Ogier makes historical past with file sixth Portugal win

Eight-time world champion Ogier and co-driver Vincent Landais managed to keep away from drama from 22 difficult gravel levels to take a second win from his 2024 partial marketing campaign by 7.9s from Tanak, who secured his finest results of the season thus far.

Ogier’s run to victory helped the Frenchman eclipse 1978 world champion Markku Alen as essentially the most profitable driver in Rally Portugal historical past.

Championship chief Hyundai’s Neuville produced a powerful drive to spherical out the rostrum [+1m09.8s] regardless of going through the drawback of beginning first on the highway on Friday.

Ogier, making his first WRC look on gravel since Acropolis final 12 months, initially struggled with the steadiness of his GR Yaris on Friday morning. Nevertheless, a giant push on stage 9 hauled the Frenchman from fourth to second only one second behind chief and team-mate and fellow part-time driver Kalle Rovanpera.

Friday’s eight levels proved to be hotly contested as 9.1s coated the highest six after the morning loop whereas 5.4s cut up the highest 4 heading into Saturday.

Ogier assumed the rally lead after stage 11 when Rovanpera misjudged a right-hand nook and clouted a tree which pitched his GR Yaris right into a roll. The victory battle developed right into a head-to-head with Tanak after Friday morning chief Takamoto Katsuta clipped a rock in stage 12 inflicting terminal harm to his Toyota’s rear suspension.   

Tanak had been preventing with the steadiness of his i20 N via Friday however was in a position ship blistering tempo in warmth on Saturday. A shocking effort within the first go of Amarante, 37.24km pushed Tanak into the rally lead by 0.2s over Ogier. The Estonian turned the fifth totally different chief in 12 levels.

Ott Tänak, Martin Järveoja, Hyundai World Rally Crew Hyundai i20 N Rally1

Photograph by: McKlein / Motorsport Photographs

Nevertheless, a sluggish puncture for Tanak in stage 13 value him 13.8s to Ogier who moved again into the lead he would maintain till the end. Again-to-back stage wins in Felgueiras 2 and Montim 2 for Tanak utilized strain on Ogier because the hole decreased to 7.8s.

Ogier issued a right away response to open up the lead which he managed via Sunday’s 4 levels to say the win. The Frenchman claimed 25 factors after ending third within the Tremendous Sunday standings which added 5 factors to his 18 from Saturday along with two factors from the Energy Stage.

Tanak secured a much-needed 26 factors which helped transfer him to 3rd within the championship, forward of M-Sport’s Adrien Fourmaux.

Neuville ran as excessive as second on Friday morning after coping admirably opening the highway earlier than falling all the way down to sixth. Drama for Rovanpera and Katsuta helped climb the leaderboard ending Saturday in third [13 points] after Hyundai informed its third driver Dani Sordo to again off to fall behind the championship chief.

Neuville held onto the ultimate podium spot via Sunday whereas claiming 24 factors for ending third on Saturday, second within the Tremendous Sunday classification alongside 5 factors for successful the Energy Stage.

This helped Neuville open up a 24-point championship lead over Evans, who endured a troublesome rally. After struggling to search out confidence with the arrange of his GR Yaris, misfortune struck twice on Friday afternoon.

First, co-driver Scott Martin left his pacenote ebook on a desk on the stage six time management, requiring Martin to learn pacenotes from a backup model on his cell phone, earlier than the pair suffered a puncture on stage seven. To make issues worse, an overheating situation threatened to finish their rally prematurely, however a roadside restore ensured they reached the end to say the six factors for ending sixth on Saturday.

Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai World Rally Team Hyundai i20 N Rally1

Thierry Neuville, Martijn Wydaeghe, Hyundai World Rally Crew Hyundai i20 N Rally1

Photograph by: Purple Bull Content material Pool

M-Sport’s Adrien Fourmaux delivered an assured, mature and trouble-free efficiency to complete fourth total [+1m47.8s] after ending Saturday in fifth. Sordo completed fifth total having proven spectacular tempo on Friday that included three stage wins. However on Sunday the Spaniard, making his first begin of the season, struggled in foggy situations and fell behind Fourmaux.

M-Sport’s Gregoire Munster had averted drama till his Puma retired on stage 21 after changing into beached.

Jan Solans scored a maiden WRC2 victory for the brand new Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 after pipping Eire’s Josh McErlean by 3.2s. Oliver Solberg, Gus Greensmith and Yohan Rossel loved spells within the lead earlier than drama struck. Solberg rolled in stage 11 after being distracted by Rovanpera’s stricken automobile, Greensmith discovered himself beached in stage 14, whereas Rossel was hit by a puncture and two penalties.


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