Ford's Petter Solberg has joined his team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala on the sidelines in Portugal after going off in SS6.

Solberg, who had moved into the lead after Latvala got stuck in a ditch in SS5, was less than 3 kilometres from the end of Alcarias 1, the following test, when he also left the road and got trapped in a ditch in his Fiesta RS WRC. It has yet to be confirmed if he will be able to re-start under the Rally 2 regulations.

Solberg's exit sees Mikko Hirvonen take over at the top of the leaderboard and he completed the test fifth fastest.

"I'm sure these are the most difficult conditions I've driven in. In some places I can't see 10 metres but you're supposed to be going flat out. I don't like these conditions," said the Citroen man.

Dani Sordo meanwhile, who re-joined today under the Rally 2 regulations, made the most of being first on the road to take his second stage win in a row. The Spaniard was almost 1.5 minutes up on Hirvonen.