Acropolis Rally: Latvala into lead after Novikov drama
|Saturday, June 1st 2013, 10:46 GMT|
Jari-Matti Latvala emerged in the Acropolis Rally lead on Saturday morning as Evgeny Novikov lost first place to a puncture.
But on stage four, Novikov's M-Sport Ford picked up tyre damage that would also have repercussions for the car's brakes and suspension.
That cost him several minutes, and meant he tumbled down to 11th by the end of the morning loop.
Volkswagen man Latvala was best-placed to capitalise as he had outpaced Dani Sordo through the morning to move ahead of the Citroen.
Latvala continued to pull clear of Sordo after Novikov's drama, establishing an 18.7-second lead before service.
Thierry Neuville has progressed to third for M-Sport, with his team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah up to fourth following various issues including a loss of brakes for VW's Andreas Mikkelsen.
Following their Friday problems, Mads Ostberg and Mikko Hirvonen are back up to seventh and eighth. Sebastien Ogier's Rally 2 recovery has so far taken him to 15th.
Robert Kubica is still in the overall points-scoring positions in 10th, as well as holding a lead of nearly two minutes in WRC 2.
Leading positions after SS6: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jari-Matti Latvala VW 1h42m15.5s 2. Dani Sordo Citroen + 18.7s 3. Thierry Neuville M-Sport Ford + 1m10.8s 4. Nasser Al-Attiyah M-Sport Ford + 2m54.4s 5. Andreas Mikkelsen VW + 3m15.7s 6. Martin Prokop Czech Ford + 4m13.9s 7. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Ford + 4m48.6s 8. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen + 6m29.9s 9. Khalid Al-Qassimi Citroen + 6m49.8s 10. Robert Kubica PH Citroen + 7m26.3s* * WRC 2