Kris Meeke is very close to its second victory in the WRC. The british driver continues to give no options to their rivals, taking advantage of its position of departure and in the absence of four sections, holds an advantage of 45.3 seconds over Sébastien Ogier. Except for error or mechanical problem, Kris Meeke has everything in his hand to return to the Citroën DS3 WRC to the top of the podium in a year of transition in which the French firm is out of the championship as a team official. The provisional podium is completed by Andreas Mikkelsen after overtaking Dani Sordo in the closed battle for the third position.
After a first day marked by accidents and fires, the second stage of the Rally of Portugal derives from the other key. The sections to be cleaned much more with the passage of the cars, which together with the condition for longer stretches, and with greater amounts of loose gravel gave an advantage even more great pilots that came out in positions delayed. And from the first minute the leader we took advantage of that. Kris Meeke is also noted the scratch on the SS10, extending his advantage over Ogier in 6.7 seconds. Eric Camilli was the other great protagonist of this first special stage to finish third.
despite this new condition, the dropouts do not delay occur. Stéphane Lefebvre was left out of the race after breaking the suspension of his Citroën DS3 WRC, the same problem that I had to back Khalid Al-Qassimi, leaving Kris Meeke as a single pilot Vehicle in competition. While the british wrote down the full of scratch at the loop of the morning, Thierry Neuville abandoned, left without petrol and Kevin Abbrin was out of the race for the second time. In ‘Amarante’, stretch more throughout the day, Andreas Mikkelsen he snatched the third position, Dani Sordo, suffering from lack of feeling with the i20 WRC.
The loop evening began with another dynamic, every time that Kris Meeke was beginning to speculate with their advantage and Andreas Mikkelsen launched a full offensive to consolidate his podium. The own Mikkelsen is noted the scratch in the second pass through ‘Baiao’ and ‘Marao’, charging them to Dani Sordo more than 15 seconds almost discarded the Spanish to get to reach the podium. Worse were the things the swede Pontus Tidemand who suffered a puncture, incidence that not only was the octave position of the general, but provisionally in the lead of the category WRC2.
After cleaving the fog in ‘Marao’, the rain was an act of
presence in the second pass by ‘Amarante’, although in a very weak and
light. Perhaps spurred on by this fact or simply by the fact of defending themselves
the blunt attack of Andreas Mikkelsen, Sébastien Ogier is scored the
last scratch of the day, what he was worth to keep the second position
ahead of his team-mate. Dani Sordo was the best pilot in the margin
of the Volkswagen, recovering sensations although without options to fight for
the podium. Kris Meeke without taking risks is left 12.4 seconds in this stretch.
All in all, Kris Meeke holds a lead of 45.3 seconds
about Sébastien Ogier in the face of a last day in the that should not have
problems to get the victory. More interesting will be the battle between
Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen, separated by 3.1 seconds in the fight for
the podium. Dani Sordo in no man’s land is room, without opposition a Eric
Camilli that is saving to M-Sport to have another rally very discreet.
Jari-Matti Latvala a puncture-proof by-, Mads Ostbergs, Martin Prokop, Pontus Tidemand and Nicholas
Fuchs rounded off the top ten after the second stage.
despite the aforementioned prick, Pontus Tidemand is the leader
of WRC2. The Swedish saw as his advantage to a minute and a half on Nicolas Fuchs
evaporated with this problem, but with an aggressive riding style to the controls
Skoda Fabia R5, the official pilot of the mark Czech getting an advantage of 32
seconds on Fuchs ‘Amarante’. Marius Aasen complete the podium
provisional. With Elfyn Evans out of the race after breaking the suspension of your
Ford Fiesta R5 Evo, José Antonio ‘Rocket’ Suárez wheel the thirteenth of the
category. With 4:30 minutes accumulated penalty and affected by the fog, little more can be done.
Martin Koci is a leader in the Junior WRC and fastest man
among the vehicles of two motor, every time that Simone Tempestini has had
certain problems throughout the day. Despite this, the Italian is
it keeps to half a minute of Koci and 26.8 seconds ahead of Terry Folb,
third place in the Junior World. For his part, the first appointment of the Drive DMACK
it is a thing of Bernardo Sousa. The Portuguese rider has an advantage of 40 seconds
about Osian Pryce. Max Vatanen is the third-ranked in this cup-brand.
Classification after SS15 of the 50th Rally of Portugal
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS3 WRC||3:16:11.4|
|2nd||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+45.3|
|3rd||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+48.4|
|4th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||+1:20.0|
|5th||Eric Camilli||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+3:04.2|
|6th||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||+4:07.8|
|7th||Mads Ostberg||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+6:32.8|
|8th||Martin Prokop||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+8:11.8|
|9th||Pontus Tidemand||Skoda Fabia R5||+9:54.2|
|10th||Nicolas Fuchs||Skoda Fabia R5||+10:26.2|
The third stage of the Rally of Portugal will start on Sunday at 08:04 hours. The pilots will compete in four sections, which include two passes to the legendary special ‘Fafe’, where she played the Power Stage. 67,32 kilometres against the clock serves to close the rally.