Neuville holds off Ogier for slender WRC Acropolis Rally lead
Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville successfully defended his lead against Sebastien Ogier during the opening leg of the WRC Acropolis Rally Greece. Despite facing a late technical issue, Neuville maintained a slim 2.8-second advantage over Ogier after a challenging day of competition. Although he only won one of the five gravel road tests, Neuville led the rally from start to finish. Kalle Rovanpera, the overnight leader, was overtaken by Neuville in the morning’s stages. However, Neuville’s hard work was almost in vain due to a mechanical problem with the transmission. Ogier, running on a limited schedule, aimed to take the lead but could only make up 5 seconds after losing his rear wing.