AUG18 Test MSport 05M-Sport Ford World Rally Team concluded four days of testing in some of the most renowned Acropolis Rally stages as it prepares for Rally Turkey (13-16/09), round 10 of this year's World Rally Championship.

Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt drove the Fiesta WRC in the stages of Livadeia and Kaloskopi, while Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia concluded the team's test the two following days in the Karoutes and Rengini stages.

This was the first time after Volkswagen in 2013 that a WRC-spec car was tested in Greece, and of course the first time for a World Rally Car of the new generation, which started in 2017. These factors, together with the presence of the top WRC crews, and also the memories of old WRC Acropolis Rallies, drove many Greek fans to the mountains this week.

Read more: M-Sport Ford testing in classic Acropolis stages

acro2018 podium*Portuguese dedicates first victory of 2018 to sponsor SEAJETS
*Maiden ERC podiums for Norbert Herczig and Hubert Ptaszek
*Érdi Jr wins ERC2, Ghosh first in ERC3 on championship debut
*Lukyanuk is Greece lightening to land bonus points on final-day restart

SEAJETS-powered Bruno Magalhães joined an illustrious list of winners with victory on one of the toughest events of them all, the EKO Acropolis Rally, alongside co-driver and namesake Hugo Magalhães.

In doing so, the Portuguese reignited his faltering FIA European Rally Championship title bid as Russian rival and ERC leader Alexey Lukyanuk made do with bonus points only following his exit on Saturday.

MOL Racing Team’s Norbert Herczig finished a career-high second with 24-year-old Pole Hubert Ptaszek completing an all-ŠKODA Fabia R5 podium as Hungary's Tibor Érdi Jr and Amittrajit Ghosh from India claimed the ERC2 and ERC3 spoils respectively.

Read more: LEG 3 REPORT: Magalhaes joins rally greats with Acropolis ERC glory

magalhaes brunoLength: 18,53 km | Surface: Smooth Gravel | Temperature: 31ο C 

Bruno Magalhaes put his name on the glorious list of winners of the Acropolis Rally! The 37-year old driver from Lisbon avoided the troubles of his closest rivals and, being smart on his strategy, managed to win what he descibed as "the best result of my career". At the same time, this is the first win for the 3-time Portuguese Rally Champion on this year's ERC.

Hungarian Norbert Herczing pushed until the end for what would have been a glorious underdog win, but anyway his second place finish was a remarkable achievement that amazed even himself, for as he said he didn't expect to leave Greece with a podium place. He was followed by Polish Hubert Ptaszek, the youngest ever podium winner of the Acropolis Rally! The Norwegian Eyvind Brynildsen finished 4th, one spot in front of Cypriot Simos Galatariotis, while Grzegorz Grzyb rounded uop the top 6.

For the record, fastest on the last stage of the EKO Acropolis Rally 2018 was Alexey Lukyanuk, who won all but one of the four special stages of Leg 3.

Read more: SS12 | DIVRI 2: Magalhaes at the Acropolis Pantheon!

lyukanuk1Length 21.97 km / Surface: soft gravel / Temperature: 33o C

With the gravel being clearly in better condition than today's morning, times during the second passage on the Special Stage ΕΚΟ Grameni improved exponentially. Again, Alexey Lukyanuk set the best time, finishing 26.9" ahead of Juuso Nordgren. Norbert Herczing "cut" 14.7" from rally leader Bruno Magalhaes, reducing their difference to 36.2" one stage before the finish.

“I don't like this stage, it's difficult to get the grip. I drove carefully, it was about survival.” 

Νο3: HERCZIG Norbert - FERENCZ Ramon
“The feeling was OK, we put four new tyres on the car and it's different. We jumped little bit too much, but then nothing.”

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