Brynildsen targets ERC Acropolis podium
Eyvind Brynildsen wants to be in the lead battle when the FIA European Rally Championship resumes on the EKO Acropolis Rally from 1-3 June.
Speaking following his impressive run to ninth place on Rally Islas Canarias – his first outing since October 2016 and his first appearance on Tarmac in five years – Brynildsen has high hopes when the ERC heads to Greece next month.
“On the gravel I will be really disappointed if we can’t match [Alexey] Lukyanuk and [Nikolai] Gryazin,” said Norwegian Brynildsen. “On Rally Islas Canarias I was prepared mentally not to be at [their pace] but I was hoping all the time. But in Acropolis I should be on the same level even with the lack of driving and training.”
Brynildsen has two previous Acropolis Rally starts to his name from 2008 and 2011, albeit when the event was based in different locations and used different stages to June’s upcoming ERC counter.
“I was close to being second in PWRC [in 2008] but I blew the engine before the ramp when I was fighting with [Toshi] Arai, [Juho] Hänninen and [Andreas] Aigner. It’s a really tough rally but we will prepare as good as we can, build the car like a tank, try to survive and hope we can be on the podium there and win.”