Ogier still in P1 with just SSS to go

Sebastien Ogier hangs onto P1 in Portugal and will take a 7.7 second lead into the short event ending SSS.
Citroen Junior Team's Sebastien Ogier continues to lead Rally de Portugal with just the short 2.03 kilometre super special remaining.

Ogier saw his overnight lead more than halved this morning in SS14 and SS15, however on the repeat-run through Felizes and Loule, he was a lot closer to Sebastien Loeb.

Indeed while Loeb was again quickest in both tests, Ogier only lost 0.6 seconds to his fellow countryman in SS16 - despite a small problem at the start when he went wide - and he was only 1.8 seconds slower in SS17. Ogier will now head into the final test with a 7.7 second advantage and his debut WRC win looks agonisingly close.

Dani Sordo meanwhile remains third, more than a minute off the fight for the victory. He managed to increase the gap to Petter Solberg in SS16 and SS17 and now lies 4.6 seconds up on the Norweigan, with BP Ford Abu Dhabi's Mikko Hirvonen 8.4 seconds further back in fifth.

Stobart Ford's Matt Wilson rounds out the top six, followed by Mads Ostberg, Federico Villagra, Khalid Al-Qassimi and Kimi Raikkonen in positions 7 through to 10. Raikkonen had been eighth, but slipped down to 10th in SS16.

The final test, the second run through the event opening 2.03 km SSS Estadio Algarve, now begins at 13.55 hours local time.

Rally de Portugal: Overall standings after Stage 17 (Top 10):

1. Sébastien Ogier Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC 3hours 49mins 04.2secs M
2. Sébastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +00mins 07.7secs M
3. Dani Sordo Citroen Total WRT C4 WRC +01min 18.4secs M
4. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen C4 WRC +01mins 23.0secs A8
5. Mikko Hirvonen BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +01min 31.4secs M
6. Matthew Wilson Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC +07mins 11.4secs M
7. Mads Ostberg Adapta Subaru Impreza WRC +07mins 26.4secs A8
8. Federico Villagra Ford Focus RS WRC 08 +10mins 38.1secs M
9. Khalid Al-Qassimi BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC +10mins 55.9secs A8
10. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC +11mins 35.2secs M

SWRC Standings after Stage 17 (Top 3):

1. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta S2000 4hours 05mins 15.0secs S
2. Xavier Pons Ford Fiesta S2000 +03mins 30.9secs S
3. Michal Kosciuszko Ford Fiesta S2000 +05mins 25.1secs S

JWRC Standings after Stage 17 (Top 3):

1. Kevin Abbring Renault Clio R3 4hours 25mins 13.4secs J
2. Karl Kruuda Suzuki Swift S1600 +05mins 47.6secs J
3. Aaron Burkart Suzuki Swift S1600 +11mins 16.1secs J

Notable retirements:

SS4. Ken Block Monster WRT Focus RS WRC Roll cage damage A8
SS7. Thierry Neuville Citroen C2 S1600 Crashed J
SS9. Jari-Matti Latvala BP Ford Abu Dhabi Focus RS WRC Crashed M
SS13. Jean-Marie Cuoq Peugeot 307 WRC Unknown A8
SS15. Henning Solberg Stobart VK Ford Focus WRC Mechanical M

all times unofficial

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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F) Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
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