WRC – Unstoppable Rovanperä consolidates Acropolis lead

2021 Acropolis Rally Greece – Saturday morning

2021 WRC - Acropolis Rally Greece - K. Rovanperä / J. Halttunen (DPPI / Nikos Katsikis)

Kalle Rovanperä dominated Saturday morning at Acropolis Rally Greece by finishing a clear sweep of stage victories to increase his result in nearly 40sec.

Rovanperä, Ott Tänak and Sébastien Ogier have been lined by 3.9sec as the sector restarted. However the 20-year-old confirmed a clear pair of heels to his rivals over 4 traditional velocity assessments within the mountains of Fthiotida, between Lamia and Itea.

After wins in Pavliani and Gravia, Rovanperä had a slim escape close to the tip of Bauxites when the rear of his Yaris slid right into a ditch.

“It was an enormous second,” he smiled. “I’ve to say we have been fortunate to flee and that there was nothing within the ditch. It was perhaps a bit an excessive amount of from the tempo notes. I used to be pushing a bit an excessive amount of. I attempted to be a bit extra cautious after that.”

The Finn was nonetheless quickest after which received the closing Eleftherohori, stretching his benefit to 39.7sec earlier than the respite of service.

Tänak was second quickest within the first three assessments however dropped nearly 20sec in Eleftherohori. The Estonian remained tight-lipped over a potential downside in his Hyundai i20, however his benefit over Ogier in third was slashed to three.6sec.

The wily Ogier used all his expertise to settle into a quick, however protected tempo. With closest title rivals Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville floundering down the order after issues yesterday, the Frenchman is aware of a strong podium will additional improve his factors lead.

Dani Sordo was nearly 50sec additional again in one other i20. The Spaniard struggled for confidence together with his i20 transferring round on the rear however discovered himself in a lonely fourth, greater than 70sec away from Adrien Fourmaux’s Ford Fiesta.

The Frenchman nosed right into a roadside barrier in Gravia however was 17.3sec away from team-mate Gus Greensmith, who conceded a handful of seconds with a spin in Bauxites.

Eleftherohori was halted after Rovanperä completed the stage for spectator security causes. The next drivers will all be awarded notional instances so whereas Evans’ return to the leaderboard is assured, the Welshman’s actual place is unsure.

Toksport’s Andreas Mikkelsen overhauled Skoda Fabia team-mate Marco Bulacia to guide FIA WRC2, with Yohan Rossel now heading FIA WRC3 in a Citroën C3 Rally2. All three have been nestled round Evans within the decrease reaches of the highest 10.


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