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Sun 14:41 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for our post event reports from Portugal and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find a massive selection of stage footage, highlights shows and onboards. Bye for now!

Sun 14:38 - We will return
On 9 June for the championship's sixth round: Rally Italia Sardegna

Sun 14:37 - Stages complete
And that's where we'll end our live text service from Vodafone Rally de Portugal

Sun 14:36 - WRC Manufacturers’
standings top five: 1) Volkswagen Motorsport: 145 points, 2) Hyundai Motorsport: 96, 3) M-Sport World Rally Team: 82, 4) Volkswagen Motorsport II: 70, 5) Hyundai Motorsport N: 51

Sun 14:31 - WRC Drivers’
standings top ten: 1) Ogier: 114 points, 2) Mikkelsen: 67, 3) Østberg: 58, 4) Paddon: 57, 5) Sordo: 56, 6) Latvala: 37, 7) Meeke: 26, 8) Tanak: 24, 9) Neuville: 23, 10) Camilli: 14

Sun 14:28 - Portugal JWRC FINAL
1.Tempestini 4h30m15.7s, 2.Koci +36.3s, 3.Folb +46.5s, 4.Dubert +10m43.6s, 5.Veiby +25m09.6s

Sun 13:18 - A quick text break
While we get some driver quotes. We'll be back soon with the Junior Championship positions

Sun 13:10 - Power Stage result
1: Ogier 6m44.3s (3 points) 2: Latvala +1.2s (2 points) 3: Mikkelsen +2.0s (1 point)

Sun 13:07 - Portugal WRC2 FINAL
1.Tidemand 4h10m46.2s, 2.Fuchs +1m28.8s, 3.Aasen +3m19.7s, 4.Pedder +3m19.9s, 5.Campos +4m06.8s

Sun 13:05 - Portugal WRC FINAL
1.Meeke 3h59m01.0s, 2.Mikkelsen 29.7s, 3.Ogier 34.5s, 4.Sordo 1m37.1s, 5.Camilli 4m01.6s

Sun 13:03 - SS19: WRC 2 Pedder
Late drama for the Aussie who spins in the final section and loses third position to Aasen by two-tenths! "It happened under braking. Damn! Stupid mistake!"

Sun 12:59 - SS19: WRC 2 Fuchs
The Peruvian bags second position in WRC 2.

Sun 12:58 - SS19: Ogier
Seb reveals the nature of his late problem: "I had another puncture, so two and only one spare. Luckily it was a slow puncture and I was able to get enough air in for the stage."

Sun 12:56 - SS19: WRC 2 Tidemand
A clean run through the Power Stage seals a fine WRC 2 win for the Swede. "We worked hard to be here. The team did a terrific job. Thanks to everyone who helped me to get here."

Sun 12:53 - SS19: Meeke
"An almost perfect weekend - huge thanks to my team. We made the most of the position we were in and I couldn't have done any more. It shows the DS 3 is still a great car. For me too it's another step. I'm really, really excited about 2017!"

Sun 12:48 - Meeke wins!
He and co-driver Paul Nagle are on the roof celebrating! It's their second world success after triumphing in Argentina last year

Sun 12:48 - SS19: Mikkelsen
Third quickest on stage and that's a Power Stage 1-2-3 for VW with only Meeke to come. A fine second position then for Mikkelsen. "I tried to avoid all the rocks here," he says. "I'm very happy with my performance - probably one of my best. It's really nice to win a fight with Seb in similar conditions. Thanks to my engineer Richard for making the car perfect!"

Sun 12:44 - SS19: Ogier
A massive jump and Ogier is quickest on the Power Stage, 1.2sec up on Latvala. Looks like third position overall for Seb - but he might not be out of the woods yet... "We had some issue before the start again, so I'm happy to be here. What was the issue? I'll tell you at the Service Park."

Sun 12:42 - SS19: Sordo
Fully committed and a few ditch bounces for the Spaniard. He's second quickest on stage and bags fourth overall - that's another good points haul for Hyundai. "A difficult rally, but really good points for the championship."

Sun 12:39 - SS19: Camilli
He holds fifth with Latvala just 5.3sec behind! "I have no handbrake, and I was too fast. Fifth here is very good. A great surprise. Fabulous!"

Sun 12:37 - SS19: Camilli
A spin! Back underway now but he can't afford to lose much time here with Latvala breathing down his neck.

Sun 12:35 - SS19: Latvala
Fastest so far, 3.5sec up on Neuville and it looks like sixth for Jari-Matti. "A big push here, I can't do better than that. If somebody is quicker than me then they deserve it."

Sun 12:33 - SS19: Ostberg
One second slower than Neuville on stage and it looks like 7th for Mads. "A difficult rally to sum up but today has been good. The car works well and it's nice to have a car that does what I want and allows me to focus on my driving. I've been on the limit and a little bit more."

Sun 12:30 - SS19: Prokop
Eighth place for Prokop on only his second rally of the season. "The weekend was good. I'm happy to be back in the top 10. Without such a rally focus this year it's not been easy. I have to work hard to be ready for Sardinia."

Sun 12:27 - SS19: Al Rajhi
Looks like 11th position for the Saudi Arabian. "We fought people here with a lot more experience and I think we did well. I have a lot of people to thank. We'll see what more we can do on our next rally in Sardinia."

Sun 12:23 - SS19: Al Qassimi
Kris Meeke's team-mate is through safely. "It was fun. I hope we have reason to celebrate later."

Sun 12:22 - Stage end guest
FIA president Jean Todt is at the finish control, chatting to the drivers at the stage end.

Sun 12:20 - SS19: Solberg
16.4sec slower than Neuville. "Everything is okay. After the problems earlier the car is okay and we're here in one piece. I'm happy."

Sun 12:17 - SS19: Neuville
He's through in 6m49.0s. That would have been a stage winning time on the first run. Is it enough for Thierry to salvage some points here? "Conditions were better but first on the road isn't great. It won't be a winning time. This rally has been a disaster for us."

Sun 12:08 - SS19: Live!
Neuville is underway. We're riding with him on WRC

Sun 11:20 - Power Stage running order
First car: 1208hrs. Three-minute intervals. 1. Neuville, 2. Solberg, 3. Al Qassimi, 4. Al Rajhi, 5. Prokop, 6. Ostberg, 7. Latvala, 8. Camilli, 9. Sordo, 10. Ogier, 11. Mikkelsen, 12. Meeke.

Sun 11:19 - Next stage: 1208hrs
That's when the first car will start the live TV Power Stage. We'll resume our live text service then. In the meantime, here's the Power Stage running order.

Sun 11:17 - Up next: Regroup
Crews are making their way to Fafe and the pre-Power Stage holding area

Sun 11:01 - Portugal WRC2 after SS18
1.Tidemand 4h03m40.2s, 2.Fuchs +1m18.4s, 3.Pedder +2m55.9s, 4.Aasen +3m13.5s, 5.Campos +3m54.6s

Sun 11:00 - Portugal after SS18
1.Meeke 3h52m10.9s, 2.Mikkelsen +33.5s, 3.Ogier +40.3s, 4.Sordo +1m38.6s, 5.Camilli +3m39.6s

Sun 10:58 - SS18: WRC 2 Campos
"A better set-up for this stage. I'm happy with this position, as lead Portuguese driver. I would have liked third in WRC 2 but that's not possible this time."

Sun 10:56 - SS18: WRC 2 Pedder
Quickest WRC 2 driver so far. "I made a few errors trying to find the right mix of comfort and push, but it's a good time. The car feels great."

Sun 10:52 - SS18: WRC 2 Aasen
"Safe and good. Car and tyres working well."

Sun 10:50 - SS18: WRC 2 Fuchs
"A nice stage. Drier, better."

Sun 10:48 - SS18: WRC 2 Tidemand
"All good. Not trying to push, just doing what we need to."

Sun 10:47 - SS18: Meeke
A solid fourth-fastest time. His rally lead is 33.5sec with one stage to go. "A lot of big stones appearing on the ground. I drove around a few. I'm trying to protect the car. One stage to go..."

Sun 10:45 - SS18: Ogier
1.3sec quicker than Mikkelsen on stage and trailing him by 6.8sec in the overall standings. "It was okay, a good stage for us. A lot of rocks around in the first section so I had to be careful."

Sun 10:43 - SS18: Mikkelsen
Quicker than Sordo by nine-tenths. "I thought I had a puncture on the front-right. I was worried it wouldn't turn in. When I realised it was okay I pushed on a bit more."

Sun 10:40 - SS18: Sordo
He slots second quickest so far. "It was okay, A nice stage, I enjoyed. I didn't push so hard because I didn't want to make a mistake."

Sun 10:38 - SS18: Camilli
14.4sec slower than Latvala. Handbrake issue sorted. Camilli's advantage over the Finn now 31.9sec.

Sun 10:36 - SS18: Latvala
6.7sec up on Ostberg. "A lot nicer to drive than earlier today. I went for a harder set-up this time."

Sun 10:35 - SS18: Ostberg
Quickest so far. "I really enjoyed this stage. When everything works properly it's great."

Sun 10:34 - SS18: Prokop
His driver/co-driver intercom is broken. Co-driver Jan Tomanek had to resort to using hand signals. 'We were laughing about it," says Prokop.

Sun 10:32 - SS18: Al Rajhi
Happy with his set-up for the drying stage. Plans on taking it steady through the final test.

Sun 10:24 - SS18: Solberg
"The car feels good. Pushing on."

Sun 10:22 - SS18: Neuville
"A good clean run, better than this morning, wanting to get to the finish now."

Sun 10:21 - SS18: Lefebvre
"It was okay. The stage was much drier than before and there's more grip."

Sun 10:09 - SS18: Live
Lefebvre started the repeat of Viera do Minho on schedule at 1004hrs.

Sun 10:06 - SS17: JWRC
All change. Tempestini up to first place after overnight leader Koci damaged his car's front-left suspension on the previous stage. The gap between them: 10.0sec.

Sun 10:02 - Portugal WRC2 after SS17
1.Tidemand 3h48m38.1s, 2.Fuchs +1m01.6s, 3.Pedder +2m57.0s, 4.Aasen +3m08.4s, 5.Campos +3m37.9s

Sun 10:00 - SS17: WRC 2 Ptaszek
A nasty looking impact for Hubert who sends his car high over the jump and down into Gorban's ditch. The Skoda collects front and rear bumper damage and his co-driver Maciek Szcepaniak looks in pain.

Sun 09:52 - Portugal after SS17
1.Meeke 3h37m43.1s, 2.Mikkelsen +35.5s, 3.Ogier +43.6s, 4.Sordo +1m35.1s, 5.Camilli +3m26.3s

Sun 09:51 - SS17: WRC 2 De Meuvias
A heavy landing has damaged his car's front bumper. No sign of any serious problem.

Sun 09:49 - SS17: WRC 2 Pedder
5.3sec off Tidemand's stage leading pace and he pulls another 6sec ahead of Aasen. Third position looking more secure. "A lot of Aussie fans out there."

Sun 09:47 - SS17: WRC 2 Fuchs/Aasen
Through cleanly.

Sun 09:45 - SS17: WRC Tidemand
A trouble-free run for the Swede.

Sun 09:44 - SS17: Meeke
Third quickest, 3sec slower than Mikkelsen. "On the first one it was easy to get caught out, here the grip is more consistent and I enjoyed it. Two to go and 25sec ahead - I'm happy. I'm not bothered about the Power Stage - the win is what I want."

Sun 09:41 - SS17: Ogier
Neat and tidy but 2.4sec slower than Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen is now ahead by 8.1sec. "I can't afford to have another puncture so I cannot go flat out. For sure I still try. A clean drive here."

Sun 09:39 - SS17: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far, 3.8sec up on Neuville. "I just need to do my job. A clean stage but a nose-heavy landing which was not so nice."

Sun 09:36 - SS17: Sordo
"Better to be near the front of the field I think. No risks for me here."

Sun 09:35 - SS17: Camilli
Fifth quickest so far and he still has a decent gap to Latvala. "The handbrake isn't working, but it's okay, there are not so many hairpins here."

Sun 09:33 - SS17: Latvala
Seven-tenths slower than Neuville's stage leading time. "A little too sideways in places. I think we can be quicker on the second pass."

Sun 09:31 - Gorban update
Confirmed retired. Front-right suspension damage.

Sun 09:31 - SS17: Ostberg
Third quickest so far. "Good fun. The jumps are amazing, I want to go higher next time."

Sun 09:30 - SS17: Prokop
"Always a nice stage this one but I'm finding it difficult to get into a rhythm."

Sun 09:27 - SS17: Gorban
He puts his MINI off the road after a jump and snags his front-left wheel in a ditch. Looks like the car has broken suspension.

Sun 09:23 - SS17: Al Qassimi
"The one before was my worst stage of the rally so far - no confidence. This one was a bit better."

Sun 09:21 - SS17: Solberg
A calm run through, 20.3sec off Neuville's pace. "Great to see so many people by the road."

Sun 09:19 - SS17: Neuville
A massive jump from Thierry at the end - followed by a heavy landing on the front-left. "I'm driving okay but I struggle with the rear of the the car here. A harsh landing too..."

Sun 09:17 - SS17: Lefebvre
He's through in 6m54.2s. "Tricky first on the road. The car is fine. A pleasure to drive here."

Sun 09:10 - Stage info: SS17
Fafe 1, 11.19km. Fafe is one of the WRC’s iconic locations. It is all about the final 2km where tens of thousands of fans flock to two famous sections. They stand high on the hillside to view the cars heading downhill into a square left corner, before a small section of asphalt leads into a hairpin back onto gravel. Just before the finish is a stomach-churning jump. In the first few kilometres fans have painted the names of their favourite drivers on rocks that line the stage.

Sun 08:08 - Next stage: 0908hrs
That's when Lefebvre will begin Fafe. This one is streaming live on WRC+ don't forget. We'll take a live text break until then.

Sun 08:06 - Up next: Regroup
Crews are heading to a holding zone before Fafe

Sun 07:58 - Portugal WRC2 after SS16
1.Tidemand 3h41m29.5s, 2.Fuchs +49.6s, 3.Pedder +2m51.7s, 4.Aasen +2m57.1s, 5.Campos +3m24.8s

Sun 07:55 - Portugal after SS16
1.Meeke 3h30m50.9s, 2.Mikkelsen +38.5s, 3.Ogier +44.2s, 4.Sordo +1m31.4s, 5.Camilli +3m19.2s Ogier puncture

Sun 07:53 - SS16: WRC 2 Campos
A trouble-free run from the Portuguese driver who holds fifth position.

Sun 07:52 - SS16: WRC 2 Pedder
A big push from the Aussie nets him fastest time so far in WRC 2 and moves him ahead of Aasen into third. "Jeez this car is good. We've built a good lead in third now. It's time to settle down a bit."

Sun 07:50 - SS16: WRC 2 Aasen
"A nice stage. We will try and finish in a good position."

Sun 07:49 - SS16: WRC 2 Fuchs
"Okay. A little slippery in the middle but it's nice."

Sun 07:48 - SS16: WRC 2 Tidemand
The class leader through cleanly. "Maybe a bit too cautious. When you drive like this the car doesn't work as it should."

Sun 07:47 - SS16: Meeke
9.9sec slower than Mikkelsen, and Meeke's rally lead over him is 38.5sec. "Quite tricky. Patches of mud making the grip difficult. I drove a cautious stage but for sure Mikkelsen is on a push. I have time in my pocket so I'll use it."

Sun 07:45 - SS16: Ogier
8.8sec slower than Mikkelsen and Seb drops to third position. Problem Seb? "Puncture." And that's all he's saying. It's a front-right. With just one spare tyre in the back he cannot afford to have another puncture today.

Sun 07:43 - SS16: Mikkelsen
Fastest through, 13.2sec quicker than Latvala, and it looks like he'll move up to second. "I tried to push like yesterday. The grip was good. Happy enough with the stage but I was too careful. I'll try to be more aggressive on the next one."

Sun 07:41 - SS16: Sordo
"Good. "I'm looking at the guys ahead fighting, you never know what will happen. No risks from me today."

Sun 07:40 - SS16: Camilli
"I drove bad. I've not driven this stage before and have never driven in conditions like this." Camilli's objective today is to keep Latvala behind. The gap between them is 51.9sec.

Sun 07:38 - SS16: Battle for second
At split two (11km) Mikkelsen is 6.9sec quicker than Ogier. The Frenchman's overnight advantage: 3.1sec. That's some pace from Mikkelsen.

Sun 07:36 - SS16: Latvala
A new fastest time from the Finn. "A nice stage but I was too aggressive. The rear of the car was sliding around. I couldn't find the grip."

Sun 07:34 - SS16: Ostberg
Quickest through so far: 3.2sec up on Neuville. "A nice stage I think. Slippery in places but good fun."

Sun 07:33 - SS16: Prokop
"Conditions are really slippery. Not nice. It's difficult to find a rhythm. Not really an easy Sunday."

Sun 07:31 - SS16: Al Rajhi
"Good. A difficult stage because of the rain but we didn't want to take too many risks."

Sun 07:30 - SS16: Gorban
"Some problems: The stage is slippery, the sun is low in the sky - which makes it difficult to see the road - and it's a very early start."

Sun 07:29 - SS16: Al Qassimi
The first driver to give us a proper explanation of the conditions. And he doesn't like them. "Muddy and very slippery, every corner is tricky. There are puddles of water in some places."

Sun 07:26 - SS16: Solberg
40sec off Neuville's pace but Solberg seems happy enough. "I do my best."

Sun 07:25 - SS16: Neuville
6.6sec up on Lefebvre but clearly lacking motivation after a 'human error' led to his car running out of fuel yesterday. "Okay, but today is a strange day, how to fill the day and deal with the disappointment. I'm looking forward to Sardinia."

Sun 07:21 - SS16: Lefebvre
The Abu Dhabi Total team driver first to complete in 15m00.4s. Lots of mud on his car. "I didn't have a good feeling in there, I need to check the car," he leaves to have a look at the front wheels.

Sun 07:17 - Stage info: SS16
Vieira do Minho 1, 22.47km. The only gravel stage that has changed from 2015, Vieira do Minha includes a new 1400 metres section at the finish. The stage has a little of everything – sandy sections contrast with a clay surface and wide roads are followed by narrower stretches. The test winds its way between big boulders in the opening few kilometres, but just before the new finish section is a fast road with challenging corners which the drivers will relish.

Sun 07:16 - SS16: Underway
Lefebvre started at 0704hrs. Five cars in stage.

Sun 07:15 - WRC Live
Our radio service is up and running courtesy of Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Stuart Loudon. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Sun 07:09 - Tyre info
All of Michelin's WRC runners have selected the soft compound LTX force tyre for today's stages. Each car is carrying one spare.

Sun 07:08 - Weather
Heavy rain overnight but it's a bright and sunny start in Matosinhos with a temperature of 11˚C. A fine day in prospect with the temperature expected to hit 20˚C. Plenty of evidence of last night's rain on SS16 where the road surface is muddy and slippery.

Sun 07:06 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. Portugal time zone is UTC

Sun 07:05 - Watch it LIVE
Both passes through Fafe will be streamed live on WRC+. Steaming starts at 0800hrs UTC and 1000hrs UTC. Still time to sort a subscription if you haven't already

Sun 07:05 - Start intervals
Crews will start at two-minute gaps

Sun 07:05 - AWOL
Two WRC-class non starters today: Melicharek and Abbring

Sun 07:05 - Sunday's start order
All change. We're in reverse rally classification order today headed by Rally 2 restarters. DS 3 driver Stephane Lefebvre is first on the road. Here's how the WRC runners will line-up: 1. Lefebvre, 2. Neuville, 3. Solberg, 4. Al Qassimi, 5. Gorban, 6. Al Rajhi, 7. Prokop, 8. Ostberg, 9. Latvala, 10. Camilli, 11. Sordo, 12. Mikkelsen, 13. Ogier, 14. Meeke

Sun 07:04 - Sunday's itinerary
Consists of two stages both run twice without a service. Cars left Parc Ferme from 0515hrs. The rally finish is at 1410 in Matosinhos.

Sun 07:04 - Coming up today
Sunday's final day comprises two laps of two stages totalling 67.32km. The iconic Fafe test is the highlight. Enormous crowds will pack the hillsides for one of the WRC’s most legendary stages, culminating with a spectacular jump before the finish.

Sun 07:04 - We're back
At the brown Formica text desk for one more day to bring you news from the stages of Vodafone Rallye de Portugal

Sun 07:03 - Good morning
From Matosinhos

Sat 19:26 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Portugal and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find our live stage coverage and onboards. Bye for now!

Sat 19:26 - We will return
From 0704hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the 22km Vieira do Minho.

Sat 19:25 - Join us on Sunday
For the final, decisive day of competition. Coming up: four stages, 67.32 kilometres and one awesome Power Stage jump at Fafe!

Sat 19:22 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Sat 19:22 - SS15: JWRC Folb
The Frenchman ends the day third overnight in Juniors, 26.8sec behind Koci. "It has been a strong couple of days. We are happy with this place on our first rally."

Sat 19:19 - SS15: JWRC Tempestini
Yesterday's overnight leader is second tonight. "This morning was not good for us and we lost the lead with a brake problem. Okay, we have made a lot of time back and now we are only 30 sec behind first. It will be hard to take first place tomorrow but I will try."

Sat 19:16 - SS15: JWRC Koci
The Junior leader completes after an intelligent drive today. "A good day for us. Trying to keep a good pace without risks. We're enjoying our time here, trying to avoid all the rocks."

Sat 19:12 - SS15: WRC 2 Suninen
Stopped on stage. A sad end after he set a string of fastest times today.

Sat 19:04 - Portugal after SS15
1.Meeke 3h16m11.4s, 2.Ogier +45.3s, 3.Mikkelsen +48.4s, 4.Sordo +1m20.0s, 5.Camilli +3m04.2s

Sat 18:57 - Portugal WRC2 after SS15
1.Tidemand 3h26m05.6s, 2.Fuchs +32.0s, 3.Aasen +2m56.8s, 4.Pedder +3m07.0s, 5.Campos +3m14.0s

Sat 18:55 - SS15: WRC 2 Al-Kuwari
"I'm getting my confidence back today. It took time to adjust after Rally Jordan."

Sat 18:52 - SS15: WRC 2 Pedder
A great time for the Australian, nine-tenths slower than Tidemand, and he climbs to fourth in class - just 10.2sec off the final podium position! "The car is great on the hard tyre, You can't keep an Aussie down!"

Sat 18:47 - SS15: WRC 2 Campos
The Portuguese driver nibbles 4sec from Aasen's advantage. He'll start Sunday's leg just 17.2sec adrift in the standings. "I hope to catch him tomorrow. Tonight I will prepare well."

Sat 18:43 - SS15: WRC 2 Aasen
Third position overnight for the Norwegian but he's under serious pressure from Campos behind. "It's really close and I had a moment in here. Still, I'm looking forward to the fight tomorrow. Third place would be amazing for me."

Sat 18:39 - SS15: WRC 2 Fuchs
Fuchs completes 34.6sec slower than Tidemand and drops behind in the overall standings by 32sec. "No problems in there - just driving carefully. Tomorrow I need to finish the rally and collect points. Second place is good for me."

Sat 18:36 - SS15: WRC 2 Tidemand
Quicker than Fuchs at the final split so he should be back into the lead tonight. "I like this stage. Okay, I have a margin now, we can keep a safe pace tomorrow. We can increase it if we need to."

Sat 18:34 - SS15: Solberg
"I push what I can. It's not easy."

Sat 18:32 - SS15: Al Rajhi
Another positive day on his first gravel rally in the WRC spec Fiesta. "We take a lot of good experience today, tomorrow we'll try to make the car set-up a little harder." Eleventh overnight for Al Rajhi.

Sat 18:27 - SS15: Gorban
"This was all about survival. We have an oil leak in the diff. Hopefully we can get the car back to the service."

Sat 18:25 - SS15: Meeke
Fifth quickest on stage and Kris will take a 45.3sec lead into Sunday's leg. "This afternoon we took two spares and in this rally it's not easy because it changes the attitude of the car. Still, we had a good lead and we still do."

Sat 18:22 - SS15: Camilli
Another decent time and Camilli ends the day fifth in his Fiesta RS. "We pushed in this stage but the time is not so good. No matter, we are very happy with the day. Tomorrow we try to keep Latvala behind." His advantage tonight is 1m03.6s.

Sat 18:19 - SS15: Prokop
57sec slower than Ogier here. "No big dramas today but we struggled with grip in the second loop. Lots of wheelspin all the time."

Sat 18:17 - SS15: Latvala
"I've been trying things with the tyres today. Overall a positive day."

Sat 18:16 - Weather report
Light rain has started to fall on SS15

Sat 18:15 - SS15: Sordo
He completes 12.3sec slower than Ogier. "We improved a bit today, but not good like yesterday. Very slippery. We have work to do."

Sat 18:14 - SS15: Mikkelsen
Slower than Ogier by 2.6sec and he doesn't feel his hard tyre choice was the best. "I was really struggling with front-end grip. It was much looser than I expected. Can I beat Seb tomorrow? Everything is possible. We'll give it a go." He ends the day in third position, trailing Ogier by 3.1sec.

Sat 18:12 - SS15: Ostberg
24sec off Ogier's pace. "I feel like I am driving well, on my limit, and like always I'm surprised to see the time. Normally, feeling like this I should be challenging for stage wins."

Sat 18:10 - SS15: Ogier
He completes in 25m05.0s. "I did everything I could once again but it's been a terrible afternoon for me. The grip was very hard to handle, the rear was off line, and now the weather looks like it it will change - rain for tomorrow is the worst time for me!"

Sat 17:16 - Up next: SS15
Ogier's start time: 1742hrs. We'll take a live text break until then.

Sat 17:12 - Portugal WRC2 after SS14
1.Fuchs 3h0m03.3s, 2.Tidemand +2.6s, 3.Aasen +2m28.6s, 4.Campos +2m49.8s, 5.De Mevius +3m48.8s Tidemand puncture

Sat 17:09 - SS14: Aasen vs Ptaszek
Ptaszek is slowed by a broken drive shaft. Aasen catches him mid stage and nudges his car to let him pass. A few strong words are exchanged at the finish line.

Sat 17:04 - SS14: WRC 2 Fuchs
Takes the class lead from Tidemand by 2.6sec. "I couldn't do more - I was caught in Tidemand's dust for 10km."

Sat 17:02 - SS14: WRC 2 Tidemand
He's through and confirms a puncture in the first kilometre.

Sat 17:00 - Melicharek update
Solberg reports that Melicharek appears to have rolled

Sat 16:56 - Portugal after SS14
1.Meeke 2h50m54.0s, 2.Ogier +57.7s, 3.Mikkelsen +58.2s, 4.Sordo +1m20.1s, 5.Camilli +2m52.3s.

Sat 16:52 - Tidemand's WRC 2 lead
He is back underway but has lost almost all of his lead over Fuchs

Sat 16:50 - SS14: Gorban
A problematic stage. "A strange smell - transmission oil I think - in the car after a big impact. Also a front-right puncture."

Sat 16:48 - SS14: WRC 2 Tidemand
WRC tracking shows his car stopped briefly at 9.7km. Right rear puncture.

Sat 16:47 - SS14: Meeke
5.8sec off Mikkelsen's pace but Meeke's rally lead over Ogier remains a comfortable 57.7sec. "Better than the opening stage but still difficult with two spares."

Sat 16:45 - SS14: Camilli
"Learning more about the set-up of the car for these stages."

Sat 16:43 - SS14: Prokop
"It took a long time for the tyres to warm up."

Sat 16:41 - SS14: Latvala
3.6sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "A good run. A few places where I had to be careful in the rocks but I'm happy."

Sat 16:40 - SS14: Melicharek
WRC tracking shows him stopped at 4.2km. He had been in 21st position.

Sat 16:39 - SS14: Sordo
Second quickest so far. "Like before I felt this one was a bit better."

Sat 16:37 - SS14: Mikkelsen
Fastest again, 5.7sec up on Ogier, and he is now just five-tenths adrift of Ogier's second position overall. "Close to a perfect stage that one. Really enjoyable."

Sat 16:36 - SS14: Ostberg
18.9sec slower than Ogier but seemingly content. "A good stage. Pushing very hard. Very happy with my performance."

Sat 16:34 - SS14: Ogier
He's through cleanly. "Never easy on the second loop. I'm happy with the car and my driving. Nothing to complain about."

Sat 16:22 - Up next: SS14
Stage live. Ogier was first to start at 1614hrs

Sat 16:21 - SS13: WRC 2 Bergkvist
He's stopped at the same place as Al Qassimi

Sat 16:18 - SS13: WRC 2 Aasen
"Very rough in the ruts, stones sticking out everywhere. No risks."

Sat 16:17 - SS13: WRC 2 Ptaszek
"Not so bad. A better tyre choice than the first loop so I'm happy with this. Still angry about losing time this morning with two punctures."

Sat 16:15 - SS13: WRC 2 Fuchs
Same story for the Peruvian, second in WRC 2. "It's all about keeping this place now."

Sat 16:13 - SS13: WRC 2 Tidemand
It's all about preservation now for the class leader. "A clean stage. No dramas. I'm trying to keep going like this."

Sat 16:06 - Portugal after SS13
1.Meeke 2h34m08.3s, 2.Ogier +57.8s, 3.Mikkelsen +1m04.0s, 4.Sordo +1m21.8s, 5.Camilli +2m44.6s. Mikkelsen quickest

Sat 16:04 - Al Qassimi update
Went into a corner too deeply. Front end of the car is damaged.

Sat 16:03 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and compounds (Hard or Soft) of LTX force tyres their WRC drivers have for the afternoon loop: Meeke: 4S&2H, Sordo: 3S&2H, Ogier: 4S&1H, Latvala/Mikkelsen: 2H&3S, M-Sport: 3S&3H

Sat 16:01 - SS13: Meeke
The rally leader 11.7sec slower than Mikkelsen. "A bit of a safer approach. The car is higher, and we're carrying two spare wheels, which affects the balance. This stage was narrow and rough in places. We're taking care."

Sat 15:58 - SS13: Camilli
14sec off Mikkelsen's stage leading pace. "Pretty good, eh? Everything is okay. I'm happy."

Sat 15:56 - SS13: Prokop
"Really rough. A lot of stones. I just try to manage the car. Not so nice."

Sat 15:55 - SS13: Al Qassimi
WRC tracking shows his car stopped at the 3.4km point. He had been in 12th place.

Sat 15:54 - SS13: Latvala
He completes with a front tyre off the rim. "There was a big rut in the last junction - just 500 metres before the finish. It didn't really disturb me."

Sat 15:52 - SS13: Sordo
Fourth fastest so far and stunned by the pace of the Volkswagens on this stage. "My car is good but I can't match those times, it's impossible."

Sat 15:50 - SS13: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far on stage, 6.6sec up on Ogier, and the Norwegian has slashed the overall gap to his team-mate to just 6.6sec. "A really, really good stage for us."

Sat 15:48 - SS13: Ostberg
15.1sec slower than Ogier. "Four-wheel-drive again now. Pushing quite hard."

Sat 15:46 - SS13: Ogier
We're back. And so is Seb. He reaches the line in 11m36.9s. What was it like on the repeat? "Less rough than yesterday but still rougher than this morning." He has fitted four soft compound tyres.

Sat 13:17 - Next stage: 1532hrs
That's when Ogier will start the repeat of Baiao. We'll take a text break until then.

Sat 13:16 - Up next: Service
Crews are returning to the Exponor centre for the midpoint 30-minute service.

Sat 13:15 - Portugal WRC2 after SS12
1.Tidemand 2h28m31.2s, 2.Fuchs +1m22.2s, 3.Aasen +3m35.5s, 4.Campos +3m50.7s, 5.De Mevius +4m46.9s

Sat 13:14 - SS12: WRC 2 Pedder
Just 13.7sec off Tidemand's stage winning pace. "We had to manage our tyres in here. Considering the amount of experience we have in this car I'm happy with the pace."

Sat 13:10 - SS12: WRC 2 Bergkvist
"Disaster. First we had a puncture. We stopped to change it, then I missed a pace note, went off and hit a tree. We damaged the rear of the car. For sure it's fixable."

Sat 13:07 - SS12: WRC 2 Ptaszek
Drops around 4min changing a puncture. He couldn't get the jack to work properly. He loses fourth in the WRC 2 standings.

Sat 13:03 - SS12: WRC 2 Aasen
"A lot going on in there, we passed Evans and Ptaszek"

Sat 12:58 - Portugal after SS12
1.Meeke 2h22m26.4s, 2.Ogier +1m02.9s, 3.Mikkelsen +1m15.7s, 4.Sordo +1m20.6s, 5.Camilli +2m42.3s. Mikkelsen up to third

Sat 12:55 - SS12: WRC 2 Fuchs
Up to second place now following Evans' roll. "A long rally - and these long stages remind me of the ones [at home] in Peru."

Sat 12:53 - SS12: WRC 2 Tidemand
A great time, quicker than seven World Rally Car drivers. "A fantastic stage. Better driving than the first two stages. A shame about Evans. A fight would have been nice."

Sat 12:51 - Hubert Ptaszek update
Moving again

Sat 12:50 - SS12: Solberg
He completes 2m48sec off the pace. "The rear diff has broken. It started to go first thing this morning but I hoped it would hold. Now we have only front-wheel drive."

Sat 12:48 - SS12: WRC 2 Ptaszek
Stopped at 18km. He had been fourth in WRC 2

Sat 12:47 - SS12: Solberg
Driving very slowly on stage. Externally, from the helicopter footage, the car looks okay.

Sat 12:41 - Elfyn Evans update
Confirmation from M-Sport that he has rolled. Crew okay.

Sat 12:41 - SS12: Gorban
Another trouble-free run from the Ukrainian who holds 13th place.

Sat 12:39 - SS12: WRC 2 Evans
WRC tracking shows him stopped at 11.3km. He had been second in WRC 2.

Sat 12:38 - SS12: Meeke
Quickest so far and his lead over Ogier stretches to more than a minute. "Pretty good. Nice and relaxed today. The stage is definitely cleaning. It's an advantage and I'm going to make the most of it."

Sat 12:36 - SS12: Camilli
Just 15.9sec off the pace. "Feeling really comfortable. We did some good times this morning. After that we decided to stay calm. I'm happy."

Sat 12:34 - SS12: Prokop
"With so many cars retired I'm near the front of the field. It's so slippery and I can understand why Ogier gets frustrated."

Sat 12:29 - SS12: Latvala
Quickest on stage so far, 1.5sec up on Ogier and there's a big smile on his face. "Hard tyres at the front, softs at the rear and it worked pretty well. A good feeling."

Sat 12:27 - SS12: Sordo
Dani is 9.6sec slower than Mikkelsen on stage and loses third position to him. "I lost time in the middle here. This surface is more slippery that yesterday. The car is moving a lot more at the rear."

Sat 12:25 - SS12: Mikkelsen
Three-tenths slower than Ogier. "We tried to keep a good pace but the rhythm here was not what I wanted." Will it be enough to snatch third from Sordo?

Sat 12:23 - SS12: Ostberg
With two broken driveshafts he's no match for Ogier. He completes 2m08.5sec slower. "A very good stage with front-wheel drive only."

Sat 12:20 - SS12: Ogier
He completes in 25m19.9s. "Really good to be honest. I'm on the limit. Happy with my drive. I couldn't do more than that."

Sat 12:01 - Stage info: SS12
Amarante 1, 37.67km. The rally’s longest stage has a new name for 2016 - last year it was called Fridao - and a tricky opening. It’s wide, fast and flowing but there are plenty of corners among trees which are close to the road. The surface is smooth with a fine layer of gravel on top, but there are also short stretches of asphalt and cobbles. The middle section runs down one side of a valley before returning up the other side and offers great viewing for specators.

Sat 12:00 - Up next: SS12
Ogier started Amarante at 1152hrs

Sat 11:41 - Portugal WRC2 after SS11
1.Tidemand 2h02m28.2s, 2.Evans +43.2s, 3.Fuchs +54.3s, 4.Ptaszek +2m32.8s, 5.Bergkvist +2m53.7s

Sat 11:36 - Thierry Neuville update
The Belgian tells WRC TV that his car ran out of fuel.

Sat 11:22 - Portugal after SS11
1.Meeke 1h57m15.5s, 2.Ogier +53.9s, 3.Sordo +1m02.0s, 4.Mikkelsen +1m06.4s, 5.Camilli +2m18.9s. Neuville stops

Sat 11:19 - SS11: WRC 2 Evans
A great time from Evans, 7.3sec up on Tidemand and he topples Fuchs to take second in class. "Stage was clean enough but in the last 10km the rear grip dropped off."

Sat 11:18 - SS11: WRC 2 Fuchs
11.4sec slower than Tidemand and from the look of the splits he'll lose second place in WRC 2 to Evans here. "I tried to save my tyres here."

Sat 11:16 - SS11: WRC 2 Tidemand
Cleanly through in his Skoda and sounding calm and relaxed. "A good run. Mixed tyres here, not optimal for this stage, but we'll see for the next one."

Sat 11:10 - Ostberg update
M-Sport confirm a broken driveshaft on Ostberg's car. Mads says he has only front-wheel drive now.

Sat 11:01 - SS11: Meeke
Quickest again and his rally lead over Ogier is up to 53.9sec. "That was enjoyable. I wasn't so comfortable here last year. Calm and relaxed this time. We're taking the benefit of the road cleaning this morning."

Sat 10:59 - SS11: Camilli
Close to Mikkelsen early on but he loses ground in the second half. "Incredible, I am not able to get around a hairpin. I need to improve those."

Sat 10:58 - SS11: Prokop
"Good, no problem, just trying to avoid the tricky sections. Nice driving. I'm enjoying it."

Sat 10:51 - SS11: Latvala
"Now I start to get the feeling again. Four soft tyres would have been better, but with one hard compound I couldn't get the grip."

Sat 10:50 - SS11: Sordo
Slower than Mikkelsen by 2.8sec and the overall gap between them is down to 4.4sec. Sordo is feeling the pressure. "More difficult than yesterday. The car is moving around a lot at the rear."

Sat 10:48 - SS11: Mikkelsen
Completes without incident

Sat 10:48 - SS11: Neuville
WRC tracking shows his car stopped at 17km. He had been in fifth place. WRC TV crews report the bonnet is up.

Sat 10:47 - SS11: Ostberg
A massive 1m11.0s slower than Ogier. What's wrong? "Definitely an issue. Some problem with the driveline I think. Maybe connected to the transmission issue, I don't know. Some bad noise early on, now I have front-wheel drive only."

Sat 10:43 - SS11: Ogier
He's through in 16m57.6s. "Okay. The first half of the stage was pretty bad for us but the last 10km was better."

Sat 10:38 - Stage info: SS11
Marão 1, 26.31km. A contender for the most picturesque stage of the season. The opening half climbs on a fast, sandy surface to the rally’s high point at 1222 metres, with hills on one side of the road and fields and big drops on the other. The second part is no less stunning with a fast, wide descent, twisting between big boulders in a slower section at 14km.

Sat 10:37 - Up next: SS11
The Marao stage went live at 1024hrs

Sat 10:36 - Portugal after SS10
1.Meeke 1h40m28.7s, 2.Ogier +43.1s, 3.Sordo +51.1s, 4.Mikkelsen +58.3s, 5.Neuville +1m23.8s

Sat 10:34 - SS10: WRC 2 Evans
Quickest so far, 2.5sec up on Tidemand. Last night M-Sport replaced the turbo on his Fiesta. He is far happier with the performance today after reporting a lack of 'kick' on Friday.

Sat 10:31 - SS10: WRC 2
Leading pair of Fuchs and Tidemand are both through cleanly. Tidemand's class lead now up to 42.9sec.

Sat 10:29 - SS10: Solberg
Back today after going off on Friday. His car caught fire briefly after the shunt and he helped put it out by damping the flames with his underwear. Name me another sport where this sort of stuff happens. Incredible. Anyway, Henning says: "Everything is okay, but nothing to fight for. I just try to get through the stages and check my pace notes."

Sat 10:23 - SS10: WRC 2 Gilbert
Last year's Junior Champion is stopped at the 1.1km point. He was fourth in WRC 2.

Sat 10:15 - SS10: Abbring
WRC tracking shows him stopped at 3.2km. He rejoined this morning after breaking a steering arm on Friday.

Sat 10:14 - SS10: Meeke
A new fastest time, six seconds quicker than Mikkelsen, and his rally lead is up to 43sec. "To be honest there's a lot of cleaning in here and more grip than I expected. Still, I'm paid to drive the road in front of me so I'm happy. We continue like this."

Sat 10:12 - SS10: Camilli
A terrific time, just seven-tenths slower than stage leader Mikkelsen and 20sec up on his team-mate Ostberg. And he seems cool as a cucumber. "A good time, okay, I pushed but I was off the line in places."

Sat 10:10 - SS10: Prokop
28.9sec off the pace. "All good. The grip was changing a lot, especially in the last section. This stage will be very rough on the repeat pass."

Sat 10:06 - SS10: Neuville
"My first time on this stage. I didn't make through it last time. Not happy with my driving here - not as smooth as I'd like."

Sat 10:05 - Lefebvre update
Out. Hit a rock and broke front-right suspension arm.

Sat 10:05 - SS10: Latvala
8.8sec slower than Mikkelsen. "That's a disappointment. I have a different tyre choice - with one hard - and it wasn't working well. It was an experiment."

Sat 10:02 - SS10: Sordo
7.8sec slower than Mikkelsen on stage and his third place is now under serious threat from the Norwegian. He's baffled. "I don't understand where I lost the time in here - it felt good."

Sat 10:00 - SS10: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far and 5.2sec up on Ogier. "I'm sick and tired of going slow," he says. "A good stage. We were fast here last year, now the car feels awesome. Small changes here and there."

Sat 09:59 - SS10: Lefebvre
WRC tracking shows him stopped at 4.2km

Sat 09:58 - SS10: Ostberg
15.9sec slower than Ogier. "Quite slippery in these. I didn't enjoy that at all. Horrible."

Sat 09:56 - SS10: Ogier
He's through in 11m46.6s and sounds deflated. "Really dry and the cleaning effect is not so good for me this morning. I was hoping for some more dampness for sure. Still, this is what we have."

Sat 09:54 - SS10: Splits watch
Mikkelsen 5.6sec quicker than Ogier at the 11km split. Last night team boss Jost Capito told him to up his pace.

Sat 09:49 - Stage info: SS10
Baião 1, 18.66km. Saturday’s opener has two different characteristics. It’s narrow throughout, but the first half is fast between high banks, while the second part is more twisty and slower. The surface is sandy, except for a small section of asphalt. It claimed big-name victims in 2015, with Thierry Neuville rolling and Elfyn Evans ripping a wheel from his car.

Sat 09:48 - Up next: SS10
Live and underway. Ogier began the Baiao test on schedule at 0942hrs.

Sat 09:47 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and compounds (Hard or Soft) of LTX force tyres their WRC drivers have for the morning loop: Latvala: 2H&3S, everybody else: 5S

Sat 09:45 - WRC Live
Our WRC Live radio team of Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Stuart Loudon are on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Sat 09:38 - Weather
An overcast start in Matosinhos and a fresh 14˚C. A cloudy day in prospect with a chance of rain later. Currently there are patches of blue sky over SS10 where it's a warmer 20˚C. Some fog reported on SS12. In short: mixed.

Sat 09:35 - AWOL
No Paddon or Tanak today following their fiery incidents yesterday. Abbring and Solberg are Rally 2 restarters

Sat 09:34 - Start intervals
Crews will start at two-minute gaps

Sat 09:34 - Saturday's start order
It's championship order again today, which puts Ogier on the road first. Here's how the leading WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Ostberg, 3. Mikkelsen, 4. Sordo, 5. Latvala, 6. Neuville, 7. Lefebvre, 8. Prokop, 9. Camilli, 10. Meeke

Sat 09:33 - Saturday's itinerary
Consists of two repeated loops of three stages split by a 30-minute service back at rally base in the Exponor exhibition complex. You can watch this live via our service park streaming cameras

Sat 09:33 - Coming up today
Saturday is the second full day of competition and the longest of the rally as competitors journey east for two loops of three tests near Amarante covering 165.28km. The Amarante stage, at 37.67km, is the longest of the rally

Sat 09:33 - We're in position
At the text desk to bring you all the news from the stages of this weekend's rally

Sat 09:32 - Good morning
From Matosinhos and welcome back to our live text coverage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal

Fri 20:17 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Portugal and don’t forget WRC+ where you'll find our live stage coverage and onboards. Bye for now!

Fri 20:16 - We will return
On Saturday from 0942hrs (local) when the rally resumes with the 18km Baiao stage

Fri 20:06 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight

Fri 20:06 - Portugal WRC2 after SS9
1.Tidemand 1h32m45.3s, 2.Fuchs +35.5s, 3.Evans +53.0s, 4.Gilbert +1m14.0s, 5.Ptaszek +1m31.7s

Fri 20:03 - SS9: WRC 2 Tidemand
The WRC 2 leader rounds off the day in style with quickest time in SS8 and SS9. His overnight lead over Fuchs stands at 35.5sec.

Fri 19:46 - Portugal after SS9
1.Meeke 1h28m53.3s, 2.Ogier +31.9s, 3.Sordo +37.3s, 4.Mikkelsen +52.3s, 5.Neuville +1m12.2s

Fri 19:43 - SS9: Meeke
He's 3.1sec off Neuville's leading pace on the second pass but he ends the leg with a handsome rally lead of 31.9sec.

Fri 19:36 - SS9: Neuville
Quickest again so far on the second pass. Will it be a double win for the Belgian?

Fri 19:34 - SS8: Meeke
The rally leader completes the first loop 1.5sec slower than stage winner Thierry Neuville.

Fri 19:32 - SS9: Latvala
7.2sec slower than Ogier and he's off to service for some much needed repairs.

Fri 19:27 - SS9: Sordo
1.3sec slower than Mikkelsen on stage. Sordo is third overnight and the leading Hyundai entry.

Fri 19:25 - SS9: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far on the second pass, one-tenth quicker than his team-mate Seb. That's overnight fourth place for Andreas.

Fri 19:23 - SS9: Ostberg
3.2sec slower than Seb (again) on the second pass and it looks like seventh place tonight.

Fri 19:21 - SS9: Ogier
Looked like an inch perfect run from the Frenchman. His time of 1m44.8sec should keep him second to Meeke tonight.

Fri 19:19 - SS9: Ogier
On track again for his second run.

Fri 19:18 - SS8: Lefebvre
He fluffs one of the 360 degree donut turns and destroys a column of tyres. No damage to the car though.

Fri 19:15 - SS8: Neuville
His car missing its front left wing and headlight after his earlier puncture. It's s great run though - fastest so far in 1m46.9s

Fri 19:14 - SS8: Latvala
A tight and twisty stage is just what Latvala doesn't need with no power steering. He's slowest through so far, 7.4sec off Ogier's pace.

Fri 19:11 - SS8: Sordo
Fourth-tenths slower than Ogier but it's a ragged run from the Spaniard who clips a wall and a tyre chicane.

Fri 19:10 - SS8: Mikkelsen and Ostberg
Mikkelsen two-tenths slower than Ogler, Ostberg 3.2sec adrift.

Fri 19:08 - Packed Porto!
Thousands of spectators lining the route, watching the cars slide around the cobbled streets

Fri 19:06 - SS8: Ogier
He's through in 1m47.0s. He'll be back on stage again shortly for the second pass as SS9.

Fri 19:00 - Up next: Porto Street Stage
Stage live at 1903hrs. Follow the action on WRC+

Fri 18:54 - SS7: JWRC Veiby
Sixth in class and almost 2min off the lead after his earlier puncture. "Not the best morning but now these two stages have been good. We are driving well. I still want to win. I will try."

Fri 18:45 - SS7: WRC 2 Pedder
Down in 15th place after a puncture earlier today. "These two were very rough stages, it was just a case of managing the car. This is a beautiful car to drive but it has some idiosyncrasies that I need to get used to."

Fri 18:42 - SS7: WRC 2 Loubet
Stopped to change a puncture. Front-right.

Fri 18:40 - SS7: WRC 2 Parn
Stopped to change a puncture on the front-left corner. He completes with a section of the replacement wheel rim missing. Is there enough wheel left to get him around tonight's street stage?

Fri 18:29 - SS7: WRC 2 Maurin
Front-left puncture. "Not one stage good for us today. We are very unlucky on this rally. It's incredible."

Fri 18:28 - SS7: WRC 2 Kopecky
"I think this is the end of the road for us. We had a puncture on the previous stage, another one here, and I have only one spare."

Fri 18:26 - Portugal WRC2 after SS7
1.Tidemand 1h29m05.7s, 2.Fuchs +30.7s, 3.Evans +40.6s, 4.Gilbert +1m11.2s, 5.Ptaszek +1m25.6s

Fri 18:23 - SS7: WRC 2 Suarez
His car still looks battered after its earlier roll. The boot of his Peugeot is wide open and the cockpit is full of dust. "We are still learning, we are pleased to be here."

Fri 18:18 - Portugal after SS7
1.Meeke 1h25m18.2s, 2.Ogier +35.2s, 3.Sordo +39.0s, 4.Mikkelsen +55.5s, 5.Neuville +1m16.8s

Fri 18:15 - SS5 times confirmed
Stewards have awarded Meeke the winning time: 19m20.6s. And that secures his rally lead. Top five summary coming up...

Fri 18:12 - SS7: WRC 2 Al-Kuwari
"The stages are difficult and I have no confidence. A very bad day for me - I'm far away."

Fri 18:10 - SS7: WRC 2 Tidemand
The WRC 2 leader completes 4.6sec slower than Fuchs. "We had a really good morning, then this afternoon we got a slow puncture on the second stage. I took it really carefully here to make sure I didn't get another."

Fri 18:07 - SS7: WRC 2 Fuchs
A terrific time 5.6sec quicker than Evans. "An amazing rally, these stages are incredible. A long way to go."

Fri 18:05 - SS7: WRC 2 Ptaszek
"A good job today. Happy with the work in the car. Eight seconds behind Evans is okay. We are here to learn and keep the car in one piece."

Fri 18:04 - SS7: WRC 2 Evans
"There's something happening at the rear - perhaps a broken roll bar. After Pontus' performance this morning, it doesn't look like it's going to be our weekend."

Fri 17:58 - SS7: Al Qassimi
"I must give Kris Meeke credit for what he has done today - this rally is a car crusher."

Fri 17:55 - SS7: Meeke
Quickest on stage and it looks like the lead of the rally tonight. "It's been good. There's a good atmosphere in the car, I'm enjoying it. A perfect day up to now. Okay, I expect we'll lose a bit of time on the final stage because we don't have the soft tyres. There's still a bit of confusion about the time on the cancelled stage. I'll leave that to the team to resolve."

Fri 17:51 - SS7: Camilli
Fifth quickest on stage, one-tenth slower than Ostberg. "That's good. I have a good feeling with the car and my driving rhythm. I'm quicker than I expected to be after Argentina."

Fri 17:47 - Solberg update
Car off road. Crew okay and trying to get the car back on.

Fri 17:46 - SS7: Prokop
"I want to go fast, but with so many stones it is impossible."

Fri 17:42 - SS7: Lefebvre
Third quickest so far on stage - just one second slower than stage leader Mikkelsen. "A very good loop for us. We don't have much experience in these conditions. I'm learning a lot."

Fri 17:40 - SS7: Neuville
A flat front tyre and wing damage, just like his team-mate Sordo. "The valve was leaking on the start but we ran out of time and had to go. It lasted well but it was flat for the last five kilometres." Like Sordo the time loss is not too bad - he completes 10.8sec off the pace.

Fri 17:39 - SS7: Latvala
"I'm really pleased that we are here despite the damage. With no power steering you are fighting with the car. Nobody has the power to drive these cars like this - the steering racks now are so quick. One time I thought we would go off. After that I had to back off."

Fri 17:36 - SS7: Solberg
WRC tracking shows his car stopped at the 5.4km point

Fri 17:35 - SS7: Sordo
He has a front left puncture and is furious. He throws his gloves onto the dash. "It happened in the middle of the stage. I don't know where exactly." His time considering this is pretty good - just 11.1sec slower than Mikkelsen.

Fri 17:32 - SS7: Mikkelsen
Fastest so far in 11m27.6s. "It's been alright. I improved my driving today and have found a good rhythm for tomorrow. I'm happy with my performance. Early on I was a bit careful in places, now I'm trying to attack the corners more."

Fri 17:30 - SS7: Ostberg
Six seconds slower than Ogier. "I've been more on the pace this afternoon. The grip is high and the gearbox is giving me the confidence. I try to increase my speed step-by-step. Everything is working now."

Fri 17:26 - SS7: Ogier
He completes in 11m28.s. "A really tough few stages. Much more work for me this afternoon. It's very difficult. Still, happy to be here."

Fri 17:22 - SS6: Tidemand
Another fastest time in WRC 2. And he did it with a puncture too.

Fri 17:17 - Up next: SS7
Ogier underway. He started the stage at 1712hrs

Fri 17:16 - Overall times
Still to be confirmed following the yellow flag on SS5. We'll bring you the top five summaries when they are confirmed

Fri 17:07 - SS6: Al Qassimi
"Very, very rough. No traction at all. Glad to be here."

Fri 17:03 - SS6: Meeke
Quickest so far, 2.8sec up on Sordo. "We just had to drive through the previous stage [after it was yellow flagged] and that was a shame because we had a good tyre choice. Here we made the most of them."

Fri 17:01 - SS6: Camilli
"A fine stage. I have made a good step in these conditions compared to Argentina."

Fri 16:56 - SS6: Prokop
"Very rough and lots of stones. I am not confident about hitting them in my car."

Fri 16:54 - SS6: Solberg
He completes 23.2sec off Sordo's pace. "I'm flat out. Everything is fine." Situation normal for Henning.

Fri 16:51 - SS6: Lefebvre
"The stage is very difficult for the car. It feels strange to drive - especially at the rear."

Fri 16:50 - SS6: Neuville
Third fastest so far, 1.8sec slower than his team-mate Sordo, but Neuville sounds despondent. "I pushed harder but it the feeling wasn't good."

Fri 16:49 - SS6: Latvala
The ongoing lack of power steering costs him more than a minute. He's exhausted - and his hands are causing him a lot of pain. "It's important to try and keep going. The problem is the ruts, they are so hard on my hands - shaking so much."

Fri 16:44 - SS6: Sordo
Quickest through so far, four-tenths up on Ogier. "It was good. I had only two soft [tyres] for this stage and all-softs would have been better."

Fri 16:42 - SS6: Mikkelsen
3.1sec slower than his VW team-mate Ogier. "Happy enough with my stage."

Fri 16:39 - SS6: Ostberg
8.2sec slower than Seb. "Quite rough out there but the car can stand a lot of beating. The gearbox is working better this afternoon."

Fri 16:35 - SS6: Ogier
"Very difficult. Better conditions than the previous stage but I expect to lose time here."

Fri 16:27 - Up next: SS6
Ogier began on schedule at 1623hrs

Fri 16:23 - SS5: Prokop
On the rough road conditions: "They're worse than any stage on the Dakar."

Fri 16:16 - Tanak update
Ott and co-driver Raigo Molder are both okay. Car rolled close to Paddon's flaming i20. Tanak used a hosepipe to save his car.

Fri 16:13 - Paddon update
Hyundai confirm bushes nearby caught fire and the car has been completely burned out. Crew okay.

Fri 16:11 - SS5: Latvala
He arrives at the finish control completely shattered. "No power steering - we hit a hole after the midpoint and lost the oil."

Fri 16:09 - SS5: Stage stopped
Yellow flag.

Fri 16:09 - SS5: Sordo
Quickest so far. Nine seconds quicker than Ogier on a mix of three hard and one soft tyre. "It's good. The car is unbelievable!"

Fri 16:07 - SS5: Tanak
Has gone off - at what looks like the same place as Paddon.

Fri 16:05 - SS5: Ostberg
"I nearly went off at the same place as Paddon. I lost the line in a rutted corner, there were lots of car parts on the road."

Fri 16:04 - Paddon update
Confirmation from Hyundai that Hayden and his co-driver John Kennard are okay. Car rolled and is now reportedly on fire.

Fri 16:01 - SS5: Ogier
He completes in 19m35.4s. He's out of the car to look at his tyres. He's running a mixture of compounds - hard on the front, softs on the rear. "No concern. I just wanted to see the situation. It was terrible in this stage."

Fri 15:58 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and compounds (Hard or Soft) of LTX force tyres their drivers have this afternoon: Meeke/Lefebvre/Camilli: 4xH&1S. Volkswagen: 2H&3S. Ostberg/Paddon: 4H&2S. Sordo/Neuville: 3H&2S

Fri 15:51 - SS5: Paddon
WRC tracking shows his car stopped at 11.9km

Fri 15:05 - Portugal JWRC after SS4
1.Tempestini 50m19.0s, 2.Koci +10.9s, 3.Folb +16.5s, 4.Hauswald +1m10.1s, 5.Dubert +1m55.4s

Fri 13:05 - Next stage: 1539hrs
That's when Ogier, post service, is due to begin the repeated Ponte de Lima test. We'll resume our live texting then.

Fri 12:50 - Service from 1345hrs
That's when Ogier will check in.

Fri 12:48 - Up next: Recce
As they make their way back to Matosinhos for the midday service, WRC drivers are making a mid-leg recce of this evening's Porto street stage.

Fri 12:31 - Portugal WRC2 after SS4
1.Tidemand 45m53.9s, 2.Fuchs +35.2s, 3.Evans +38.3s, 4.Kopecky +44.6s, 5.Gilbert +58.7s

Fri 12:25 - SS4: WRC 2 Maurin
A tough morning for the Frenchman. He lost five minutes unblocking a crushed exhaust pipe and now has a turbo problem.

Fri 12:22 - SS4: WRC 2 Kopecky
Second quickest time in WRC 2. "The first stage was very difficult. A log of fog on the recce and my notes were no good."

Fri 12:20 - SS4: WRC 2 Bergqvist
"Not good. We got caught behind Suarez in the opening stage when he had a puncture."

Fri 12:16 - SS4: WRC 2 Suarez
His Peugeot looks a right mess. "We rolled on the previous stage, I made a mistake - that's part of the game. The bonnet and windscreen are damaged but the car is okay. A lot of dust in the car though. I cannot breathe!"

Fri 12:10 - SS4: WRC 2 Bestard
"I think we broke a suspension arm in the back, we took it very easy."

Fri 12:05 - SS4: WRC 2 Al-Kuwari
"The worst loop of my life. The car is undriveable. Not turning in - nothing. I don't think anything is wrong, it's just the set-up."

Fri 12:03 - SS4: WRC 2 Tidemand
Another stage win and Pontus is racing ahead in WRC 2. His lead over Fuchs now 35.2sec. "A great loop. The car is working well. Really enjoyable to drive. Now I need to carry on like this."

Fri 11:58 - SS4: WRC 2 Evans
The Welshman reckons his car is missing something. "There's no kick."

Fri 11:46 - Portugal after SS4
1.Meeke 44m03.6s, 2.Ogier +11.5s, 3.Sordo +14.6s, =4.Latvala +19.9s, =4.Tanak +19.9s. Latvala quickest

Fri 11:43 - SS4: Meeke
Not quickest this time, instead he's two-tenths slower than stage winner Latvala. There's a strong smell of burning rubber coming from his DS 3. "Perhaps a problem. The handling felt strange after a big impact in a rut near the start. Luckily we have strong tyres."

Fri 11:40 - SS4: Camilli
Slower than Ostberg here but quicker on the two previous ones - that's a great loop for the Frenchman. "Not very good on this one, two mistakes near the end, it was a hard stage."

Fri 11:37 - SS4: Prokop
"No clean line yet, difficult for everybody to find some grip. I tried to speed up in here but I drifted wide too often."

Fri 11:35 - SS4: Solberg
"It's all okay. I'm happy. Big slides in there."

Fri 11:32 - SS4: Lefebvre
"A good loop for us. A puncture on the previous stage cost us 20sec but overall I'm satisfied."

Fri 11:31 - SS4: Neuville
4.6sec adrift of Latvala's fastest time and working hard to find a comfortable pace. "I have no explanation for the first stage - perhaps I was too careful - but now it's okay. I can go faster but I don't yet feel 100 per cent."

Fri 11:29 - SS4: Tanak
Third quickest so far in his DMACK-shod Fiesta. "I'm really enjoying it. Good fun to be back on a grippy road. The tyre guys have made a big step forward."

Fri 11:29 - SS4: Latvala
Quickest through so far, but still far from satisfied. "The car is not good to drive at the moment. I'm struggling with understeer. I did what I could."

Fri 11:27 - SS4: Sordo
Five seconds up on Mikkelsen and the Spaniard is delighted. "An unbelievable stage. Everything is perfect. Thanks to the team for making such a great car for this stage!"

Fri 11:25 - SS4: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far despite a worrying impact. "I drove over a huge rock in the road. A scary moment. I couldn't avoid it. A big bang!"

Fri 11:24 - SS4: Ostberg
"The surface is very loose and the car is over-steering a lot. I'm not 100 per cent happy with the gearbox but we are trying."

Fri 11:21 - SS4: Paddon
2.4sec off Ogier's pace. "Not so bad considering we have a small problem with the diff. It's enough to unsettle the balance of the car. We're trying to drive around it."

Fri 11:19 - SS4: Ogier
He's through in 11m32.9s and jumps out of his car to say hi to former champ Ari Vatanen at the finish control. He seems happy enough, but expects to lose time on this stage. "I could lose easily 15sec here. There is lots of loose gravel - it's like driving on balls. I'm happy with my driving though - I tried my best."

Fri 11:15 - Stage info: SS4
Viana do Castelo 1, 18.70km. This is the fastest stage of the day and also the test with the most loose gravel on the surface to hinder early starters. There are several surface changes and plenty of climbing from 6km onwards. A short section of cobblestones offers a different challenge and the final kilometres run between wind farms on a wide road.

Fri 11:14 - Up next: SS4
Ogier began the Viana do Castelo stage at 1103hrs

Fri 11:13 - SS3: WRC 2 Tidemand
Quickest so far and his category lead is up to 27sec. "A clean run and the times are good."

Fri 11:11 - SS3: WRC 2 Suninen?
Stopped 80m into today's opening stage.

Fri 11:08 - SS3: WRC 2 Fuchs
4.5sec quicker than Evans but Fuchs believes he has to push harder.

Fri 11:07 - SS3: WRC 2 Ptaszek
He reports worn tyres. 10.6sec slower than Evans.

Fri 11:06 - SS3: WRC 2 Evans
First of the WRC 2 runners to complete and Evans is in trouble. "Really struggling with the feeling here and now I have a bigger problem - I don't have a clutch."

Fri 11:04 - WRC 2 update
Tidemand the category leader after an astonishing time on SS2 16sec quicker than second placed Elfyn Evans

Fri 11:01 - SS3: Al Rajhi
"Good. My second stage in the WRC car. A good start. I hope to improve step by step."

Fri 10:59 - SS3: Abbring update
Hyundai confirm a broken steering arm on the i20

Fri 10:55 - Portugal after SS3
1.Meeke 32m36.3s, 2.Ogier +5.9s, 3.Sordo +14.2s, 4.Paddon +14.9s, 5.Mikkelsen +18.8s. Meeke stage winner

Fri 10:52 - SS3: Abbring
WRC tracking shows his car stopped at the 14.4km point.

Fri 10:51 - SS3: Meeke
Another fastest stage time, 2.4sec up on Ogier, and Kris's rally lead is up to 5.9sec. "Quite tricky. This one was slippery near the start - like ice - and then there's good grip. It's very unpredictable."

Fri 10:49 - SS3: Camilli
Another clean run, 14.4sec off the pace. "It didn't feel as good as the previous stage but the time is okay." His tyres are well scrubbed.

Fri 10:48 - SS3: Prokop
"We tried to use the grip more. It was a bit better then the previous stage. Like last year though the feeling is good but the times aren't there yet."

Fri 10:45 - SS3: Solberg
30sec off the pace but grinning as usual. "Okay. Fun to drive. Great fun."

Fri 10:44 - SS3: Lefebvre
He completes with a flat left-front tyre. He's 18.9sec slower than Ogier and is straight off to change it.

Fri 10:41 - SS3: Neuville
Just 2.9sec slower than Ogier and much more competitive than the previous stage. "Okay but not perfect. I feel the rear sliding a lot but our time is better. I don't really know why."

Fri 10:39 - SS3: Tanak
Second quickest so far, 1.4sec off Ogier's pace. "A shorter stage, surprisingly slippery but better than the first one. The tyres lasted well."

Fri 10:37 - SS3: Latvala
Unhappy with his set-up on the previous stage and it's a similar story here. "I can't find a good feeling with the car. It's not working so I do what I can. I know what to do, but we have to wait until service." He's 4.2sec off Ogier's pace.

Fri 10:35 - SS3: Sordo
4.6sec off the pace. "Really, really slippery in places. I lost time near the end avoiding a big, big stone in the road."

Fri 10:33 - SS3: Mikkelsen
"Alright, but a bit careful in places. Not on the limit but a good pace. Very slippery though - a shocker in places." He completes 3.8sec slower than Ogier.

Fri 10:31 - SS3: Ostberg
10.3sec off the pace but it sounds like Mads has nothing more to give. "I pushed absolutely all I could. I have problems with my downshift that I'm trying to ignore - but it's upsetting me a bit."

Fri 10:29 - SS3: Paddon
3.7sec slower than Ogier. "Not good at all. Very slippery. No grip at all. Like ice in places. I think there's something wrong with the car's diff too. One more stage until service."

Fri 10:27 - SS3: Ogier
His benchmark time: 10m37.7s. "All okay, no problem so far. I didn't expect so much humidity though - that took me a bit by surprise."

Fri 10:21 - Stage info: SS3
Caminha 1, 18.03km. Caminha is predominantly in the open with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean near the finish. It uses mainly mid-sized roads and the surface is bumpy, but it’s fast in places with several long straights. The final 1.6km is covered with a thick layer of loose gravel.

Fri 10:20 - Up next: SS3
The next stage well underway. Ogier started at 1014hrs.

Fri 10:19 - Portugal after SS2
1.Meeke 22m01.0s, 2.Ogier +3.5s, 3.Sordo +7.2s, 4.Paddon +8.8s, 5.Mikkelsen +12.6s. Meeke stage winner.

Fri 10:17 - SS2: Meeke
Quickest time on stage, 5.6sec up on Ogier, and the Brit leaps into the rally lead. "Quite good but the road is cutting up quite a lot in there. It wasn't a clean run either - four or five small errors."

Fri 10:14 - SS2: Camilli
A great start and Eric is quicker that his team-mate Ostberg by 4.7sec. "I'm very happy. I have a good feeling with the car. Good notes. Not the best rhythm yet but all under control."

Fri 10:12 - SS2: Prokop
"Interesting. There were a lot of big stones and sometimes I had to change the lines and that took me out of the rhythm."

Fri 10:11 - SS2: Solberg
More than a minute slower than Ogier and it sounds like he needs more time to warm up. "I liked the stage but I struggled. It will be alright in the end."

Fri 10:08 - SS2: Lefebvre
Seventh quickest, 17.6sec off the leading pace, on his first gravel stage since Wales Rally GB last November. "For the first stage that was not so bad. Getting better and better. "

Fri 10:07 - SS2: Neuville
Slowest through so far, 26.7sec off Ogier's pace. "Everything was okay but I was too careful. I saw too many stones and didn't take enough cuts. I can go faster. Getting back my confidence. For sure I can go a lot faster."

Fri 10:05 - SS2: Tanak
Quicker than Ogier early in the stage but the DMACK driver ends 8.6sec slower. "We lost quite a lot there - I think the tyre gave up after 10 or 15km. These are new tyres, we have a lot to learn."

Fri 10:02 - SS2: Latvala
8.1sec slower than Ogier. That's slower than we'd have expected. "A difficult start for me and not the best feeling. I was expecting the stage to be drier. The car set-up needs improving. My driving too. No panic..."

Fri 10:00 - SS2: Sordo
2.5sec off Ogier's pace, but quicker than him at the midpoint. "I lost time near the end because I wanted to save my tyres for the rest of the loop. A good start."

Fri 09:58 - SS2: Mikkelsen
A steady start, 7.4sec slower than Ogier. "Okay, a clean stage, no big mistakes," he says. Sounds like Mikkelsen is playing the long game again here.

Fri 09:56 - SS2: Ostberg
A significant 22sec off Ogier's pace but no mention of problems from Mads. "I pushed quite hard and I was happy with my stage. It's a surprise to see the time."

Fri 09:54 - SS2: Paddon
A decent start, 2.7sec slower than Ogier, but Paddon sounds uncomfortable. "The grip is good but the engine doesn't feel right to me - like it's not pulling properly."

Fri 09:52 - SS2: Ogier
He's through in 19m23.4s. How was that? "A good stage because the conditions are not bad. There's more grip than I expected so I don't have the right set-up - it's too soft. Too much understeer. Yesterday's boost problem is all sorted."

Fri 09:42 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and compounds (hard or soft) of LTX force tyres their WRC drivers have for this morning's loop. And it's the same for everybody: 5 soft compound tyres all round

Fri 09:33 - Stage info: SS2
Ponte de Lima 1, 27.44km. Friday’s opener is wide but extremely twisty, with hardly a straight to speak of. After a very short initial asphalt section, the road comprises smooth gravel on top of a clay base. There are a couple more short asphalt stretches where main roads link the gravel sections and far fewer trees – possibly a result of last year’s forest fires. The longest test of the day.

Fri 09:31 - SS2: Stage live!

Fri 09:31 - Time zones
All times quoted here are local. Portugal time zone is UTC

Fri 09:31 - Up next: SS2
Ogier is on the start line of Ponte de Lima. His start time: 0930hrs

Fri 09:29 - WRC Live
Presenters Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Stuart Loudon are on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Fri 09:27 - Weather
A foggy start in Matosinhos and a fresh 15˚C. A bright and sunny day expected with some cloud. No fog reported 90km away at the start of the Ponte de Lima stage - it's dry and sunny there.

Fri 09:26 - Start intervals
Crews will start at two-minute gaps

Fri 09:26 - Friday start order
It's championship order today, which puts Ogier on the road first. Here's how the leading WRC runners will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Paddon, 3. Ostberg, 4. Mikkelsen, 5. Sordo, 6. Latvala, 7. Tanak, 8. Neuville, 9. Lefebvre, 10. Solberg, 11. Prokop, 12. Camilli, 13. Meeke, 14. Gorban, 15. Abbring

Fri 09:23 - Watch it LIVE
WRC+ subscribers can stream all the action from tonight's street stage

Fri 09:23 - Coming up today 2/2
There's a 30-minute service in the rally's Exponor exhibition complex hub between the loops. The day ends with two laps of a new 1.85km street stage in the centre of Porto

Fri 09:22 - Coming up today 1/2
After last night's Super Special, the rally get serious today with a repeat loop of three gravel stages: Ponte de Lima, Caminha and Viana do Castelo

Fri 09:22 - Good morning
From Matosinhos and welcome back to our live text coverage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal

Thu 20:53 - Until then
Keep an eye on the news section for all the latest from Matosinhos. Bye for now.

Thu 20:53 - Coming up
The first full day of competition. Friday takes crews north for two identical loops of stages near the Spanish border, close to Viana do Castelo. Service in Matosinhos separates the loops, with the two Porto stages closing the 132.04km of action

Thu 20:52 - We will return
On Friday at 0930hrs (local) when the rally resumes

Thu 20:49 - Leaders through
And that's where we'll leave our live text service for tonight.

Thu 20:45 - Portugal WRC2 after SS1
1.Tidemand 2m46.2s, 2.Kopecky +1.1s, 3.Suninen +2.0s, 4.Bergqvist +2.6s, 5.Fuchs +2.8s

Thu 20:33 - Portugal after SS1
1.Ogier 2m41.1s, 2.Neuville +0.9s, 3.Sordo +1.2s, 4.Mikkelsen +1.7s, 5.Latvala +1.9s

Thu 20:24 - SS1: Kopecky vs Aasen
A great start for Skoda as Tidemand's team-mate Kopecky slots his Fabia R5 second in class.

Thu 20:20 - SS1: Suarez vs Bergkvist
A great start from Bergqvist who slots third fastest, six-tenths slower than Suninen. Suarez is nine-tenths slower.

Thu 20:18 - SS1: Al-Kuwari vs Bestard
Al-Kuwari wins the heat to slot fifth. Bestard has a shocker and completes slowest so far, 14.5sec off Tidemand's stage-leading time

Thu 20:10 - SS1: Tidemand vs Bonato
Tidemand raises the bar with another fastest time: 2m46.2s. "A big fight ahead, really looking forward to the real start. Good to start tonight with a clean run." Bonato is 8sec slower. "This is my first event on gravel since 2009 - and with no test I need to find my mark."

Thu 20:06 - SS1: Suninen vs Salvi
This all-Skoda bout goes Suninen's way comfortably. "Last year was not so easy for me but this year we are doing good work. Can I win? Hopefully yes," says Suninen

Thu 20:02 - SS1: Fuchs vs Gilbert
We're back to the WRC 2 drivers now. Fuchs wins the heat in 2m49s and becomes the new pace-setter in the class.

Thu 19:57 - SS1: Ogier vs Paddon
The headline duel goes Ogier's way by 2.6sec and he springs into the lead with a fastest time of 2m41.1s. But he sounds worried. "I had no boost on the start line, but then it came back. The team will have to have a look." Paddon says: "We're here to drive our own rally. I tried to get warmed up tonight."

Thu 19:53 - SS1: Meeke vs Latvala
Crowd pleasing stuff from both drivers - flinging their cars around and using every inch of the road. Latvala is quicker by two-tenths, and the pair slot fourth and fifth fastest. Latvala says: "We had a good start - no big mistakes." Meeke says: "I'm hungry to get back. The real rally starts tomorrow so I'm not worried about losing a couple of tenths here."

Thu 19:46 - SS1: Sordo vs Mikkelsen
We're getting towards the sharp end now. Sordo wins the heat by five-tenths - to the delight of the Portuguese crowd - but neither driver can beat Neuville's time. Sordo reckons he made a small mistake. Mikkelsen felt he almost stalled twice. He's going to investigate.

Thu 19:42 - SS1: Neuville vs Ostberg
Neuville beats Ostberg by 2.5sec and is quickest so far. Neuville says: "I feel very good with the car. I enjoyed the stage, there's a great atmosphere here." Ostberg says: "Not so bad - it feels like rallycross."

Thu 19:38 - SS1: Tanak vs Abbring
Tanak in the DMACK-shod Fiesta storms to a new quickest time of 2m44.4s. Abbring is exactly 1sec slower. Abbring says: "I used every metre of the track to get used to the car before tomorrow."

Thu 19:33 - SS1: Lefebvre vs Camilli
A new quickest time for Lefebvre: 2m44.7s. "Very slippery but okay, no big mistakes. The real race starts tomorrow."Camilli crashed on the first corner here last year - so to complete 1.8sec of Lefebvre's time is a much better start. "It's a relief to get to the end this time. I was a little bit stressed..."

Thu 19:27 - SS1: Al Rajhi vs Al Qassimi
Al Qassimi the winner. "Nice fun, a bit wide in one corner though." Al Rajhi is just one-tenth slower. "I enjoyed, better than last year and good to be so close to Khalid."

Thu 19:23 - SS1: Prokop vs Solberg
Prokop the heat winner in a new fastest time of 2m46.8s. "I enjoyed to be back in Fiona [his car...] after a long break." Solberg is 1.6sec slower because of a misunderstanding about where the finish line was. He slowed too early - much to the annoyance of his co-driver Ilka.

Thu 19:16 - SS1: Gorban vs Melicharek
Gorban goes quickest so far in his MINI. Melicharek stalls on the start line and is 7sec slower.

Thu 19:12 - SS1: Evans vs Ptaszek
Evans cleans up in this heat between the two leading WRC 2 drivers. Evans says: "The car felt okay, I'm trying not to take too much out of the tyres because we'll need then later on." Ptaszek says: "We enjoyed, maybe too much power in the slow corners - it's so slippery."

Thu 19:07 - SS1: Stage live!
Campos and Fontes are through. Campos the quicker of the two in 2m52.4s

Thu 18:55 - WRC Live
Our WRC Live radio service from Portugal is up and running. Presenters Becs Williams, Lisa O'Sullivan and stage-end reporters Colin Clark and Stuart Loudon on air now. You'll find a link in the LIVE section.

Thu 18:54 - Tyre info
News from Michelin on the number and compounds (hard or soft) of LTX force tyres their WRC drivers have for tonight's stage. And it's the same for everybody: 5 soft compound tyres all round

Thu 18:54 - Weather
Clear skies over Matosinhos tonight and a pleasant temperature of 18˚C. A perfect night for the thousands of spectators at Lousada

Thu 18:53 - Thursday's start order 2/2
The WRC pairings follow, starting with Gorban vs Melicharek. Paddon and Ogier will be the final two WRC runners

Thu 18:53 - Thursday's start order 1/2
A special crowd pleasing start order for tonight, headed by two leading local drivers. Jose Fontes (DS3 R5) will take on Miguel Campos (Fabia R5) in the first heat at 1901hrs, followed by WRC 2 pairing of Evans vs Ptaszek

Thu 18:53 - Watch it LIVE
WRC+ subscribers can watch tonight's stage live - and three more this weekend

Thu 18:52 - Stage info: SS1
Lousada, 3.36km. A fan-favourite super special stage that opens the action for a second year. Two cars at-a-time run alongside each other on the mixed surface Lousada rallycross circuit. Two laps provide great entertainment for the 35,000 fans

Thu 18:51 - Coming up tonight
Just the one stage. A quick Super Special to get everybody warmed up before three days of competition that follow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Thu 18:49 - We're back
At the text desk to bring you all the news from the stages of this week's 50th anniversary event

Thu 18:46 - Boa tarde
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# Driver Co-driver Team/Car Eligibility Group Class Control Reason
3 NZLH. PADDON NZLJ. KENNARD Hyundai Motorsport
Hyundai i20 WRC
M RC1 SF5 Accident
10 NLDK. ABBRING GBRS. MARSHALL Hyundai Motorsport N
Hyundai i20 WRC
RC1 SF10 Mechanical
12 ESTO. TANAK ESTR. MOLDER Dmack World Rally Team
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
T RC1 SF5 Accident
Mini Cooper JCW
RC1 TC18 Mechanical
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
RC1 SF14 Mechanical
Skoda Fabia R5
WRC2 RC2 TC18 Mechanical
Citroën DS3 R5
WRC2 RC2 TC18 Mechanical
44 PRTD. SALVI PRTP. BABO Diogo Ahrens Teixeira Salvi
Skoda Fabia R5
WRC2 RC2 SF13 Mechanical
54 ESTS. PARN ESTM. JARVEOJA Drive Dmack Trophy Team
Ford Fiesta R5
WRC2 RC2 SF12 Mechanical
55 FRAP. LOUBET FRAV. LANDAIS Loubet Pierre Louis
Peugeot 207 S2000
WRC2 RC2 TC16A Mechanical
Citroën DS3 R5
WRC2 RC2 TC19A Mechanical
67 PRTC. OLIVEIRA PRTJ. JANELA Carlos Alberto Morais Oliveira
Renault CLIO 4 RS R3T
WRC3 RC3 TC18 Mechanical
72 NAMH. HIMMEL ZAFN. SWARTZ Hans Thilo Himmel
Citroen DS3 R3
Junior WRC RC3 TC18 Mechanical
81 PRTJ. FONTES PRTI. PONTE Citroen Vodafone Team
Citroen DS3 R5
RC2 TC5 Mechanical
83 PRTV. CABRAL RIBEIRO PRTV. P. CARDOSO Victor Manuel Cabral Ribeiro
Mitsubishi LANCER EVO IX
RC2 TC9D Rally 2
85 PRTJ. ROCHA PRTA. COSTA Jose Da Silva Rocha
Mitsubishi EVO IX
RC2 TC18A Mechanical
Mitsubishi LANCER EVO X
RC2 SF10 Mechanical
DDFT RC4 SF19 Mechanical
DDFT RC4 TC16A Mechanical
112 KENK. PATEL GBRP. HALL Karan Patel
DDFT RC4 TC15D Mechanical