The pilot M-Sport sébastien Ogier inherited the lead on rally of Portugal from his teammate Ott Tanaka after the Estonian damaged his left rear suspension on his Ford Fiesta.
Sebastien gradually crept Ott: before the start of the 11th special stage, the Frenchman lost the leader of only 6.3 seconds. But Tanak smartly drove SU 11 and he strengthened his position by winning the first two intermediate grades SU 12, but before the third cut-off he firmly hit a slope and damaged his left rear suspension.
He managed to bring the Fiesta to the finish line, but now he is only the fifth with a lag of 1 minute and 16.8 seconds from Ogier.
“20 kilometers before the finish on one of the points of braking I hit the slope, passing him on the outside. I immediately felt that something broke”, – quotes the words of Estonian WRC.com.
Ogier sympathized Tanaka, saying: “Ott was very good, setting an incredible time in SU 11. I hope he will be able to continue the struggle.”
The closest rival of the leader of the General standings of the season-2017 was Thierry Neuville. Racer Hyundai is inferior 19.5 seconds, and there is another representative of the German team Dani Sordo. The Spaniard plays the leader of exactly 25 seconds.
On the fourth line of the intermediate Protocol is Craig Breen: the pilot Citroen remains a real contender for the podium, because it separates from Sordo only 21 seconds.
The second half of the top ten amounted to Juho Hanninen, Elfyn Evans, Esapekka Lappi, Mads Ostberg and Jari-Matti Latvala.
In 11th place is Andreas Mikkelsen, the leader in WRC2.
The results are being prepared
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