Toyota drivers took the lead on the final day after stage 3 on Friday, after attacking their rivals on Saturday morning to win, changing the 3.7-second margin to 30.8 seconds.
The Finns then re-destroyed their enemies at a wet and excellent pace on Sunday morning, britting the power stage and earning victories and full bonus points.
Rovanperä was unable to tackle Greece’s iconic gravel stage in both dry and wet conditions, finishing the rally 42.1 seconds behind his closest rival, Hyundai’s Ott Tänak in the 15th stage.
The victory will only arrive at the second event after recording the WRC’s first victory at Rally Estonia in July. He became the youngest winner in championship history At the age of 20 with co-driver Jonne Harttune.
Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier took the podium on his third drift of 1’11.3 seconds, but after recovering from mechanical problems on Friday, championship candidates Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville were sixth overall. I was able to finish only 8th place, so I took a decisive step toward the 8th WRC title.
As a result, Ogier surpassed the championship lead by 44 points, leaving three events remaining.
Sebastien Ogier, Julien Ingrassia, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC
Photo: Toyota Racing
Hyundai’s Dani Sordo returned in lonely fourth place ahead of M-Sport’s Gus Greensmith. Meanwhile, the long rally battle with teammate Adrien Fourmaux was determined by a problem with the latter engine before Stage 13 on Sunday morning.
The French were penalized for 3 minutes for checking in late and settled in 7th place overall.
A shortened version of the rally’s iconic Tarzan stage, the crew navigated early in the day and hosted the final power stage.
Rovanperä emphasized his advantage in Greece by scoring 5 bonus points in cloudy conditions and 1.2 seconds ahead of Evans to complete the perfect drive.
Ogier scored another three points after setting the third fastest time ahead of Neuville and Tanak. The Estonian had a problem with his car before the start of the stage.
Tanak was seen leaving the starting line in a cloud of blue smoke, which did not stop him from completing the stage.
Fulmo was the only driver to spend a moment on stage when he spun Fiesta, spending valuable time dropping to seventh place in stage time.
Adrien Fourmaux, Renault Jamor, M-Sport Ford WRT Ford Fiesta WRC
Photo: McKlein / Motorsport image
In WRC2, Toxport Skoda driver Andreas Mikkelsen won his classmate Marco Brascia in 16.7 seconds.
Yohan Rossel won the WRC3 in 32.8 seconds from Kajetan Kajetanowitz, with Chris Ingram of the UK in third place.
The WRC will head to Rally Finland for the next round of the championship from October 1st to 3rd.
WRC Rally Greece-Classification after SS14
Rovanpera stylishly claims the victory of the Acropolis Rally
https://www.autosport.com/wrc/news/wrc-greece-rovanpera-claims-acropolis-rally-victory-in-style/6666129/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=RSS-ALL&utm_term=News&utm_content=uk Rovanpera stylishly claims the victory of the Acropolis Rally