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Thu June 8, 2006

First Skoda satisfied with Acropolis Skoda First Skoda satisfied with Acropolis First Motorsport Skoda Team knew it: the 8th event of the 2006 World Rally Championship, which took place last weekend in Greece, was going to be tough. But, at the end of three days of a very difficult race, on roads where even rally-raid vehicles would face difficulties, the te...

Sun June 4, 2006

All 3 Xsaras finish in the points Citroen All 3 Xsaras finish in the points Greece is a favoured destination for lovers of antique pottery, but the Acropolis Rally was characterised by stones that were somewhat less ancient and more aggressive than anything found in a museum. At the end of the rough and rocky stages, Kronos Racing finishes once more w...

Imprezas move up on final leg Subaru Imprezas move up on final leg Petter Solberg finished the Acropolis Rally of Greece with a flourish by winning every gravel stage of the Leg. The Norwegian proved the speed of his Impreza WRC2006 in the most difficult stage conditions seen so far this year. But even Solberg’s best efforts weren’t enough to ma...

Third win of the season for Marcus Ford Third win of the season for Marcus BP-Ford World Rally Team won its third rally of the season today when Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen took an emphatic victory on the gruelling Acropolis Rally of Greece. Their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car led for almost the entire four-day event, excelling in the toughest ...

5th for Henning in Greece Peugeot 5th for Henning in Greece The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team finished the “bp ultimate Acropolis Rally of Greece” with a top result. Henning Solberg and Cato Menkerud (Nor) reached fifth place after 355,62 special stage kilometres. Beside four points in the driver-WRC this also means five points in t...

No final leg luck for Jan Kopecky Skoda No final leg luck for Jan Kopecky Once again, in the final leg of the Acropolis Rally Lady Luck was not shining on Jan Kopecký and Filip Schovánek, the crew of the Czech Rally Team Škoda-Kopecký, who were forced to drop out of the event. Again, the cause was the immensely challenging route, which gave the chasses...

Both RB Skodas reach the finish Skoda Both RB Skodas reach the finish Finnish Ford driver Marcus Gronholm deservedly won the eight WRC event of the season, celebrating his third victory of the year. Runner-up was world champion Sebastien Loeb (Citroen), who had to settle for second this time after five wins on the trot. Also on the podium in third:...

Marcus halts Seb's title march WRC Marcus halts Seb's title march Ford's Marcus Gronholm drew his reward for months of hard testing with a wonderful victory on the Acropolis Rally, bringing Sebastien Loeb's winning run of five events to an abrupt end. The Finn drove a faultless rally and won by over two minutes from Loeb, whose rally was...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Marcus earns overdue win @ 07:14 PM - Final unofficial classification ... 1 GRÖNHOLM 3:56:26.8 ... 2 LOEB +02:26.8 ... 3 HIRVONEN +03:43.8 ... 4 GARDEMEISTER +04:20.8 ... 5 H SOLBERG +04:55.6 ... 6 SORDO +04:56.4 ... 7 P SOLBERG +05:34.4 ... 8 PONS +08:19.0 ... 9 VÄLIMÄKI +11:28.7 ... 10 WILSON +13:30.8

Sat June 3, 2006

Kronos work miracles on Loeb's car Citroen Kronos work miracles on Loeb's car By getting the better of Petter Solberg in the morning loop of stages, Sebastien Loeb, Daniel Elena, and their Citroen Xsara WRC had climbed to second place overall. A sustained attack during the afternoon loop of stages closed them to within 25 seconds of Marcus Grönholm by th...

Strong day for OMV Peugeot Peugeot Strong day for OMV Peugeot The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team was able to defend their top positions on the second day of the “bp ultimate Acropolis Rally of Greece”. This in spite of several minor problems of Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor (Aut) which culminated in a small fire in the Peugeot 307 WRC d...

Gronholm extends Ford's lead Ford Gronholm extends Ford's lead BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen extended their lead of the Acropolis Rally of Greece today as the rocky gravel roads in the hills surrounding Athens wrecked the hopes of many competitors. Their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car returned to the Gr...

Apalling luck for Petter Subaru Apalling luck for Petter Today’s second Leg of the Acropolis Rally of Greece started well for the Subaru World Rally Team. Petter Solberg set a string of top three times as he fought with Sebastien Loeb for second place, while Chris Atkinson was among the four fastest drivers on each of the morning’s sta...

Red Bull Skodas climb the order Skoda Red Bull Skodas climb the order A very eventful second day of the 53rd Rally Acropolis in Greece for Red Bull Skoda. Harri Rovanpera/Risto Pietilainen were struggling with a faulty on-board intercom system in the morning, in the afternoon big rocks on the road led to a broken rim, a smashed shock absorber and a...

Bosse holds lead as Petter falters WRC Bosse holds lead as Petter falters Ford's Marcus Gronholm reaped the rewards for the enormous efforts of his blue-oval team on the second leg of the Acropolis Rally, as he opened up a 1 minute 50 seconds lead from the chasing Sebastien Loeb. The Ford team has been overdue a victory as terrible luck has stricke...

NEWS JUST IN

WRC Marcus cements Acropolis lead @ 09:26 PM - Overall classification at the end of leg two ... 1 GRÖNHOLM 2:51:18.3 ... 2 LOEB +01:47.2 ... 3 HIRVONEN +02:59.2 ... 4 SORDO +03:57.5 ... 5 STOHL +04:00.4 ... 6 H SOLBERG +04:03.4 ... 7 GARDEMEISTER +04:15.2 ... 8 PONS +05:50.3 ... 9 P SOLBERG +06:16.9 ... 10 VÄLIMÄKI +07:19.8

Fri June 2, 2006

Good start for OMV Peugeot Peugeot Good start for OMV Peugeot It was a successful first leg for the OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team at the “bp ultimate Acropolis Rally of Greece”. Following a rather cautious beginning Manfred Stohl/Ilka Minor (Ö) as well as Henning Solberg/Cato Menkerud put their foot really down in the afternoon of th...

Good start for Petter Subaru Good start for Petter After an excellent first day of the Acropolis Rally, Subaru’s Petter Solberg lies well placed in second overall, 26 seconds off the lead, with two more days of the rally remaining. Driving an Impreza WRC2006 the Norwegian was the closest rival to current leader Marcus Gronholm an...

Three-way fight in Greece Citroen Three-way fight in Greece Despite suffering from the handicap of being roadsweepers for everyone else, Sebastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and their Kronos-run Citroen Xsara WRC fought at the sharp end of the action throughout the opening leg. The reigning World Champions have Petter Solberg and Marcus Gronho...

Gronholm dominates opening leg Ford Gronholm dominates opening leg BP-Ford World Rally Team drivers Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen lead the Acropolis Rally of Greece after dominating today's opening leg in the hills around Athens. The Finns won all six speed tests in their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car to build a 26.3 second advant...

Harri struggles with setup Skoda Harri struggles with setup The dominating force on today’s first leg of Rally Acropolis was Finland’s Marcus Gronholm. He took over the lead from world champion Sebastien Loeb with a fastest time on the first stage and extended it to 26.3 seconds over a chasing Petter Solberg. Loeb is in third, his deficit...

Good start for Jan Kopecky Skoda Good start for Jan Kopecky The World Rally Championship continues in the first weekend of June with the demanding Acropolis Rally, which has a reputation as an event where only the very best and hardiest make their way to the finish line. The stages take place on hot gravel sections which are littered with...

Thu June 1, 2006

Solid start for Red Bull Skoda Skoda Solid start for Red Bull Skoda Rally Acropolis got under way with a spectacular special stage over 2.8 kilometres in Athens’ Olympic Stadium today. At almost 38 degrees centigrade, about 50,000 visitors came to see this prelude to the rally, where two drivers at a time are fighting an on-track duel with each o...

Wed May 31, 2006

OMV aim for trouble free event Peugeot OMV aim for trouble free event The OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team is under testing pressure prior to the “bp ultimate acropolis rally”. Manfred Stohl and Ilka Minor (Aut) encountered no problems when they completed 120 testing kilometres on Saturday. On Monday it will be the turn of OMV teammates Henning ...

Sun May 28, 2006

Acropolis: Kronos team interviews Citroen Acropolis: Kronos team interviews Marc Van Dalen, team principal… You were delighted at the finish of the Rally of Sardinia…
“The raw and excellent result would have been sufficient to delight me but another satisfaction added to that: I’m very satisfied to see that the team is worki...

Sat May 27, 2006

Interview with Dani Sordo Citroen Interview with Dani Sordo Within only seven events behind the wheel of a World Rally car, Dani Sordo has finished three times on the podium. The young Spaniard lies in third position in the Championship and dreams to conclude the first half of the season with a seventh points scoring…...

Wilson reaches debut season mid-point Ford Wilson reaches debut season mid-point Brit Matthew Wilson reaches the half-way mark in his rookie FIA World Rally Championship season with one of the toughest rallies on the calendar, BP Ultimate Acropolis Rally, based around the Athens home of the 2004 Olympic Games....

Petter aiming for memorable Acropolis Subaru Petter aiming for memorable Acropolis The FIA World Rally Championship stays in the Mediterranean as teams head to Greece for round eight of the 16 event calendar. The Acropolis Rally of Greece will take place from 1 to 4 June and is the last rally before the mid-season nine week break....

Kronos Citroen ready for Greek challenge Citroen Kronos Citroen ready for Greek challenge Eighth and last round of the first half of the championship before a twomonth break, the Greek event offers with a completely new rally route and – apparently – tougher, a real challenge to the FIA World Rally Championship’s teams....

Ford ready for toughest event Ford Ford ready for toughest event BP-Ford World Rally Team ends the first half of its 2006 campaign next week by taking on what is expected to be the toughest round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The Acropolis Rally of Greece (1 - 4 June) is one of the series' classic events, which was voted the best in...

Red Bull hope for better in Greece Skoda Red Bull hope for better in Greece Red Bull Skoda will participate in the Acropolis Rally in Greece with both Fabia WRC just two weeks after Rally Sardinia. The car transporter has already been shipped to Athens, the crew has little time to prepare for the next WRC event. A lot will depend on Thursday’s shakedown....

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