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Ogier survives scare in Portugal

Drama on final day in Portugal as Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala are both slowed by mechanical issues
Sebastien Ogier remains in the lead on Rally de Portugal, although it has been a dramatic and nerve racking start to the final day for Volkswagen.

Ogier lost over 30 seconds in the opening test, with clutch problems threatening to ruin his weekend. He was back on it in the next test though, and with his issues seemingly fixed, recorded the second best time. The Frenchman now lies 49.3 seconds up on Citroen's Mikko Hirvonen with just two stages to run.

Team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala meanwhile was also dogged by problems in the sister Polo R WRC, and suspected front differential problem saw him lose over a minute in SS12 and over 3 minutes in SS13, dropping him from second to third, although he remains 41.4secs up on Qatar M-Sport WRT man Evgeny Novikov in P4.

Behind, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Andreas Mikkelsen and Dennis Kuipers continue to run in positions 5 through to 7, with Martin Prokop having hauled himself up from P10 overnight to eighth.

WRC2 class leader Esapekka Lappi and Khalid Al-Qassimi lie ninth and tenth respectively, the latter almost 2.5 minutes ahead of Rally 2 runner Mads Ostberg.

The event now concludes with repeat-runs through Silves and Almodovar. SS14, Silves 2, is due to start at 12.31 hours local time.


Rally de Portugal: Overall standings after Stage 13 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 3hours 22mins 57.8secs M
2. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +49.3s M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +4m 01.9s M
4. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m 43.3s M
5. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6m 39.1s
6. Andreas Mikkelsen Volkswagen Motorsport II Polo R WRC +7m 43.3s T
7. Dennis Kuipers Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10m 17.7s
8. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC +12m 23.2s T
9. Esapekka Lappi Skoda Motorsport Fabia S2000 +13m 19.9s WRC2
10. Khalid Al-Qassimi Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +13m 23.3s T

Others

11. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +15m 45.4s M
12. Michal Kosciuszko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +22m 16.7s T
13. Robert Barrable Ford Fiesta S2000 +23m 14.2s WRC2
14. Bryan Bouffier Citroen DS3 R3T +25m 08.7s WRC3
15. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Auto Deutschland Fabia S2000 +26m 33.0s WRC2


WRC2 standings after Stage 13 (Top 3):

1. Esapekka Lappi Skoda Motorsport Fabia S2000 3hrs 36m 17.7s WRC2
2. Robert Barrable Ford Fiesta S2000 +9m 54.3s WRC2
3. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Auto Deutschland Fabia S2000 +13m 13.1s WRC2


WRC3 standings after Stage 13 (Top 3):

1. Bryan Bouffier Citroen DS3 R3T 3hrs 48m 06.5s WRC3
2. Sebastien Chardonnet Citroen DS3 R3T +9m 46.9s WRC3
3. Quentin Gilbert Citroen DS3 R3T +24m 58.6s WRC3


JWRC standings after Stage 11 (Top 3)#:

1. Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta R2 3hrs 01m 23.6s JWRC
2. Jose Antonio Suarez Ford Fiesta R2 +2m 26.9s JWRC
3. Yeray Lemes Ford Fiesta R2 +3m 10.7s JWRC

# JWRC event ended after SS11


Notable retirements:

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

SS6. Dani Sordo Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC Went off the road M*
SS6. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Suspension damage T*
SS10. Robert Kubica Citroen DS3 RRC Mechanical WRC2*

*denotes re-started under the Rally 2 regulations


all times unofficial



Related Pictures

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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sebastien OGIER (FRA) - Julien INGRASSIA (FRA) Volkswagen Polo R WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

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