Day two ends early

Friday repeat loop canned.

The organisers of Rally de Portugal have announced that SS8 and SS9 have both now been cancelled.

SS10 had already been axed due to delays [see separate story - HERE], however, it has now been decided that the repeat loop will be abandoned altogether for 'safety reasons'.

Earlier in the day, heavy rain, fog and mud made conditions extremely challenging, with a number of drivers forced out, including overnight leader, Jari-Matti Latvala and his Ford team-mate, Petter Solberg.

The action will now resume on Saturday, with SS11, the 26.22 km Almodovar 1 test, due to start at 09.49 hours local time.

Mikko Hirvonen currently leads the event, 36.3 seconds up on Evgeny Novikov. Mads Ostberg lies third, followed by Patrik Sandell and Martin Prokop [to read the mid-day report – CLICK HERE].

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Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team
Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total World Rally Team

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March 30, 2012 8:44 PM

shows how super rally is so stupid. why should two cars which both crashed out, be allowed in again with a good chance of gaining points? apart from that, what has happened to rallying? the leading drivers cannot cope with bad conditions? more likely they just did not have the right equipment, yet the drivers lower down the ranks were persevering and able to cope.

simon - Unregistered

March 31, 2012 11:22 AM

The cancellation of stages sounds more like poor organisation of the road sections between stages due to the weather than for 'safety reasons'. Didn't anyone look at the weather forecast, this isn't the first time these conditions have been seen on Rally Portugal. Mikko slowed and now leading...nuff said! I am gutted for the Ford boys though.

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