Kalle Rovanpera / Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) deservedly won the Rally Acropolis 2021. The Finns did not give a chance to the competition and led the race from the third stage. Second place went to Ott Tanak / M. Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) at +42.1 seconds. Sebastien Ogier / J. Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) failed to beat Tanak and took the honorable third place in the Greek Rally at 1:11.3 after Rovanpera.
Dani Sordo / C. Carrera (Hyundai i20 Couple WRC) held the fourth place, not really fighting for positions due to the big differences. Sordo trailed the leader by 3:01.0.
The big loser from the Acropolis Rally is Thierry Neuville, who finished eighth with a time of 8:41.1.
Today, light rain in some places created problems for pilots who used notes in dry weather, as Neuville visibly returned the gas, stopping to trust the optimistic notes. Only in the initial stage today CE13 Tarzan 1 (23.37km) Neuville lost 42.1 seconds.
In the longest CE14 Pyrgos of 33.20 km, the driver Rovanpera lost 9.9 seconds due to the mud in the forest, where it was not yet dry and the use of hard tires in front.
According to Ogier, the best choice is soft tires, but most pilots rely on hard tires.
Power Stage was won today by Kalle Rovanpera with a lead of 1.2 seconds over Elfyn Evans, who was definitely not on the level with his huge lag in the stages.
In the RC2 category, Andreas Mikkelsen / E. Edmondson (Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo) had a hard time taking first place and were only 16.7 seconds ahead of Marco Bulacia / M. Der Ohannesian (Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo).
Just three rounds before the end of the championship Sebastien Ogier has a comfortable lead with an asset of 180 points over Elfyn Evans with 136 points. The third position is for Thierry Neuville with 130 points, and Kalle Rovanpera taking the maximum 30 points reached the 4th place with 129 points.