Championship S1, S2 Race 1 at 5:50 pm; Greek Championship S3, Junior, Ladies, Newcomers Free Practice at 6:15 pm; Greek Championship S1, S2 Race 2 at 6:40 pm.

Sunday, October 21st : EC Open Warm Up at 8:15 am; EC S3 Warm Up at 8:40 am; S2 Warm Up at 9:05 am with Superpole immediately after; S1 Warm Up at 9:45 am with Superpole immediately after; EC Open Race 1 at 10:40 am; EC S3 Race 1 at 11:25 am; S2 Race 1 at 12:25 am; S1 Race 1 at 1:25 pm; EC Open Race 2 at 2:25 pm; S2 Race 2 at 3:25 pm; S1 Race 2 at 4:25 pm; EC S3 Race 2 at 5:25 pm.

About Megara City in Greece > Megara’s circuit played host to its last GP in 2005, and now it is back into the calendar with a newly modified sky section, which will be about 150 metre long. This permanent facility has a fast layout.

Megara is a very important town in Greece, as it was the birth place of the famous philosopher Euclid. Megara, having about 30.000 inhabitants, is located in  Attica, in the west of the country, and is 40 kilometres away from Athens.

Cypriot drivers win Cyprus Rally October 15, 2007

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Cypriot drivers Charalambos Timotheou and Pambos Laos in their Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX won the Cyprus Rally, round 6 of the 2007 FIA Middle East Championship (MERC), making Timotheou the first Cypriot driver to win the island’s leading international sports event since 1991.

Defending Middle East and P-WRC champion Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar and co-driver Chris Patterson secured second place in their Subaru Impreza, finishing the event 1 minute 18.7 seconds behind Timotheou.

Current Middle East Championship leader Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi of the UAE and co-driver Nicky Beech steered their Team Abu Dhabi-backed Subaru Impreza to fourth place overall, retaining their Championship lead, but by a reduced margin of 9 points over Al-Attiyah.

The 2007 Cyprus Rally was also an official round of the 2007 FIA Historic Rally Championship and nine Historic Cyprus Rally competitors began the Rally on Saturday morning.

Dimitris Vazakas and Maria Gemeni of Greece showed winning form from the start in their Ford Escort, winning every stage of the event bar the last, which went to Cypriots Christakis Michael and Georgios Lysandrou in their Mk1 Ford Escort who finished third overall. Second place in the event went to Cypriots Pantelis Poetis and Andreas Xydias in a Volkswagen Golf.

The 2007 Cyprus Rally and 2007 Historic Cyprus Rally are organised by the Cyprus Automobile Association (CAA).

It’s that time of year again > get ready for the Cyprus Rally 2007 October 11, 2007

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The annual highlight on the motorsport calendar, the 2007 Cyprus Rally, kicks off next weekend with a ceremonial start in the coastal town of Limassol.

The rally, that is part of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) will cover nine gravel stages on Saturday and Sunday before finishing in Limassol on Sunday afternoon.

Rally teams have entered from Qatar, the UAE, Jordan, Greece, the UK, Lebanon and Cyprus heading for four special stages on Saturday, beginning with the Xyliatos test and five on Sunday, culminating with the Panagia stage and the ceremonial finish.

In a total route of 878.72 km, there will be 239.66 km of special stages, mostly gravel and narrow dirt roads. The longest special stage will be the 32.42 km of the Anadiou stage, which will run twice on Sunday. The shortest is the fifth 11.87 km Kato Amaiantos special stage on Sunday morning.

This year’s Cyprus Rally will also include an official round of the 2007 FIA Historic Rally Championship.

The Historic Cyprus Rally will run first in the day, ahead of the Cyprus Rally, and competitors will tackle a total of five Special Stages (3 on Day 1 and 2 on Day 2), as opposed to the nine stages of the Cyprus Rally. Historic Rally entrants will also compete under older regulations, which allow for greater flexibility in servicing, for example.

Cyprus is hosting two rounds of the FIA Middle East Rally Championship in 2007. The Troodos Rally, round 3 of this year’s MERC, was held earlier this year and ended with a clear victory for Qatar’s Nasser Al Attiyah, the defending FIA Middle East and PWRC Champion, and co-driver Chris Patterson.

Greece’s Red Bull Donkey Cross Honda September 29, 2007

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For Red Bull Donkey Cross winner Thodoros Antoniadis, his Honda was “the vehicle that fits him best.” And no, we’re not talking about a motor bike. Reliable and all-terrain, robust and economical: Thodoros Antoniadis was extremely satisfied with his Honda at the Red Bull Donkey Cross.

thodoros_antoniadis.jpg  And rightly so: the donkey with the unusual name helped the Greek motocross pro to win the most unusual event that the Greek island Sifnos has ever experienced. In the contest, which wasn’t to be taken too seriously, but was technically extremely challenging, 16 contestants competed against each other, alternating between motocross machines and donkeys, in a race over steep, narrow passes, steps, over rough and smooth.

“I’ve been racing for 22 years, but I’ve never won,” Antoniadis said happily and joked “I guess I’ve found the vehicle that fits me best!” He and his 15 rivals had to complete three rounds on Greece’s most traditional mode of transport. No easy feat, if you’re used to accelerator throttles, disc brakes and combustion engines.

The race started on September 22 at 5 p.m. on the main square in Apollonia with a one kilometer-long course on the back of a donkey. During this, the battle for the lead was the least of the participants’ problems, just staying on the backs of their swaying and not the most cooperative mode of transport was a great enough challenge.

The distance that the riders had to cover on the donkey lasted a whole kilometer before they were able to change to a more familiar saddle: on motocross machines, a combination of a scramble, trial and enduro race had to be overcome. The highlight of the circuit: a stairway consisting of 80 steps, which had to be conquered uphill.

The riders sprinted to the finish line again on their donkey’s backs. Coming in second after Antoniadis in the final round was George Zahariou, although his donkey Jane twice didn’t find the prescribed route all that binding. Christos Alexiou came third on Pitsa. The folly also inspired the crowd: more than 3000 spectators made the journey especially for the race.

Source > Newspirits Extremsport Magazin