It’s been four years since Sebastien Loeb claimed the second of his two Acropolis victories. However, a third is a distinct possibility following an impressive start to the season in his Citroen DS3 WRC, winning three of the five rounds run so far. Team-mate Mikko Hirvonen won in Greece in 2009 after Loeb had crashed out and remains firmly in the fight for championship glory this season.
Ford driver Petter Solberg was a winner in Greece in 2004 and while victory has eluded him in recent seasons, a top score next week could narrow Loeb’s 18-point advantage.
Absent from Rally Argentina due to injury, Jari-Matti Latvala is back in the second factory Fiesta RS WRC confident he’ll be able to go the distance and put up a fight.
Rising stars Evgeny Novikov and Ott Tanak front the M-Sport Ford squad, while Nasser Al-Attiyah and Thierry Neuville rely on Citroen power in Greece.
Mads Ostberg will be a contender in his Adapta Fiesta. In contrast, Brazil World Rally Team’s Daniel Oliveira has been tasked with reaching the finish rather than chasing top-10 stage times.
Ostberg’s fellow Norwegian Henning Solberg appears on the entry although his participation remains unclear due to funding issues. Martin Prokop will arrive in Greece on the back of a career-best fourth in Argentina last month.
Armindo Araujo and Paulo Nobre lead the WRC Team MINI Portugal effort in their John Cooper Works, the car of choice for Qatari and category newcomer Abulaziz Al-Kuwari. Spyros Pavlides and Oleksii Tamrazov will also be sampling a new-generation World Rally Car for the first time.
Volkswagen will continue its acclimatisation to the WRC by fielding a brace of Skoda Fabia S2000s last year’s winner Sebastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen.
Visit WRC.com next week to find out who will be chasing Production Car and WRC Academy glory in Greece.
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