2009 Acropolis Rally

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2009 Acropolis Rally
56th Acropolis Rally of Greece
Round 7 of the 2009 World Rally Championship
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Host country Greece Greece
Rally base Loutraki
Dates run June 12 – 14, 2009
Stages 17
Stage surface Gravel with some Tarmac
Results
Overall winner Finland Mikko Hirvonen
United Kingdom BP Ford Abu Dhabi WRT
Crews 44 at start

The 2009 Acropolis Rally of Greece was the 56th running of the Acropolis Rally and the seventh round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. The rally consisted of 17 special stages. Ford's Mikko Hirvonen took his first win of the season and Citroën Junior Team's Sébastien Ogier his first-ever podium position. Hirvonen's teammate Jari-Matti Latvala climbed back to third place after going off the road and dropping from first to 11th place on the first day.[1]

Citroën's championship leader Sébastien Loeb crashed out from third place, and Dani Sordo broke his suspension while running second, right behind Hirvonen. Stobart M-Sport Ford's fifth-placed driver Henning Solberg crashed into the same rock as Sordo and also retired. Petter Solberg found himself Hirvonen's main challenger for the win, but also had to retire with a broken suspension.

With mechanical problems for Mads Østberg and Evgeny Novikov, who took his first-ever stage win in the event,[2] Federico Villagra finished fourth, Conrad Rautenbach fifth and Khalid al-Qassimi sixth, which marked his career-best result. Østberg climbed back into the points on the last stage. Home country's Lambros Athanassoulas edged out Nasser Al-Attiyah to win the Production World Rally Championship category, and also collected a WRC point for eighth place overall.

Results[edit]

Pos. Driver Co-driver Car Time Difference Points
WRC
1 Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:09:42.5 0.0 10
2 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Citroën C4 WRC 4:10:55.4 1:12.9 8
3 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Ford Focus RS WRC 09 4:11:27.5 1:45.0 6
4 Argentina Federico Villagra Argentina Jose Diaz Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:13:30.8 3:48.3 5
5 Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach United Kingdom Daniel Barritt Citroën C4 WRC 4:13:42.3 3:59.8 4
6 United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi United Kingdom Michael Orr Ford Focus RS WRC 08 4:16:46.8 7:04.3 3
7 Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson Subaru Impreza WRC 2008 4:22:07.4 12:24.9 2
8 Greece Lambros Athanassoulas Greece Nikolaos Zakheos Škoda Fabia S2000 4:22:30.1 12:47.6 1
PWRC
1 Greece Lambros Athanassoulas Greece Nikolaos Zakheos Škoda Fabia S2000 4:22:30.1 0.0 10
2 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Subaru Impreza WRX STi N14 4:22:52.4 22.3 8
3 Portugal Armindo Araújo Portugal Miguel Ramalho Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:24:47.0 2:16.9 6
4 Japan Toshi Arai Australia Glenn MacNeall Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:25:45.0 3:14.9 5
5 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:28:28.9 5:58.8 4
6 Portugal Bernardo Sousa Portugal Jorge Carvalho Fiat Grande Punto S2000 4:31:49.6 9:19.5 3
7 Latvia Andis Neiksans Latvia Peteris Dzirkals Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:32:02.6 9:32.5 2
8 Sweden Patrik Flodin Sweden Göran Bergsten Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4:37:28.8 14:58.7 1

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage Time (EEST) Name Length Winner Time Rally leader
1
(12 June)
SS1 8:48 Harvati 25 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 18:18.9 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
SS2 10:21 Thiva 1 23.76 km Spain Dani Sordo 17:00.6
SS3 11:44 Evangelistria 21.03 km Stage cancelled -:-.-
SS4 14:02 Bauxites 23.17 km Russia Evgeny Novikov 14:39.8
SS5 14:56 Drossohori 23.68 km France Sébastien Ogier 19:41.9
SS6 17:13 Thiva 2 23.76 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen 16:59.5 Finland Mikko Hirvonen
2
(13 June)
SS7 9:32 Klenia Mycenae 1 17.25 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 11:36.0
SS8 10:35 Ghymno 1 26.28 km Russia Evgeny Novikov 19:03.6
SS9 11:50 Kefelari 1 24.15 km Finland Mikko Hirvonen
Norway Petter Solberg
19:32.8
SS10 14:50 Klenia Mycenae 2 17.25 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 11:21.8
SS11 15:53 Ghymno 2 26.28 km Russia Evgeny Novikov 18:51.2
SS12 17:08 Kefelari 2 24.15 km Russia Evgeny Novikov 19:10.1
3
(14 June)
SS13 9:33 Loutraki 1 8.98 km Norway Mads Østberg 7:38.2
SS14 10:07 Aghii Theodori 1 33 km Norway Henning Solberg 22:43.2
SS15 10:55 New Pissia 11.3 km United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 8:16.2
SS16 12:51 Loutraki 2 8.98 km Stage cancelled -:-.-
SS17 13:25 Aghii Theodori 2 33 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 22:14.2

Championship standings after the event[edit]

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
 Pts 
1 France Sébastien Loeb 1 1 1 1 1 4 Ret 55
2 Finland Mikko Hirvonen 3 2 2 2 Ret 2 1 48
3 Spain Dani Sordo 2 5 4 3 2 23 12 31
4 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala 14 3 12 Ret 6 1 3 25
5 Norway Henning Solberg 4 4 18 5 3 8 15 21
6 Norway Petter Solberg 6 3 4 Ret 3 Ret 20
7 United Kingdom Matthew Wilson 7 7 5 Ret 5 6 14 15
8 Argentina Federico Villagra 7 7 4 Ret 4 14
9 France Sébastien Ogier 6 10 Ret 17 7 Ret 2 13
10 Norway Mads Østberg 9 6 7 7 7
Zimbabwe Conrad Rautenbach 18 Ret 6 Ret Ret 9 5 7
12 United Arab Emirates Khalid al-Qassimi 8 8 8 16 6 6
13 Russia Evgeny Novikov 12 Ret Ret 5 16 4
Australia Chris Atkinson 5 4
15 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah 11 16 8 10 9 1
Estonia Urmo Aava 10 8 1
Greece Lambros Athanassoulas 8 1
Pos Driver IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Manufacturers' championship[edit]

Pos Team Event Total
points
IRL
Republic of Ireland
NOR
Norway
CYP
Cyprus
POR
Portugal
ARG
Argentina
ITA
Italy
GRC
Greece
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
AUS
Australia
ESP
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
1 France Citroën Total World Rally Team 18 14 16 16 18 8 4 94
2 United States BP Ford World Rally Team 8 14 10 8 3 18 18 79
3 United Kingdom Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team 8 8 6 5 10 7 5 49
4 France Citroën Junior Team 5 2 4 0 2 6 6 25
5 Argentina Munchi's Ford World Rally Team 0 0 3 4 5 0 6 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beer, Matt (14 June 2009). "Hirvonen clinches Acropolis victory". Autosport. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Maiden stage win for Novikov!". Rally-Live.com. 14 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 

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