Thursday September 18, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
27o C
19o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Latvala takes early Acropolis lead

Mikko Hirvonen, and his co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen of Finland with their Citroen DS3 WRC drive during the official start of the Greece's Acropolis Rally for the World Rally Championship, at Zappeio Conference Hall in Athens, Thursday.

Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala, who missed the last round of the world championship after a cross-country skiing accident, set the pace on the opening day of the Acropolis Rally on Thursday.

The Finn was ruled out of the Rally of Argentina because of his injury, but he made up for lost time in Athens, piloting his Ford Fiesta to a 2.8sec lead over eight-time world champion Sebastien Loeb in a Citroen.

Mikko Hirvonen, in the second factory Citroen, was 7.1sec off the lead.

”I was equal with Loeb but at the end I seemed to pull out some time at the hairpins,” said Latvala. ”I felt really fast in places.” Loeb went into the rally having won three races this season and with an 18-point lead over Norway’s Ford Focus driver Petter Solberg.

”In some places there is a lot of grip, some places no grip, so it is difficult to understand where you can push and where you have to be careful,” admitted the Frenchman.

Solberg blamed his failure to win the stage on his decision to run soft compound tyres on his Fiesta rather than the hard option chosen by his rivals.

The Norwegian’s tyres lost considerable grip by the end of the run, which he completed with the fifth fastest time, 14.6sec slower than Latvala.

”It was my decision and I believed in it,” said Solberg. ”I thought it could have been colder, it was just a mistake and I should have listened to the team. Okay that’s how it is and we learn from that. We are not out of it.” [AFP]

ekathimerini.com , Thursday May 24, 2012 (21:07)  
Financial crisis forces Greek second division postponement
Mitroglou rediscovers scoring touch after Fulham let-down
Mitroglou seals Olympiakos´s 3-2 triumph over Atletico
Olympiakos, Atletico gear up for Champions League opener
SYRIZA ahead of ND, new opinion poll shows
A new opinion poll conducted in September showed opposition SYRIZA ahead of conservative New Democracy. The survey was carried out by a University of Macedonia research institute on behalf o...
Extradited Greek couple to face magistrate in Athens
Greek businessman Kyriakos Griveas and his wife Anastasia Vatsika were expected to face a magistrate in Athens on Thursday after a British court agreed to extradite them following a European...
Inside News
Very lucky punters set to be probed
The Hellenic Gaming Commission has forwarded some impressive data regarding the possible abuse of profits from games of chance to the anti-money laundering authority and the Financial Crimes...
London roadshow starts with record turnout
The Athens Exchange’s London roadshow got under way at Bloomberg’s headquarters in the British capital on Wednesday featuring 31 listed companies and with much better prospects than the prev...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Greek society’s and lenders’ fatigue
The issue of early elections continues to dog the coalition government despite all the official denials. That the administration is losing its cool is obvious. The political discourse has no...
EDITORIAL
Legitimacy control
The process of checking the authenticity of the qualifications of civil servants hired in the broader public sector during the period of major waste and corruption must move on. The evaluati...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. SYRIZA ahead of ND, new opinion poll shows
2. Extradited Greek couple to face magistrate in Athens
3. Very lucky punters set to be probed
4. London roadshow starts with record turnout
5. Banks set to request 6.1 bln under TLTRO
6. More efforts to cut the price of milk
more news
Today
This Week
1. Extradited Greek couple to face magistrate in Athens
2. SYRIZA ahead of ND, new opinion poll shows
3. Loud patriotism
4. SYRIZA victory would spark a bank run, PM reportedly warns
5. Production of the new Pony to start by the end of the year, NAMCO says
6. Davutoglu calls for a two-state solution in Cyprus
Today
This Week
1. Greece on standby
2. Avramopoulos appointed Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs
3. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
4. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
5. EU bank tests may miss trillion dollar risk, study finds
6. Lost in the fog
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.