Road position was key as Sebastien Ogier claimed a somewhat controversial victory by dropping behind then Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb to gain an advantageous starting slot for the final day. Petter Solberg held the lead after day one in his privateer Citroen but was unable to fend off Ogier during Saturday’s stages. A pacenote issue cost him vital time on the night stage and he settled for fourth behind Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen. A front differential glitch and turbo boost issues wrecked Jari-Matti Latvala bid. He scored a plethora of fastest stage times but had to settle for ninth.
Did you know?
One year after Athens hosted the Olympic Games in 2004, Acropolis organisers got in on the act by running a superspecial stage in the city’s Olympic Stadium. A capacity crowd watched Sebastien Loeb clock the fastest stage time over the 2.4-kilometre course.
Michelin will supply its Latitude Cross tyre in a hard compound with an option supply of soft compound tyres to be used in the event of cold and damp conditions. DMACK will supply its DMG+ tyre.