Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupe) has Friday the leadership conquered in the Rally of Portugal, the sixth round in the world championship. After nine klassementsritten has our countryman 17.7 seconds ahead of the Briton Elfyn Evans (Ford Fiesta). The Spaniard Dani Sordo (Hyundai) follows as the third in 24.3 seconds. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta) belongs to a group of pilots that the end of the first day didn’t make it.
The first full day of racing in Portugal, made many victims. In the first klassementsrit of the day was the Finnish leader Ott Tänak (Toyota Yaris) with mechanical problems, the battle stop after a collision. Country – and team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala was the subsequent trial on the side with a broken suspension.
At the first middagproef ran the error for world CHAMPIONSHIP leader Ogier. The Frenchman parked his Ford Fiesta between the trees and could not go on. Hayden Paddon crashed and threw in the towel. The British team mate Neuville was as a precaution to the hospital disposed of. The Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyuandai) ran technical damage and had the seventh, eighth and ninth test to pass. The Brit Kris Meeke (Citroen C3) and his Irish team-mate Craig Breen lost again precious time by a number of punctures.
The Spaniard Dani Sordo began as a leader to the middagproeven, but drove around on worn tyres and lost a lot of time. Neuville opted for soft tyres, which in the Portuguese heat would cause damage, but remained as the sole topper spared from bad luck. A unleashed Neuville closed the day of racing, with the fastest times in four consecutive chronoritten. In the state climbs from the fifth to the first place. The Oostkantonner by the adversity of his direct competitors in the world cup mode is an excellent thing to do.
Saturday, there are six rides on the program, Sunday, there are still five races finished.