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Acropolis Rally: Red Bull Skoda final summary

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...

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: Finland's Mikko Hirvonen (Ford). Manfred Stohl (AUT) retired after an accident on the final day but was classified 17th thanks to SupeRally.

For Red Bull Skoda the negative aspects outweighed the positive ones. Raimund Baumschlager and Armin Schwarz give their summary as team representatives: "The only positive aspect of this WRC event was that we brought both Fabia WRCs to the finish, even though we had no mechanical issues to speak of. We mainly worked on the handling of the cars here, changed a lot of parts, but that didn't lead to the desired effect. It was worse for Harri, there's still something wrong with the entire package, for Andreas it was a little bit better. We need to use the summer break until Germany to develop new parts and test them beforehand. Kudos to our drivers and the entire team for their efforts."

Harri Rovanpera felt a bit chagrined by the result: "I still have a certain limit while driving right now which I can't transgress yet because of my car setup. We changed a lot, but haven't found the settings that would allow me to bring home some points for the drivers' championship. So we need to continue to work together to improve this situation as fast as possible. It was a tough rally by the way, too many rocks led to numerous tyre failures."

Andreas Aigner, first car on the road today for the third time this season, had quite a moment this morning: "Our car tipped over and on its side in a hairpin corner on the first stage. Klaus and I couldn't put the Fabia back on its wheels. Unfortunately there were no spectators at hand, so we had to wait for three minutes before three fans came to the rescue and enabled us to continue. Apart from that I was very satisfied with my performance in this rally. The flu bothered me, as did the frequent tyre failures and having to run 60 kilometres on the rim yesterday. Today I just missed a top ten time on two stages as 11th fastest, but I want to build up on these results in the future. I was very happy with the Fabia WRC, the car was virtually problem-free."

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Series WRC
Drivers Harri Rovanpera , Marcus Gronholm , Sébastien Loeb , Armin Schwarz , Manfred Stohl , Mikko Hirvonen , Andreas Aigner , Raimund Baumschlager
Teams Citroën World Rally Team