BP-Ford's Marcus Gronholm and co-driver Timo Rautiainen dominated the Acropolis Rally of Greece, finishing off the event in fine style by winning the closing Super Special Stage in the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
The rally has long held the reputation as the toughest in the WRC calendar, and its new location in the hills surrounding Athens lived up to the billing, with hot, dry and dusty conditions and very rough roads. Equipment failures and flat tires played a major role in the outcome of the rally, with a puncture putting second place finisher Sebastien Loeb hopelessly far behind Gronholm. Ford's Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen rounded out the podium.
Loeb still leads the 2006 championship standings with 74 points, after carrying a five-race winning streak into this weekend's rally. Gronholm has closed the gap with his victory in Greece, holding second place with 45 points.
Full results and lots of pictures at the Acropolis Rally website, here.