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Super Second As Elfyn Battles Tough Acropolis Challenge

WRC title bid still alive after battling display in Greece.


Elfyn kept his championship hopes alive after battling through a tough Acropolis Rally to finish in second place. Despite his Toyota GR Yaris sustaining significant damage to the cooling system on Saturday, he battled through to the finish to score his second consecutive podium finish.

The Acropolis Rally in Greece is renowned for its tough conditions, but this year’s event was made even harder with torrential rain and flooding which impacted the pre-event recce, cancelled shakedown and caused some stages to be shortened. Elfyn got off to a solid start on Friday, despite his road position not being completely favourable, and settled into fourth place as he battled through both wet stages and roads which had dried but had a loose gravel to clean.

Saturday exposed competitors to a long, tough day of competition with conditions worsening on second pass. The rocky roads inflicted problems on many drivers and Elfyn’s GR Yaris sustained damage to the radiator, causing temperatures to rocket. He finished the stage in hybrid mode and made essential roadside repairs to get the car back to service where the TGR mechanics pulled out all the stops to keep him in the battle going into the final day.

Starting the day in third, he set about chasing down Dani Sordo, reeling him in with a sterling time on the opening stage and setting second fastest time on the Power Stage to seal second overall and help secure a dominant 1-2 finish for Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Elfyn now sits 33 points behind championship leader and team-mate Kalle Rovanpera with three events remaining.



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