2021 World Rally Championship Acropolis Rally Greece Preview

This week is set to see the World Rally Championship (WRC) contest the ninth round of its 2021 season in Greece.

Sebastien Ogier continues to lead the championship for drivers after finishing the previous event, the Ypres Rally, fifth. It means the Frenchman has a 38 point advantage from nearest challengers Elfyn Evans and Thierry Neuville.

Evans and Neuville are tied second in the championship heading to Greece. This is after Evans finished fourth in Belgium while Neuville won his home event. The Welshman is ahead on countback having finished second three times this season, compared to Neuville whose best result, after his victory last time out, is third place which the Hyundai driver has achieved on five occasions this season.

Sardegna 2019 – Hyundai i20 WRC” by Antoine Valentini is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Power Stage at the Ypres Rally was won by Ott Tanak ahead of Ogier, Neuville, Kalle Rovanpera and Evans. Tanak would finish the main rally sixth after once again encountering punctures which prevented the Estonian from potentially challenging for the overall rally victory.

Rovanpera followed up his maiden WRC victory in Estonia with third place in Belgium. The Finn is fourth in the championship 25 points behind Evans and Neuville and 12 points ahead of fifth placed Tanak.

In the championship of manufacturers Toyota remain on top and have a 41 point advantage over nearest rival Hyundai. This is after the latter managed to secure a 1-2 in Belgium thanks to Craig Breen following teammate Neuville home.

M-Sport Ford are third in the championship for manufacturers, 172 points behind Hyundai.

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