LIVE: WRC RALLY PORTUGAL | NEUVILLE WINS - 1ST WRC PODIUM SUNINEN!
Victory for Thierry Neuville and Nicolas Gilsoul at Rally de Portugal 2018. A double M-Sport Ford podium, with Evans in second and Suninen in third. It's Suninen maiden WRC podium!
Lappi won the famous Fafe Power Stage, with a time of 6:33.2, a new stage record. Lappi's Power Stage winning time was 5.1 seconds faster than Ott Tänak's fastest time last year.
SS20 Power Stage results:
1. Lappi 6:33.2
2. Neuville +1.9
3. Sordo +2.1
4. Suninen +3.3
5. Evans +4.4
Rally de Portugal (unofficial) results (after SS20):
1. Neuville 3:49:46.6
2. Evans +40.0
3. Suninen +47.3
4. Lappi +54.7
5. Sordo +1:00.9
6. Østberg +3:33.5
7. Breen +5:23.0
8. Tidemand +14:10.8
9. Pieniążek +16:17.3
10. Lefebvre +16:34.3
Still a comfortable lead for Thierry Neuville after SS18. The Belgian is 41.2 seconds ahead of Elfyn Evans.
The battle for third place is still on. Sordo got a 10 second time penalty for hitting and displacing two of the three dividing (hay) bales at the third roundabout of Friday evening's SS8 (Porto SSS). Sordo is fifth overall after SS18, 3.3 seconds behind Lappi and 12.3 seconds behind third placed Suninen.
WRC Rally Portugal O/A after SS18:
1. Neuville, 2. Evans +41.2, 3. Suninen +53.0, 4.Lappi +1:02.0, 5. Sordo +1:05.3, 6.Østberg +3:28.8, 7.Breen +5:14.0, 8.Tidemand +13:36.1, 9.Pieniążek +15:26.8, 10.Lefebvre +15:54.1
Thierry Neuville extended his overall lead to 29.9 seconds during the Saturday morning loop. Elfyn Evans is still second, with Dani Sordo only 5 seconds behind Evans in third.
Kris Meeke had a big incident in the final stage of the morning loop. The Citroën driver went wide in a fast left-hander and ended up in the trees.
Rally Portugal overall after SS12:
1. Neuville, 2. Evans +29.9, 3. Sordo +34.9, 4. Suninen +54.6, 5. Lappi +59.4, 6. Østberg +1:22.4, 7. Breen +3:42.4, 8. Lefebvre +10:07.0, 9. Tidemand +10:56.4, 10. Pieniążek +11:09.1
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Day 2 Start List/Road Order: Breen, Meeke, Østberg, Lappi, Suninen, Sordo, Evans, Neuville, Mikkelsen, Ogier, Latvala
SS8/9 - Massive time loss for Meeke in both runs of the Porto Super Special Stage. Drops to 7th overall, 1 minute and 18.7 seconds off the lead.
Overall after day 1: Neuville, Evans +17.7 Sordo +24.3, Suninen +28.1, Østberg +43.6, Lappi +45.8, Meeke +1:18.7, Breen +2:27.3, Greensmith +6:57.1, Pieniążek +7:31.4
SS7 - Paddon crashes after leading the rally. Mikkelsen retires from the day with power steering problem.
SS5 - World Champion Sébastien Ogier crashed in SS5. The Frenchmen went too wide in a left-hander and is forced to retire for today.
Friday morning report:
Dani Sordo leads Rally Portugal after the Friday morning loop. The Spaniard claimed his first stage win of the rally in SS4 and immediately took the lead from Kris Meeke.
Early drama for Toyota as both Ott Tänak and Jari-Matti Latvala retired after the first two stages this morning. Tänak hit a rock in the middle of the road in SS2, which resulted in high oil temperatures.
In SS3, Latvala had to pull over to the side of the road when the front-right suspension of his Yaris WRC was too badly damaged.