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Greece - leg 1: Gronholm top.

After Sordo, Stobart Ford's Henning Solberg is seventh, 35 seconds behind in his Focus. Despite being quite a way off the top six though the Norwegian was reasonably content with how things went this afternoon.

Jari-Matti Latvala is on course for the final drivers' point in eighth, while OMV Kronos Citroen's Manfred Stohl and Skoda privateer, Jan Kopecky complete the top ten.

In the Production Car World Rally Championship category, Toshi Arai leads, 4.6 seconds up on Juho Hanninen. Arai took the class lead in SS8 this afternoon, after Andreas Aigner had problems and dropped back to seventh. Gabriel Pozzo completes the PWRC top three, followed by Araujo Armindo and Simone Campedelli.

There were two major retirements today - namely Francois Duval, who was taking in his first WRC event since Rally GB at the end of last year and JRC regular, Urmo Aava.

Duval stopped in his First Motorsport-run Skoda Fabia WRC on the liaison section after SS4 with engine failure caused by a radiator leak, while Aava, who was competing in a privately entered Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05, stopped in the final stage.

The action now resumes on Saturday with the longest and toughest leg of the event. After leaving Markopoulo at 07.30, drivers face eight more stages covering 146.08km, divided into two loops split by service back at Markopoulo.

Most of the action is based west of Athens towards Korinthos and each loop begins with the massive 48.88km Agii Theodori, the longest stage of the season to date. There is a 15-minute remote service at Loutraki after each running of the test for drivers to regain their breath. The day ends with a second running of the super special stage at the Olympic Equestrian Centre which opened the action yesterday evening.


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Marcus Gronholm (FIN) / Timo Rautiainen (FIN), BP Ford Focus RS WRC 06. Acropolis Rally of Greece, 31st May - 3rd June 2007.
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Chris Atkinson (AUS) / Stephane Prevot (BEL), Subaru WRT Impreza WRC 2007. Acropolis Rally of Greece, 31st May - 3rd June 2007.
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