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McRae leads the Acropolis Rally after leg one.

Of the other teams in the FIA Teams Cup for Privateers, Hamed Al Wahaibi survived an off in SS2 to lead the category. His main rivals, Toyota drivers Pasi Hagstrom and Henrik Lundgaard, both suffered from gearshift problems and Lundgaard also damaged his Corolla's sump guard in SS3. Gabriel Pozzo leads the Group N category for more standard cars, ahead of former world champion Gustavo Trelles.

In the FIA Super 1600 Cup section, French Ford Puma driver Rousselot holds a narrow lead over stablemate Patrick Magaud, but only after Magaud deliberately took road penalties to start a stage late and stand a better chance of not catching the car in front. Both Pumas would be behind Sebastien Loeb's Citroen, had the Catalunya class winner not been forced to carry out running repairs between SS1 and SS2 when he broke an electrical connection. He picked up three minutes of road penalties as a result.


Rally Statistics:

Starters: 115 cars (89 Group A + 26 Group N) started the rally.
Retirements: Stohl (A), Auriol (F), Grönholm (FIN), Arai (J), Radstrom (S) + 21 other drivers


Tomorrow: Saturday 17 June:
Leg 2 starts from Itea at 07h00 and covers 607.32km, including 123.36km on 7 special stages. The first car is expected to arrive in Itea at 20h24.

Weather forecast: Staying hot and dry

Leg One Stage summary:

SS1 Mendenitsa 1 (26.92kms):
1. Burns (GB) Subaru 19m 14.0
2. Solberg (N) Subaru 19m 14.1
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 19m 14.2

SS2 Paleohori (10.85kms):
1. Solberg (N) Subaru 8m 07.8
2. Martin (EE) Subaru 8m 08.2
3. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 8m 08.5

Leaders after SS2:
1. Solberg (N) Subaru 27m 21.9
2. Grönholm (FIN) Peugeot 27m 22.7
3. Burns (GB) Subaru 27m 24.4

SS3 Inohori 1 (23.00kms):
1. Martin (EE) Subaru 18m 27.1
2. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 18m 31.3
3. Solberg (N) Hyundai 18m 31.5

Leaders after SS3:
1. Solberg (N) Subaru 45m 53.4
2. Martin (EE) Subaru 45m 55.9
3. Burns (GB) Subaru 46m 01.8

SS4 Pavliani 1 (24.45kms)
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 20m 17.2
2. Delecour (F) Ford 20m 17.3
3. Panizzi (F) Peugeot 20m 17.7

Leaders after SS4:
1. Solberg (N) Subaru 1h 06m 11.8
2. Martin (EE) Subaru 1h 06m 17.2
3. C.McRae (GB) Ford 1h 06m 25.9

SS5 Elatia (31.40kms):
Stage cancelled due to spectator congestion

Leaders after SS5:
1. Solberg (N) Subaru 1h 06m 11.8
2. Martin (EE) Subaru 1h 06m 17.2
3. C.McRae (GB) Ford 1h 06m 25.9

SS6 MENDENITSA 2 (26.92kms):
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 19m 14.2
2. Sainz (E) Ford 19m 24.0
3. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 19m 27.8

Leaders after SS6:
1. C.McRae (GB) Ford 1h 25m 40.1
2. Sainz (E) Ford +21.1
3. Burns (GB) Subaru +33.0
4. Martin (EE) Subaru +43.6
5. P.Solberg (N) Subaru +50.1
6. Panizzi (F) Peugeot +1m 05.3
7. Loix (B) Mitsubishi +1m 08.1
8. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot +1m 14.3
9. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi +1m 20.0
10. Schwarz (D) Skoda +1m 57.5



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