Despite a time-sapping excursion and a repeat of the transmission problems of the previous day, Burns would enjoy a 17-second lead heading into the final day.
Running first on the road was far less of a drama on the five stages that made up the third and final leg and Burns won three of them to make sure of his first win for Subaru – by more than a minute from Toyota driver Carlos Sainz.
With Sainz’s teammate Didier Auriol, joint leader of the championship after Argentina, having retired the Corolla WRC early on in Greece, reigning World Champion Tommi Makinen sat alone at the top of the tree thanks to third place on a rally that had belonged, this time with no intra-team complications, to Richard Burns.
Acropolis Rally, 1999
1. Richard Burns (GB)/Robert Reid (GB) – Subaru Impreza WRC99, 4h21m21.2s
2. Carlos Sainz (E)/Luis Moya (E) – Toyota Corolla WRC, +1m01.3s
3. Tommi Mäkinen (FIN)/Risto Mannisenmäki (FIN) – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI, +3m40.0s
4. Freddy Loix (B)/Sven Smeets (B) – Mitsubishi Carisma GT, +4m12.4s
5. Markko Martin (EE)/Toomas Kitsing (EE) – Toyota Corolla WRC, +8m41.5s
6. Leonidas Kirkos (GR)/John Stavropoulos (GR) – Ford Escort WRC, +13m56.5s
Photography courtesy of LAT Images
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