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Simos Galatariotis

Date of birth : 09/10/1975

Who is he? A multiple Cypriot champion embarking on a selected European championship campaign in 2018.

Is he any good? Second overall on last season’s Cyprus Rally in a Group N-specification Mitsubishi Lancer underlined his pace – and mechanical sympathy. But as he wasn’t registered for ERC points the history books won’t truly reflect that fine achievement.

But he’s signed up for 2018, right? Yep, he holds ERC priority status so can chase European championship points and take advantage of a number of other benefits, including a more preferential road position.

Has it been worth it? Definitely, he was a strong fifth in Greece, no mean achievement when you consider he’d only contested a handful of events in his ŠKODA Fabia R5.

And it got better on home soil… Galatariotis became the first Cypriot winner of the Cyprus Rally since Nicos Thomas in 2008 when he came through a final-stage decider to claim a memorable and emotionally-charged victory.

Did you know? His participation on Rally di Roma Capitale marked his first all-asphalt rally.

Azores Airlines Rallye: DNE
Rally Islas Canarias: DNE
EKO Acropolis Rally: 5
Cyprus Rally: 1
Rally di Roma Capitale: 14
Barum Czech Rally Zlín: DNE
Rally Poland: DNE
Rally Liepāja: DNE