Sebastien Ogier is confident he can extend his lead in the World Rally Championship on the Rally Portugal, despite running first on the road on the opening day.

The Frenchman's second win of the season last time out in Mexico saw him leapfrog Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala at the top of the overall standings as the German firm notched up another 1-2 finish.

However, though Ogier - who scored his first ever WRC win in Portugal in 2010 - acknowledges he will pay the price in Portugal by running first on the road, he is unconcerned about the perceived disadvantage.

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"Portugal is definitely one of my favourite rallies on the calendar. It was here that I claimed my maiden win in the WRC in 2010, and Julien and I have won here three times in the last four years. With that in mind, we arrive at the fourth round of the World Championship full of confidence.

"The Rally Portugal certainly has two faces: when it is dry, the surface is very hard and offers a lot of grip. When it rains, however, the ground becomes very soft and muddy, giving you very little traction. I normally much prefer it when it is dry.

"However, we are first onto the route this time, so a little rain on the first day would not be bad for us."