Rovanperä holds Friday morning Acropolis lead, Evans hits hassle

2021 Acropolis Rally Greece – Friday morning

2021 WRC - Acropolis Rally Greece - K. Rovanperä / J. Halttunen (Photo WRC Promoter)

Kalle Rovanperä steered to the highest of the Acropolis Rally Greece leaderboard after an incident-filled Friday morning on rugged gravel roads close to Athens.

Fourth within the opening 17.54km Aghii Theodori left the 20-year-old Finn in fourth general in his Toyota Yaris World Rally Automotive. He soared to the highest of the order with quickest time within the following 19.40km Loutraki to guide Ott Tänak by 3.0sec.

After Thursday night’s spectacular road stage by the centre of the capital, the motion switched to rocky tracks within the Peloponnese peninsula, near the Corinth Canal.

Like all of the frontrunners, Rovanperä opted for Pirelli’s onerous compound Scorpion tyres for phases that had been dry and onerous. After a cautious method to Aghii Theodori he attacked extra within the subsequent take a look at.

Tänak was quickest in Aghii Theodori to demote in a single day chief Sébastien Ogier. Third in Loutraki stored the Estonian on the heels of Rovanperä regardless of a removed from straightforward drive in his Hyundai i20 World Rally Automotive.

Highway opener Ogier was third, the Frenchman coping admirably along with his sweeping duties to lie 1.3sec adrift of Tänak in third.

Hyundai duo Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville had been fourth and fifth. Spaniard Sordo incurred a 10sec penalty for a bounce begin in Loutraki whereas Neuville was sad along with his i20’s dealing with.

Worse befell Elfyn Evans. The Welshman was third after the opener however transmission troubles struck his Yaris en path to Loutraki. He labored on the automotive earlier than the take a look at however incurred a 40sec penalty for beginning late. The automotive seemed to be jammed in gear all through the stage and he conceded greater than a minute to plunge to thirteenth.

M-Sport Ford’s Adrien Fourmaux accomplished the highest six in a Fiesta. The Frenchman was virtually half a minute off the main tempo and a handful of seconds forward of team-mate Gus Greensmith, who struggled along with his automotive’s stability with two spare wheels on board.

Pierre-Louis Loubet was eighth in his i20, regardless of additionally incurring a bounce begin penalty, with WRC2 chief Oliver Solberg and Andreas Mikkelsen finishing the leaderboard.

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