SS17 - S.Bras Alportel (16.23km): Hirvonen wins the penultimate stage, but Loeb moves closer to victory just behind him. Drama just behind as Wilson stops close to the end of the stage and Rautenbach crashes. Their problems promote Henning Solberg and Mads Ostberg up to fifth and sixth, while Villagra and Al-Qassimi now round out the points. Stage is stopped after Rautenbach's car catches fire, neutral times set to be awarded.

Top ten stage times for SS17:

1. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC 11mins 36.0secs M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +2.4secs M
3. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +8.1secs A8
4. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +11.4secs M
5. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +20.2secs A8
6. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +37.6secs A8
7. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +40.0secs MT
8. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +43.3secs A8 *
9. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +49.2secs MT
10. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +56.1secs P

Overall times after SS17:

1. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC 3hrs 51mins 00.3secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +24.0secs M
3. Daniel Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +1min 48.1secs M
4. Petter Solberg PS WRT Citroen Xsara WRC +2mins 43.7secs A8
5. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +5mins 50.3secs MT
6. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC2008 +6mins 19.2secs A8
7. Federico Villagra Munchi's Ford Focus WRC +12mins 57.0secs MT
8. Khalid Al Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +18mins 17.8secs A8
9. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +22mins 08.5secs P
10. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +23mins 14.8secs P
11. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +23mins 16.3secs P
12. Hermann Gassner Jr Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX N4 +28mins 10.0secs
13. Michal Kosciuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 +29mins 13.1secs J
14. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +33mins 43.7secs A8 *
15. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio RS +34mins 35.4secs J
16. Hans Weijs Citroen C2 S1600 +39mins 58.1secs J
17. Pedro Rodrigues Subaru Impreza N14 +40mins 57.3secs P
18. Vitor Pascoal Peugeot 207 S2000 +42mins 33.8secs N4
19. Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza N14 +42mins 42.8secs P
20. Adruzilo Lopes Subaru Impreza N14 +29mins 14.5secs

Overall PWRC after SS17/ Top 3:

1. Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4hrs 13mins 08.8secs P
2. Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +1min 06.3secs P
3. Martin Prokop Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +1min 07.8secs P

Overall JWRC after SS17/Top 3:

1. Michal Kosciuszko Suzuki Swift S1600 4hrs 20mins 13.4secs J
2. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio RS +5mins 40.3secs J
3. Hans Weijs Citroen C2 S1600 +9mins 26.5secs J

Notable retirements:

SS17 - Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC Off the Road MT
SS17 - Conrad Rautenbach Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC Off the Road MT
SS15 - Evgeny Novikov Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC Off the Road MT
SS8 - Marcus Gronholm Prodrive Subaru Impreza WRC2008 Off the Road A8
SS8 - Sebastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC Mechanical A8 *
SS7 - Peter van Merksteijn Jr Ford Focus RS WRC 06 Mechanical A8
SS5 - Peter van Merksteijn Ford Focus RS WRC 07 Off the Road A8
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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