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Gronholm, Ogier hit problems in SS8

Marcus Gronholm's hopes of a fairytale return to the World Rally Championship has come to an end after he was forced to stop on the first of the day's stages in Portugal.

The Finn was running a strong fourth in the Prodrive Subaru, but he is reported to have terminally damaged his car through the second split of the Santa Clara stage.

Although Gronholm got going again, he had lost more than a minute with his problem before he stopped for good.

Gronholm wasn't the only driver to hit problems either, with sixth place Sebastien Ogier also getting no further than split two.

Their problems mean Petter Solberg is up to fourth, Matthew Wilson is fifth, Evgeny Novikov is sixth, while Henning Solberg and Mads Ostberg now round out the top eight.


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Marcus Gronholm (FIN) Timo Rautianen (FIN), Subaru Impreza WRC 08
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