CitroŽn targeting Acropolis heights
The Acropolis Rally of Greece kicks off the second half of the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship, and after claiming the first five rounds of the season in their CitroŽn Total World Rally Team C4 WRC, Sťbastien Loeb and Daniel Elena will be eager to return to their winning ways on the Greek eventís extremely punishing stages. Team-mates Dani Sordo and Marc Marti are also targeting a podium finish.

After being based in Athens in recent years, the Acropolis Rallyís organisers have chosen a new venue for the eventís 56th edition. The service area will be based in Loutraki, very close to the Corinth Canal which separates the Peloponnese peninsular from the Greek mainland. This move has enabled a new route to be found and marks the return of several stages which havenít been used for many years.

The Greek terrain is notoriously tough on the cars and the event is viewed as one of the roughest of series. Winning the Acropolis consequently calls for a combination of speed and mechanical sympathy.

Thanks to his previous wins in 2005 and 2008, Sťbastien Loeb is aware of what it takes to finish on the highest step of the podium, and last year saw the five-time World Champion pave the way for his success by steering clear of punctures.

"Sometimes you really mustnít hesitate to lift over the rougher parts to make sure you donít damage anything or puncture. Our C4 WRC and our Pirelli Scorpion tyres are very strong, but youíre talking here about very extreme conditions, especially when the weather is hot," notes the CitroŽn driver.

Having won five rounds from six so far this season, Seb will be looking to take his total score of WRC successes to 53: "Our 17-point lead in the championship should incite us to try to control our advantage, but I will be out to win. As we saw in Sardinia, nothing can ever be taken for granted and we canít afford to ease up in any way. Iím expecting it to be a difficult event, especially since our rivals have a habit of going well in Greece."

Dani Sordo finished fifth in Greece last year after being eliminated from the fight for top spot by a number of punctures. This time round, the Spaniard hopes to be able to profit from his experience to target a better result: "It will an interesting event because there are so many new stages. The Acropolis is a rally I enjoy and I believe I can play a front-running role. We were down on luck last year, but we were competitive, so we will try to be consistent and look after our car as best we can. My objective is the same as ever, and that is to score as many points as possible to help CitroŽn increase its lead in the Manufacturersí standings. If that permits me to recover second place in the Driversí championship from Mikko Hirvonen, then so much the better!"


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