An incredible ride to the very end for the crew Rovanperä K. / Halttunen Jonne (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) who win the Power Stage today, the victory in Rally New Zealand and the 2022 World Title.
The Finn took the triple victory by not returning the throttle until the very end of the race, winning two out of four stages today and finishing second in the remaining two stages.
Kalle Rovanperä at only 22 years and one day won the title and became the youngest driver to win the title.
Today, all competitors kept their places in the classification from Saturday, after Kalle Rovanperä, Ogier S. / Veillas B. (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) are second at +34.6 sec, third are Tänak Ott / Järveoja M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) at +48.5.
Paddon Hayden / Kennard John (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) finished 6th and first in RC2.
This is what the 2022 champion Kalle Rovanperä said: It's quite a big relief after such a good season and finally we are here! It was a small wait after a few difficult rallies, but the biggest thanks goes to the team - they made this rocket this year. Even after all the difficult rallies they were believing in us and giving us all the support.
In the general classification after Rally New Zealand, Kalle Rovanperä (champion) has 237 points, second is Ott Tanak with 173 points, third is Thierry Neuville with 144 points.
There are two rounds left until the end of the season, respectively Rally Catalunya (20-23 October) and Rally Japan (10-13 November).
Rovanperä K. / Halttunen Jonne (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) lead Rally New Zealand after the first two days of the race. Rovanpera has a comfortable lead of 29 seconds over Ogier S. / Veillas B. (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1). The third place goes to the crew Tänak Ott / Järveoja M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) with a lag of 46.4 seconds. If they have no technical issues or crashes these three crews are sure favorites for the podium ahead of the last 4 stages tomorrow.
Breen Craig / Nagle Paul (Ford Puma Rally1) led through the early stages of the race, but an accident in stage five put them out of the race.
Neuville T. / Wydaeghe M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) gradually lost time, having spins in two consecutive stages and losing around 15 seconds for each.
Ogier S. / Veillas B. (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) took the lead when in the last stage of day 1 he dropped to third place, 6.7 seconds behind Tänak Ott / Järveoja M.
(Hyundai i20 N Rally1).
Rovanperä took the lead in special stage number 9, and in the same stage Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott went off the track and damaged the rear of the car.
In stage number 10 two crews that of Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott and Greensmith Gus / Andersson Jonas crashed and the stage had to be withdrawn.
The last stage today was also marked by heavy downpour.
First in RC2 are Paddon Hayden / Kennard John (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) and they are 6th overall.
Rovanperä, who has a birthday today, celebrates his 22nd birthday, can become the youngest world champion after only 4 stages.
Thierry Neuville won his first race of 2022. After a series of problems this season, Neuville won Rally Acropolis 10th round of the championship.
Second place goes to Tänak Ott / Järveoja M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) 15.0 seconds behind.
The following are by large margins, with third place going to Sordo Dani / Carrera C. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) at +1:49.7.
Neuville's biggest competitor in Greece was Loeb Sébastien / Galmiche I. (Ford Puma Rally1), leading the field in the early stages of the race.
After the long 8th special stage Pyrgos 1 of 33.2 km Sebastien Loeb had problems with alternator belt after finish line. So Loeb lost the opportunity to fight for the victory in Greece.
In the following ninth special stage Rovanperä Kalle / Halttunen Jonne came off the course and continued but at a slow speed losing time.
Technical problems for Greensmith Gus / Andersson Jonas in stage 11 and Neuville had battery problems but still continued.
Another favorite dropped out in the following 12th stage - Lappi Esapekka / Ferm Janne after car problems.
Suninen Teemu / Markkula Mikko crashed out in the final stage on Saturday.
And today, Sunday, in the first stage of the day, Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott dropped out after problems with the car's turbo. They were in 4th position in the competition.
In the last stage of Rally Acropolis, Thierry Neuville was extremely careful, losing 14.3 seconds, but still the advance allowed him this insurance.
Power Stage won by Tänak Ott / Järveoja M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1).
First in RC2 are Lindholm Emil / Hämäläinen R. (Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo), with the favorite Mikkelsen dropping out early in the race.