Volkswagen Motorsport's Sebastien Ogier will take a slender 4.4 second advantage into the second day of Rally de Portugal, the fourth round in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship.

Ogier took the lead in the very first stage this morning, but slipped to second in the next test when Mads Ostberg went quickest. The Frenchman, however, re-took top spot in SS3, when Ostberg rolled out.

Ogier then maintained his hold on P1 in SS4, despite having opted to run with more soft tyres than his rivals, and following SS5 this evening, the short 3.27 kilometre Lisboa super special, he headed back to the Algarve Stadium for the overnight halt having added another 2 seconds to his lead.

"It was a good day for us, even though our tyre selection was not absolutely spot on," Ogier conceded. "The soft tyres were only of benefit on this morning's opening stage, when it was slippery. The rest of the stages, particularly the second stage, were brutal for the car.

"Physically, I still don't feel one hundred per cent fit. Out on the stages I can, as far as possible, block it out. Now at the end of the day, however, I am noticing that I am not my usual self physically."

Dani Sordo meanwhile heads the chasing pack and he enjoyed a good day at the wheel of his Citroen DS3 WRC. Indeed, after setting the pace in qualifying, the Spaniard maintained that momentum and won two stages to emerge as Ogier's biggest threat: "I am very happy," said the Spaniard, "we were fighting with five or six people. We're in second place now which is something I couldn't even hope for today."

Jari-Matti Latvala is next up and lies third, 7 seconds off Sordo and 11.4 seconds off his VW team-mate.

"We made a cautious start to the morning and opted for a mixture of hard and soft tyres to start with," said the Finn. "We switched to all hard tyres from the second stage on. I felt happier the second time we took on the morning's two stages.

"We are happy with third place and our goal is to defend our position in the top three. The competition and the stages will both be even more testing from tomorrow onwards. However, I have a few ideas as to how we can improve the car's chassis set-up for tomorrow."

Behind, Mikko Hirvonen comes in fourth, having lost time after setting his car up too stiff. The Finn set the top time in the SS5, but is now 16.2 seconds off P1 - and over 10 seconds off Sordo in the sister works DS3: "We had the wrong springs," said the Finn, "we really had to fight today and push, but we'll see what we can do tomorrow now."

Thierry Neuville rounds out the top five for the Qatar WRT, ahead of team-mates and fellow M-Sport Fiesta RS WRC runners, Evgeny Novikov and Nasser Al-Attiyah.

"Today has been okay, but I was disappointed to lose so much time on the opening loop," Neuville admitted. "I'm not sure why we did. Maybe it was the road position but also I was not 100 per cent happy with the set-up of the car - we had some oversteer in some of the corners which meant I couldn't push as much as I would have liked.

"We had a better run over the second pass and the feeling was much better. We're only 30 seconds off the lead, so let's see what we can do tomorrow. Hopefully we'll gain some places."

Further back, Martin Prokop is eighth, gaining a place in SS5, when Michal Kosciuszko lost time after his bonnet sprung up. Dennis Kuipers completes the provisional points' scorers: "When the bonnet opened we couldn't see anything [in the Lisboa SSS], even when we were braking to try and close it! At least it kept the engine cool though!" Kosciuszko joked.

In the support categories, Esapekka Lappi won all five stages to build a 30.1 second lead over Elfyn Evans in WRC2, while Keith Cronin currently heads WRC3 and Pontus Tidemand leads the JWRC.

As for retirements, in addition to Ostberg - who as mentioned went out in SS3 - day 1 also claimed over ten other competitors, including former F1 driver, Robert Kubica. Kubica had been running second in WRC2, but was forced out on the road section to SS5 after running out of tyres.

Rally de Portugal now continues on Saturday, with two loops of three stages on the bill. SS6, the 31.12 km Santana da Serra 1 test, is due to start at 10.09 hours local time.

Rally de Portugal: Overall standings after Stage 5 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 49mins 33.0secs M
2. Dani Sordo Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +04.4s M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +11.4s M
4. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +16.2s M
5. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +30.7s T
6. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 17.0s M
7. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 16.4s
8. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 27.9s T
9. Michal Kosciuszko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +2m 37.1s T
10. Dennis Kuipers Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 48.7s


11. Khalid Al-Qassimi Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +3m 00.4s T
12. Esapekka Lappi Skoda Motorsport Fabia S2000 +3m 16.3s WRC2
13. Elfyn Evans Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RRC +3m 46.4s WRC2
14. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +3m 49.4s T
15. Ricardo Moura Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX +5m 01.2s
16. Edoardo Bresolin Ford Fiesta RRC +5m 06.5s WRC2

WRC2 standings after Stage 5 (Top 3):

1. Esapekka Lappi Skoda Motorsport Fabia S2000 52m 49.3s WRC2
2. Elfyn Evans Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RRC +30.1s WRC2
3. Edoardo Bresolin Ford Fiesta RRC +1m 50.2s WRC2

WRC3 standings after Stage 5 (Top 3):

1. Keith Cronin Citroen DS3 R3T 55m 55.5s WRC3
2. Alastair Fisher Citroen DS3 R3T +03.3secs WRC3
3. Sebastien Chardonnet Citroen DS3 R3T +06.6s WRC3

JWRC standings after Stage 5 (Top 3):

1. Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2 57m 25.3s JWRC
2. Jose Antonio Suarez Ford Fiesta R2 +27.0s JWRC
3. Marius Aasen Ford Fiesta R2 +32.8s JWRC

Notable retirements:

SS3. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Rolled M*
SS4/SS5. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC Mechanical WRC2

*Not yet know if he will re-start under SupeRally on day 2

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