Acropolis : SS 18 - Super SpecialMarcus Gronholm
clinched his third victory of the season in Greece, winning the Acropolis Rally. The Ford driver also competed side by side against Sebastien Loeb
in the Super Special, finishing ahead of the French driver to take the final
It was not easy, it's such a hard rally, said the race winner. It's my first win here, it's a good day.Sebastien Loeb
lost only two points on Gronholm by finishing second. A good result for the Kronos driver: It was a very rough rally. I lost some time the first day. It would have been difficult to catch Gronholm. To finish second is not bad.
Mikko Hirvonen gets his second consecutive podium after Sardinia and moves up to fourth place in the drivers' championship standings, one point ahead of Manfred Stohl and Petter Solberg, both equal with 20 points. The gearbox broke in the last stage, I was stuck in second gear, explained Hirvonen. A very good result for me and the team.
Toni Gardemeister drove well all weekend to take fourth place, in his very first rally at the wheel of the Citroen Xsara. A rewarding result for the Finn who had not driven in the world championship since the Monte Carlo Rally.
Only 39 seconds separated Henning Solberg and Dani Sordo in the battle for fifth place before the Super Special stage. Both drivers were competing side by side in the Super Special, adding to the excitement of the battle. Henning stalled his 307 at the start but managed to get back in the fight, losing only 31 to the Spaniard... just enough to keep his fifth position by eighth tenths of a second!
Petter Solberg (7th) and Xavier Pons (8th) take the final drivers' championship points, while Jussi Valimaki and Matthew Wilson round off the top ten.
Hugo GIGUERE © CAPSIS International