Sports: France's Ogier wins Acropolis Rally 2011

France's Sebastien Ogier won the Acropolis Rally on Sunday, bringing him to third place overall in the World Rally Championship 2011 after seven rounds.

Ogier and co-pilot Julien Ingrassia, with their CITROEN DS3, clinched the 56th Acropolis Rally, after a close showdown with fellow Frenchman and Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, who retains his number one ranking overall in the WRC.

The Acropolis Rally, dubbed the "Rally of the Gods", is the midway seventh round of the 13-round 2011 World Rally Championship.

According to the WRC, the Acropolis Rally is one of the most iconic events in the sport, and winning it earns significant kudos.

The ceremonial start took place beneath the historic Acropolis site at on Thursday evening, with a total of 42 crews participating in what is said to be the toughest race of the World Racing Championship (WRC).

Third place in the Acropolis Rally went to Finland's Mikko Hirvonen, followed by Norwegians Petter Solberg and Henning Solberg in 4th and 5th, Britain's Matthew Wilson in 6th, and Finland's Kimi Raikkonen and Juho Hanninen in 7th and 8th place.

Loeb was first overall after seven rounds, followed by Hirvonen, Ogier, Finland's Jari-Matti Latvala, Solberg, Norway's Mads Ostberg, and Wilson.

The WRC 2011 opened with the Sweden rally in February, followed by Mexico and Portugal in March, Jordan in April, and Italy and Argentina in May.

The next rounds after Greece will be Finland (July 28-30), Germany (August 18-21), Australia (September 8-11), France (September 29 to October 2), Spain (October 20-23), and Wales (November 10-13).


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