Behind the WRC drivers, arguably the biggest cheer at the stadium finish, however, was saved for Production WRC winner Armindo Araujo, who delighted his local fans by completing victory in his Mitsubishi Lancer.
Despite not always being the quickest driver in the class, Araujo was one of the few to avoid any problems, unlike expected frontrunners Patrik Sandell, Patrik Flodin and Nasser Al-Attiyah. Winning by more than a minute, Araujo is also the new leader in the overall standings.
Having hit problems early on, Martin Prokop's perseverance was rewarded with a second place finish, the Czech driver snatching the position on the final stage when Eyvind Brynhildsen hit mechanical woes. The Norwegian did make it to the finish, however, to claim third in class.
In Junior WRC, Michal Kosciuszko completed victory by a huge margin, the Pole keeping his Suzuki pointing in the right direction to claim a dominant win. Kevin Abbring was second, but more than six minutes behind the winner, while Hans Weijs sneaked third after Luca Griotti rolled out of contention.