WRC: Sebastien Ogier opens up lead in Portugal
Last Updated: 05/04/14 8:04pm
Sebastien Ogier opens up lead on second day in Portugal
Reigning world champion Sebastien Ogier will take a 38-second lead into the final day of the Rally of Portugal.
The Frenchman opened up a big lead in the afternoon of the second day by winning all three stages in emphatic fashion in his Volkswagen Polo R WRC.
M-Sport Ford's Mikko Hirvonen, who led after Friday's running, could not keep up as he struggled with grip issues that saw him lose huge amounts of time on stages 11, 12 and 13.
Hirvonen will hope his tyre issues will not again prove troublesome on Sunday, with less than a minute separating him from the third-placed Citroen of Mads Ostberg.
The Hyundai of Dani Sordo is running fourth, one minute and 46 seconds off the outright lead and with a near three-minute gap to the chasing Ford of Henning Solberg.
Andreas Mikkelsen is sixth ahead of Thierry Neuville, Martin Prokop, Juho Hanninen and Nasser Al-Attiyah.
M-Sport Ford's Ott Tanak provided the biggest drama of Saturday's running when he crashed out of third place on stage 10, his Fiesta coming to a rest in the middle of the road and forcing the stage to be neutralised.