Locally trained driver finishes sixth in Acropolis Rally of Greece
June 13, 2012
A car sponsored by DirtFish Rally driving school in Snoqualmie finished sixth in its class at the Acropolis Rally of Greece on May 30.
Chris Duplessis, driver of the car, trained at DirtFish for two weeks before the grueling race.
DirtFish helped him prepare for one of the oldest and most challenging rallies in the world, he said in a press release.
Duplessis, 25, of Bethlehem, N.H., was the only American competing in the FIA World Rally Championship event out of 55 entries.
“It’s awesome,” he said of DirtFish, which offers classes for pros, amateurs, individual enthusiasts and corporate groups. “I didn’t have my Fiesta there, but I drove other cars there and it helped me get ready for Greece.
“The Acropolis Rally was only the third WRC rally I’ve been in, and it was definitely the most challenging rally I’ve ever driven,” he said. “As I get better and compete with the world’s top drivers, it definitely gets harder.”
Duplessis’ goal was simply to finish, but he achieved that and more.
He set the third-fastest time among the Academy drivers for the event, and he was also honored with the “Spirit of the FIA WRC Academy” award in the post-event ceremonies.