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Old 06-04-2004, 19:42   #1 (permalink)
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Acropolis Rally - Greece 2004

Markko Martin Retired, Duval Chasing Hard

On stage three, Markko Martin and Micheal Park retired when their Ford Focus left the road and they were unable to re-join the track. A disappointing start as Martin was only one point behind championship leader, Citroen's Sebastian Loeb.



Francois Duval and Stephane Prevot pushed hard and took a stage win to finish the first day in third place, less than 6 seconds behind the Puegeot of Rovampera. Solberg in the Subaru holds a good lead of 55 seconds.

Some consolation Ford can take away is that the two cars ahead are not close challengers in the constructors championship.

Leg two starts this evening Australian time, this is a rally Ford have dominated over the last four years. Markko Martin won it last year, McRae has won it three consecutive times with the Focus, in 2000, 2001, and 2002. It's now up to Duval to prove his speed and keep the winning tradition of Ford at this place!



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Damn. Martin's been looking good behind the wheel as usual. Not what he needed. Amazing that Ford are doing so well yet refuse to commit to a fully fledged and funded program for the next few years. They're not doing themselves any favours leaving a top driver with uncertainty over a top level drive with them. He'll get one elsewhere.
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Yes, he has been linked to Citroen next year, if you believe all the rumours.

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Damn, Ford Rally seems to be kind of like Ford Formula 1 Decisions, They will put enough money in so they can stay in but not any more and get pissed off when team doesnt perform
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Damn. Ahh well, what can you do!? Can someone tell me who is leading the 2004 WRC at the moment? Thanks.
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Damn. Ahh well, what can you do!? Can someone tell me who is leading the 2004 WRC at the moment? Thanks.
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A disappointing start as Martin was only one point behind championship leader, Citroen's Sebastian Loeb.
Is that what you meant?
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Drivers Championship (top 8) before this rally began:

1. S. Loeb (F) Citroen 35 points
2. M. Martin (EE) Ford 34
3. P. Solberg (N) Subaru 28
4. M. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 24
5. C. Sainz (SP) Citroen 19
6. F. Duval (B) Ford 14
7. M. Hirvonen (FIN) Subaru 10
8. J. Tuohino (FIN) Ford 8

Constructors Championship before this rally began:

1. FORD 55 points
2. CITROEN 54
3. SUBARU 40
4. PEUGEOT 33
5. MITSUBISHI 5

Hyundai are not eligible for WRC Constructors points as they are only entering in selected rallies this year.

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Hyundai are not eligible for WRC Constructors points as they are only entering in selected rallies this year.
Thats pretty half arsed
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Hyundai are not eligible for WRC Constructors points as they are only entering in selected rallies this year.
I think you mean Skoda. It was my understanding Hyundai were not returning until 2006, and it was Skoda doing selected rounds this year, then the full season in 2005.
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Ok, here are the final results:

1. Petter SOLBERG - Philip MILLS SUBARU Impreza WRC 2004 +18.4
2. Sιbastien LOEB - Daniel ELENA CITROEN Xsara +9.9
3. Harri ROVANPERA - Risto PIETILAINEN PEUGEOT 307 +1:51.1
4. Francois DUVAL - Stephane PREVOT FORD Focus RS WRC 04 +4:30.7
5. Daniel CARLSSON - Mattias ANDERSSON PEUGEOT 206 WRC +3:11.5
6. Manfred STOHL - Ilka MINOR PEUGEOT 206 WRC +1:10.9
7. Janne TUOHINO - Jukka AHO FORD Focus WRC 02 +2:54.5
8. Aris VOVOS - ''EL-EM'' FORD Focus WRC 03 +2:25.9

and championship points:

Drivers
1. Sébastien LOEB (F) 43 Pts
2. Petter SOLBERG (N) 38 Pts
3. Markko MÄRTIN (EE) 34 Pts
4. Marcus GRÖNHOLM (FIN) 24 Pts
5. Francois DUVAL (B) 19 Pts
6. Carlos SAINZ (E) 19 Pts
7. Mikko HIRVONEN (FIN) 10 Pts
8. Janne TUOHINO (FIN) 10 Pts
9. Harri ROVANPERÄ (FIN) 10 Pts
10. Daniel CARLSSON (S) 6 Pts

Manufacturers
1. CITROËN 65 Pts
2. FORD 60 Pts
3. SUBARU 50 Pts
4. PEUGEOT 39 Pts
5. MITSUBISHI 9 Pts
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