Kalle Rovanpera shines in the Greek quagmire

Unusual conditions for the always hot and dry Acropolis Rally. This time the mud has presided over the ‘shakedown’ of the Greek event, which returns to the World Cup after eight years of absence. A scenario in which Kalle Rovanpera has shone by setting the best time, although with ‘trap’.

The rains that have fallen in recent days have left the roads in the Lamia area, where the ‘shakedown’ has been held and the second and third stages of the test will take place, full of mud. “This looks like Wales and not Greece,” said Dani Sordo after the recognition. And the test special, of just over four kilometers, showed what all the pilots had to say.

A scenario in which the only one who has fitted soft tires has been Kalle Rovanpera, which has given him the best street time. The others, given the shortage of this compound for competition, have preferred to keep them and ride hard. The three Hyundais of Thierry Neuville, Ott Tanak and Sordo have escorted the young Finn into qualifying.

Now the caravan is leaving for Athens, where this afternoon the start ceremony will take place at the Acropolis, and the first timed section will be run, an urban superspecial of less than one kilometer located in Syntagma Square. The sections of the first stage tomorrow are dry, so the advantage for Sordo due to his delayed starting position remains unchanged. The six cars ahead will clear gravel and stone roads for you. The unknown is how the northern specials will be before the days of Saturday and Sunday. If they do not dry out and the mud remains, there will be strong emotions.

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Classification ‘shakedown’

1. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin / Toyota), 3m 14.3s

2. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), at 2.7

3. Tanak-Jarveoja (Est / Hyundai), at 3.2

4. Deaf-Carrera (Esp / Hyundai), at 4.0

5. Evans-Martin (Gbr / Toyota), to 6.0

6. Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), at 6.4

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