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Rally Portugal: SS5 - Hirvonen takes charge

SS5 – Ourique (23.42km): Hirvonen wins his first stage of the rally to jump from third to first after Sordo loses time; The Spaniard drops to third, with Gronholm holding steady in second, 3.8secs adrift of Hirvonen. Loeb is second quickest on the stage, ahead of Ogier. Al-Attiyah now holds almost a minute over Flodiin in PWRC, while Kosciuszko leads JWRC.

Top ten stage times for SS5:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 14mins 27.3secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +5.2secs M
3. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +6.8secs A8
4. Marcus Gronholm Prodrive Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +7.0secs A8
5. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +10.2secs A8
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +12.3secs MT
7. Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +13.4secs MT
8. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +14.9secs MT
9. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +20.1secs A8
10. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +21.7secs M


Overall times after SS5:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 57mins 48.4secs M
2. Marcus Gronholm Prodrive Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +3.8secs A8
2. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +15.3secs M
3. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +21.5secs M
4. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +42.2secs A8
5. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +54.8secs MT
8. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +56.5secs A8
7. Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +57.1secs MT
6. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +1min 12.1secs MT
10. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +2mins 11.1secs A8
11. Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +2min 35.6secs MT
12. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +2mins 55.2secs MT
13. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +3mins 08.2secs A8
14. Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza N14 +4mins 20.9secs P
15. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +5mins 16.3secs P
16. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza N14 +5mins 17.7secs P
17. Peter van Merksteijn Jr Ford Focus RS WRC 06 +5mins 24.1secs A8
18. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +5mins 26.1secs P
19. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +5mins 34.1secs P
20. Andis Neiksans Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +6mins 40.8secs P


Overall PWRC after SS5/ Top 3:

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza N14 1hr 02mins 09.2secs P
2. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +55.4secs P
3. Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza N14 +56.8secs P


Overall JWRC after SS5/Top 3:

1. Michal Kosciuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 1hr 05mins 09.2secs J
2. Yoann Bonato Suzuki Swift S1600 +26.6secs J
3. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio +34.6secs J

Notable retirements:

SS4 - Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC Off the Road

* denotes elected/able to re-start under SupeRally format.


all times unofficial

M - denotes Manufacturer entry.
MT - denotes Manufacturer Team entry.
P - denotes Production Car WRC entry.
J – denotes JWRC entry


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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen(FIN), Ford Focus RS WRC08, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Monza, [Credit: Hyundai Motorsport]
Podium 1st Australian - Molly Taylor (AUS) Bill Hayes (AUS) Subaru Impreza WRX Sti
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Lorenzo Bertelli (ITA) Simone Scattolin (ITA) Ford RS WRC
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Podium, 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium - Volkswagen
Podium 1st Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 2nd Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, 3rd Thierry Neuville (BEL) Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Podium - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) Anders Jaeger Synnevag (NOR) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Mads Ostberg (NOR) Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Sebastien Ogier (FRA) Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC

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