The 50th TIF Rally kicks off on Saturday
The Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) Rally, the oldest rally in the country after the Acropolis Rally, will be held this weekend, starting on Saturday.
The organisers, the Thessaloniki Automobile Club (AOTH), are working hard to prepare the 50th anniversary TIF Rally that will consist of six stages, two on Saturday, 16 September and four on Sunday, 17 September. These are spread in such a way so as to have no gaps, with enviable diversity so as to satisfy even the most demanding athlete, and with the correct dose of romance to honour the history of the race. On the first day, the athletes must pass a technical inspection at the South Gate of TIF, start at the same point and race along the Livadi-Petrokerasa route (19.70 km) and the classic Cholomontas route (23.20 km) until they reach the parc ferme at the central square of Polygyros. The second day will begin with the demanding Palaiochora route (21.02 km), followed by two Tsoukalades routes (10.88 km each), an intermediate pit stop and the Livadi power stage (7.31 km) which will lead the stressed crews and drivers to their starting point on the previous day: the South Gate of TIF, where the finish line will be.
A total of 24 crews will be called to cover 242.83 km, of which 63.35 km are on the mountains of Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki.
“It is a historic rally. We have faced a number of problems but finally the rally will be held normally. The most difficult part was to apply the new sports law in the motor sport” said the president of AOTH Stavros Maratos.