Serres Rally 2015: race plan
Sunday august 23 it's the start of the Serres Rally in Northern Greece. 7 days of intense riding start with a short Prologue of 16 kilometers. The prologue is to determine the starting order for the first special stage on Monday. Day 5 is a Marathonstage. Competitors sleep in their tents, and have to do their own service, near the village of Paranesti.
Around a 100 bikes and quads will compete in the 2015 edition, which has a challenging route with a lot of new parts compared to the previous editions. On the list familiar names like last year's winner Andrea Cosentino, Dakar 2015 debutants and finishers LLewellyn Pavey, Ondrej Klymciw and Jasper Riezebos. Robert van Pelt (3rd last year) and Frans Verhoeven (2nd in 2013) will also join the battle for victory. The Bas Dakar Team from The Netherlands is present with 11 riders, and bring a lot of Dakarexperience to Serres.
Rallymaniacs will be present during the Serres Rally and provide updates and pictures as usual.
Route 2015 (Provisional Schedule)
Day 1 : Total 24km - SSS1 Prologue 16km
Day 2 : Total 284km - SS2 Golden Mountain 106km – SS3 Vertiskos 105km
Day 3 : Total: 266km - SS4 Round of Lailias and Menikio 244km
Day 4 : Total: 86km - SS5 Bosdakas Navigation Skill 26km – Semi Rest day
Day 5 : Total: 288km - SS6 Marathon Drama – Kara Dere – Paranesti 288km
Day 6 : Total: 254kms - SS7 Paranesti 87kms – Liaison gravel to Kalifytos 82km, asfalt to Serres 85km
Day 7 : Total: 92kms - SS8 Enduro Tour 92km