Coming into this rally, Sebastien Loeb leads the championship by a massive 17 points over BP Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen. However, Mikko is now cutting into Loeb's lead after the Citroen driver got a penalty dropping him to fourth place on the Italian Rally. The championship standings currently look like this:

1 Sebastien Loeb 55 pts

2 Mikko Hirvonen 38 pts

3 Dani Sordo 31 pts

4 Henning Solberg 21 pts

5 Petter Solberg 20 pts

6 Jari-Matti Latvala 19 pts

7 Matthew Wilson 15 pts

8 Federico Villagra 9 pts

As for the manufacterers championship, BP Ford are now closing in on Citroen after they had a disasterous rally last time out. The standings are as follows:

1 Total-Citroen 90 pts

2 BP Ford 61 pts

3 Stobart VK-Ford 44 pts

4 Citroen Juniors 18 pts

5 Munchi's Ford 12 pts

The seventh round of the 2009 championship is the Acropolis Rally. It is one of the oldest rallies and is based around the town of Loutraki. Traditionally is has been seen as a car breaker and massive boulders can break suspensions or cause countless punctures. The drivers also have to compete with soaring temperatures in the cars, sometimes it can peak at 50 degrees Celsius. You need brains as much as brawn to win this event.