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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 June 2007, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
Gronholm clinches Greece victory
Marcus Gronholm
Gronholm was never seriously troubled after taking the lead
Marcus Gronholm held off world champion Sebastien Loeb to win the Acropolis Rally for the second successive year.

Finn Gronholm finished 38.6 seconds ahead of his French rival, while Norwegian Petter Solberg was third.

There were no changes in the top six positions during Sunday's final five stages, with Mikko Hirvonen fourth following his second stage win.

Henning Solberg was fifth and early race leader Chris Atkinson of Australia had to settle for sixth position.

Gronholm never lost his lead after taking it on Friday to win the 28th rally of his career and third in 2007.

The two-time world champion holds a nine-point advantage over Loeb in the overall standings ahead of his home rally in Finland on 3 August.

"We didn't have any problems this weekend. The rally was much better than last year," Gronholm said.

"Now we have expanded our lead in the championship but there is still a long way to go."

Loeb admitted that the tough terrain had proved too much for his tyres, one of which was shredded on Saturday.

"It is really tough on the tyres here and one is always apprehensive about how they are going to stand up to the huge stones on the surface," the three-time world champion said.

"Sadly we had a puncture at the end of the 14th special stage which could have been down to me demanding too much of the tyres."


Result:

1 Marcus Gronholm (Fin) Ford 3hr 49min 22.6sec
2 Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Citroen at 38.6sec
3 Petter Solberg (Nor) Subaru at 1min 34.1sec
4 Mikko Hirvonen (Fin) Ford at 2:41.3
5 Henning Solberg (Nor) Ford at 4:52.7
6 Chris Atkinson (Aus) Subaru at 6:31.7
7 Jan Kopecky (Cze) Skoda at 8:15.8
8 Manfred Stohl (Aut) Citroen at 8:56.2
9 Guy Wilks (GB) Ford at 9:53.2
10 Matthew Wilson (GB) Ford at 10:39.6


SEE ALSO
Gronholm maintains lead in Greece
02 Jun 07 |  Rallying
Gronholm takes early Greece lead
01 Jun 07 |  Rallying
Gronholm benefits from Loeb spin
20 May 07 |  Rallying


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