Date of birth : 06/02/1992
Who is he? Tsouloftas only began rallying in 2015 and has mainly competed on home soil in national events including the Cyprus Speed Rally Championship.
Flying to fourth: He made his European championship debut on the 2017 Acropolis Rally with the vastly experienced Denis Giraudet co-driving. Despite using his appearance primarily to test out his ‘new’ Citroën DS3 R5 for the subsequent Cyprus Rally – his home round of the ERC – Tsouloftas finished and impressive fourth overall.
Overwhelmed: That result left Tsouloftas “overwhelmed”. He added at the time: “It’s much more than what I expected. This is the first full year that I am driving, it’s the first time with this car, the first time on the Acropolis, the first time with this co-driver, I only came here to learn the car because we haven’t done a lot of testing and absolutely the placing was unexpected so I am really, really happy.”
Unlikely hero: “I wasn’t into motorsports whatsoever,” he says. “I only started rallying [two years ago] and I had no idea what this was before then. But I’m really happy with my progress, it looks like a promising future.”
Home pain then gain: Tsouloftas was in a strong second place after nine stages of the 2017 Cyprus Rally when he suffered a double puncture on the 23.43-kilometre Cytanet Avdelero on the final morning, losing more than 10 minutes and any hopes of a podium finish. “There was a big rock in the road and we got two punctures,” he explained afterwards. “It was a sharp stone in the line, I couldn’t avoid it, it could have cost us our lives.” Tsouloftas was handed the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy for his efforts in ninth overall and was also the top local on the Love Cyprus Golden Stage to pick up a cheque for 7,000 euros.