Vodafone Rally de Portugal


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Fri 13:17 - Next stage: SS6
After service, competitors will head to the start of SS6 which is due to start on schedule at 1535hrs.

Fri 13:13 - SS5 Cancelled
Rally organisers have cancelled the re-running of the Ponte de Lima stage, which was due to start the afternoon loop at 1450hrs, because of nearby forest fires.

Fri 12:38 - Up next: Service
WRC crews are making their way back to the Exponor Service Park in Matosinhos for the midday 30-minute halt. First car is in at 1255hrs. Watch the service in real time via our WRC Live stream cameras

Fri 12:34 - SS4: Evans
Running way out of order after his earlier problem. "We had a problem, no throttle response at all. It took us a long time to work it out and it's still not perfect. Okay, it's not the start we wanted but at least we're getting some experience of these stages."

Fri 12:32 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS4
[+ times compared to leader] 1. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): 47m12.0, 2. Al Rajhi (Ford Fiesta RRC): +11.8sec, 3. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +18.7sec, 4. Lefebvre (DS 3 R5): +43.1sec, 5. Al-Kuwari (Ford Fiesta R5): +47.9s

Fri 12:20 - SS4: Tidemand
[WRC 2] "The brakes started to go midway through the stage. By the end they were gone. That's rally..."

Fri 12:12 - WRC top 5 after SS4
[+ times compared to leader]: Latvala leaps into the lead. 1. Latvala (VW): 44m57.1s, 2. Meeke (DS 3): +6.1s, 3. Mikkelsen (VW): +9.2s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +12.3s, 5. Tanak (Ford): +14.3s

Fri 12:09 - SS4: Lefebvre
[WRC 2] More engine concerns for the Frenchman. His dash shows oil and water temperature warning lights.

Fri 12:07 - SS4: Al-Attiyah
[WRC 2] The Qatari leads WRC 2 after the morning loop. "We have had a good run on all three stages. The car has run without a problem. Now we will try to improve a couple of things in service - maybe stiffen the car to give us more precision."

Fri 12:04 - SS4: Ketomaa
His Fiesta arrives at the finish control with its front-left wheel running out of alignment. "The car wanted to go somewhere I didn't," explains the Finn. "I don't know what is broken but I hope we can get back to service because we have no spares."

Fri 12:00 - SS4: Al Qassimi update
He didn't leave the start line because his car's handbrake was stuck on! Problem fixed now but he is on his way back to service. Retired from the day.

Fri 11:58 - SS4: Kubica
Front-right puncture. A lot of wheel rim damage too. " I didn't hit anything. I have no idea what happened. The wheel has damage because of the puncture - soon after we had a small off." He leaves for service shaking his head.

Fri 11:52 - SS4: Al Qassimi
The Abu Dhabi driver has not started the stage.

Fri 11:51 - SS4: Paddon
The Kiwi impresses with a stage time just 5.6sec off Latvala's. That's second quickest so far.

Fri 11:48 - SS4: Tanak
The Estonian rounds off the morning loop in fifth. His tyres are badly worn. "We've had to nurse them through."

Fri 11:47 - SS4: Latvala
The Finn leaps into the lead with a hugely impressive time, 6.3sec quicker than Meeke. "It was a big push. I like this stage, the surface is loose but [with my road position] if you have this opportunity you have to take it. I haven't done a time like this for a long time."

Fri 11:44 - SS4: Prokop
He's struggling to get to grips with his new Fiesta RS. Pre-rally he completed just an afternoon of testing. "I need more time in this new car"

Fri 11:43 - SS4: Sordo
The Spaniard round off an impressive morning with second-fastest time so far. "We need a little bit more traction but generally all good."

Fri 11:40 - SS4: Neuville
He completes 9.8sec slower than Meeke, and he's doubting his Friday tyre strategy. "I'm the only one with the hard tyres, I tried to save the softs for tomorrow. I lost a little more today than I expected. I'll try to fight back tomorrow."

Fri 11:38 - SS4: Meeke flies!
He is 5.1sec quicker than Mikkelsen and leaps into the rally lead. "I was a little concerned to see Mikkelsen's tyres before the stage - they were much better than mine. But maybe they work well when they're worn? I think this rally is going to be won or lost on tyre strategy."

Fri 11:35 - Evans update
On the move again. He in currently midway through SS3

Fri 11:33 - SS4: Mikkelsen
The Norwegian is fastest of the trio through so far. "We will lose a lot in the loose to the guys behind. We had a good drive and I'm happy with my morning. Not so much of an attack but we are on the pace. That's a good feeling."

Fri 11:32 - SS4: Ostberg
His front tyres are completely finished. He's 2.7sec slower than Ogier but sounds pretty relaxed. "A difficult stage, I feel I lack some experience opening the road. There were some lines from Seb, okay, but it was very, very difficult. I learned a lot."

Fri 11:30 - SS4: Ogier
First on the road is not the place you want to be here. "One of the worst stages I have ever driven for the sweeping," says Ogier. "Unbelievable. I expect to lose at least 1sec per kilometer to the guys behind."

Fri 11:28 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS3
[+ times compared to leader] 1. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): 34m47.9, 2. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +4.6sec, 3. Al Rajhi (Ford Fiesta RRC): +16.0sec, 4. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +26.0sec, 5. Al-Kuwari (Ford Fiesta R5): +39.6s

Fri 11:19 - Stage notes SS4:
Viana do Castelo 1, 18.73km. 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. A short section of cobblestones offers a different challenge and the final kilometres run between wind farms on a wide road.

Fri 11:18 - Up next: SS4
Stages coming thick and fast... Ogier began SS4 - the final stage of the morning loop - at 1115hrs

Fri 11:17 - WRC top 5 after SS3
[+ times compared to leader]: Ostberg the stage winner. 1. Mikkelsen (VW): 33m16.6s, 2. Meeke (DS 3) +02.0s, 3. Latvala (VW) +2.2s, 4. Sordo (Hyundai): +4.0s, 5. Tanak (Ford): +7.4s

Fri 11:13 - SS3: Lefebvre
"We had a water temperature alarm on the stage. We need to go and have a look."

Fri 11:10 - SS3: Al-Kuwari
[WRC 2] The Qatari is concerned about tyre wear "the car is moving about a lot"

Fri 11:08 - SS3: Ketomaa
[WRC 2] Reports a lack of engine power. "It's very noticeable in the long uphill sections. Hopefully the team can fix it in service."

Fri 11:06 - SS3: Bertelli
He has a rear left puncture and completes 1m32s slower than Ostberg. "I've had it for quite a lot - about half the stage."

Fri 11:03 - SS3: Kubica
"Everything is okay. We got an extra minute gap because I caught Al-Qassimi's dust on the previous stage."

Fri 11:00 - SS3: Kubica gap
He started the stage 1min late. We'll find out why soon...

Fri 11:00 - SS3: Al Qassimi
"A better rhythm for me, but lots of rocks in the road, pulled out by the cars in front."

Fri 10:58 - SS3: Paddon
"We don't have much tyre left - especially at the rear. The roads have come out a bit harder than we were expecting."

Fri 10:57 - SS2: Stopped
After car 38 (Brazzoli) to allow organisers to recover a damaged zero car.

Fri 10:55 - SS3: Tanak
Seventh-quickest. He doesn't stop to discuss his stage.

Fri 10:54 - SS2: Breen update
[WRC 2] Confirmed retired. Engine problem.

Fri 10:54 - SS3: Latvala
He completes 0.3sec off Ostberg's time. "That's alright but I'm still hesitating too much. I need more wide-open throttle."

Fri 10:52 - SS3: Prokop
His car's brakes are back to full strength."We fixed a brake caliper problem on the road section. It's all okay now."

Fri 10:51 - SS3: Sordo
6.4sec slower than Ostberg. A steady run "just driving in the lines" no repeat of the engine issue he reported earlier

Fri 10:50 - SS3: Neuville
He drops 7.7sec to Ostberg but says he factored the loss into his tyre strategy. "It was okay but we have to mention we are the only ones with some hard tyres on the car and it looks like that wasn't the best on the first stage but I think it will be better in the long run..."

Fri 10:46 - SS3: Meeke
The Brit completes 1.4sec slower than his team-mate Ostberg.

Fri 10:42 - SS3: Mikkelsen
He's 2.3sec slower than Ostberg but seems satisfied enough. "Very, very fast. A good stage for us. I'm trying to save the tyres a bit - I expect the next stage will be tough."

Fri 10:39 - SS3: Ostberg
He completes 7.4sec quicker than Ogier. "It was okay. Good pace, good rhythm. A bit slippery but I'm happy with that time."

Fri 10:38 - SS3: Ogier
First on the road and first to complete. How was it? "Yeah, better than the first one but these conditions are extremely difficult. Huge road cleaning." His time is 10m56.3

Fri 10:32 - SS2: Breen
[WRC 2] Craig Breen is stopped at the 16.7km point.

Fri 10:32 - Stage notes SS3
Caminha 1, 18.05km. Caminha is predominantly in the open with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean near the finish. Run mainly on mid-sized roads, the surface is bumpy but it’s fast in places with several long straights.

Fri 10:31 - Up next: SS3
We're straight across to SS3 now. Ogier began the test at 1025hrs

Fri 10:30 - SS2: Evans update
Elfyn is still working on the car. Electrical problem.

Fri 10:29 - WRC top 5 after SS2
[+ times compared to leader]: Sordo the stage winner, Evans stops. 1. Sordo (Hyundai): 22m25.3s, 2. Mikkelsen (VW) +0.1s 3. Tanak (Ford) +2.0s, 4. Meeke (DS 3): +3.0s, 5. Latvala (VW): +4.3s

Fri 10:27 - SS2: Kubica
Ninth-fastest so far. "Okay, no big dramas. I drove nicely without any problems."

Fri 10:26 - SS2: Tanak
A fine second-fastest time for Tanak in the new Fiesta. "Lots of rocks around and my pace notes need work. The car feels great, no changes there."

Fri 10:23 - Tyre choices
News in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard (H) or soft (S)) of the LTX Cross tyres cars left service with for Friday morning's loop: Ogier: 4S

Fri 10:19 - SS2: Latvala
Fifth-fastest. A clean run, but Latvala is another to report a lot of smoke drifting across the stage.

Fri 10:17 - SS2: Prokop
He is 54.8sec slower than Sordo. "We have no rear brakes. I don't know what it is, we have to fix it."

Fri 10:14 - SS2: Sordo
Quickest so far in 19m41.5s but he reports a strange noise coming from his Hyundai's engine.

Fri 10:12 - SS2: Neuville
He completes 28.9sec slower than Mikkelsen. Is the car okay? "Everything is good, but I had a very bad stage, I couldn't find the rhythm. There were lots of stones and I wanted to be careful with the tyres."

Fri 10:10 - SS2: Meeke
Second quickest so far, 0.7sec off Mikkelsen's pace. "A beautiful stage, really good rhythm but a few big rocks around too. I'm really happy with my stage."

Fri 10:07 - SS2: Evans stops!
His all-new Fiesta RS is at the 24.7km point. He is talking to his engineer over the team radio

Fri 10:06 - SS2: Mikkelsen
Fastest so far - 9.3sec quicker than Ogier! And he's making it sound easy..."A steady run. The car is really, really nice. I love it!"

Fri 10:05 - SS2: Ostberg
He's 0.5sec slower than Ogier, and awe-struck by the look of the area that was ravaged by forest fires yesterday. "From 18km to the end there is smoke and fire everywhere - it looks like a movie set."

Fri 10:03 - SS2: Ogier completes
He's first through in 19m53.6 but he's straight out of his Polo to look at a soft rear-right tyre. "I had it for a long time but I don't know why - it was a clean ride. I hope I have a bit more luck on the ones to come," he says.

Fri 10:00 - SS2: Splits watch
Neuville is 17sec slower than Mikkelsen at the 10.8km split

Fri 09:56 - SS2: Splits watch
Fastest on stage so far, Mikkelsen is 3.7sec quicker than Ogier at the 10.8km split point

Fri 09:46 - SS2: Live and on time!
Ogier began the test on schedule at 0940hrs.

Fri 09:45 - Junior WRC
Osian Pryce leads after Thursday's Super Special. Here is the Junior WRC top 5 after SS1 [+ times compared to leader]: 1. Pryce: 2m,59.6s, 2. McKenna: +1.3s 3. Tempestini: +1.4s, 4. Veiby: +1.6s, 5. Gilbert: +1.8s

Fri 09:40 - WRC Live
The WRC Live radio team are on air! Open up the radio popup here

Fri 09:37 - Stage notes SS2
Ponte de Lima 1, 27.53km. Parts of this stage have been used in the past. After a very short initial asphalt section, the road comprises smooth gravel on top of a clay base. It’s wide but extremely twisty, with hardly a straight to speak of. The final few kilometres are rougher but nothing too worrying. The longest stage of the day.

Fri 09:37 - Start intervals
All crews will start Friday's stages at 2min intervals

Fri 09:36 - Start order
P1 registered crews will run in championship order today. Here’s how the WRC crews will line up: 1) Ogier, 2) Ostberg, 3) Mikkelsen, 4) Evans, 5) Meeke, 6) Neuville, 7) Sordo, 8) Prokop, 9) Latvala, 10) Tanak, 11) Paddon, 12) Al Qassimi, 13) Kubica, 14) Bertelli.

Fri 09:32 - SS2: Fire update
It took 240 people, 60 vehicles and 18 hours to bring the forest fires under control close to SS2

Fri 09:31 - SS2: Delayed
Friday's opening stage, Ponte de Lima, was due to start at 0940hrs. It will be delayed to allow fire trucks to clear the area - they were on scene to attend to a nearby forest fire

Fri 09:21 - Weather update
Sunrise was 0609hrs and again we have clear skies above service. The current temperature of 17ºC should rise to 22ºC by the afternoon. It's the same story at the end of SS2. Only a light breeze though, which could mean dust problems ahead

Fri 09:14 - Coming up today
Friday’s route takes the crews north towards the Spanish border. The cars set off from parc ferme at 0800hrs for a loop of three stages, including Ponte de Lima (27.53km), Caminha (18.05km) and Viana do Castelo (18.73km). All three are repeated after a midday service.

Fri 09:14 - Welcome back
To our live text coverage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal

Thu 20:47 - Leaders through
And that's the end of our Live text coverage for tonight. We will return on Friday morning when the rally resumes with SS2 - Ponte de Lima - at 0940hrs. Bye for now.

Thu 20:44 - WRC 2 top 5 after SS1
[+ times compared to leader] 1. Al-Attiyah (Ford Fiesta RRC): 2m46.7, 2. Ketomaa (Ford Fiesta R5): +0.3sec, 3. Tidemand (Skoda Fabia R5): +1.5sec, 4. Kruuda (DS 3 R5): +1.7sec, 5. Al-Kuwari (Ford Fiesta R5): +1.8s

Thu 20:39 - SS1: No notes for Koci
[WRC 2] "A few seconds before the stage my co-driver intercom stopped working. I did the whole stage with no pace-notes," he explains. He completes 9.4sec slower than WRC 2 leader Nasser Al-Attiyah

Thu 20:21 - SS1: Camili out!
[WRC 2] The Toyota-backed youngster has lost two wheels from his Fiesta R5. His heat partner Jonathan Hirschi says the Frenchman smacked the wall on the very FIRST corner. The car is parked up - that's all from him for today

Thu 20:18 - WRC top 5 after SS1
[+ times compared to leader]: 1. Mikkelsen (VW): 2m41.1s, 2. Ogier (VW) +0.5s 3. Latvala (VW) +0.8s, 4. Kubica (Ford): +1.4s, 5. Neuville (Hyundai): +2.1s

Thu 20:05 - SS1: Fuel leak for Al-Kuwari
[WRC 2] His car completes with flames licking the engine bay. The crew quickly extinguish the blaze and set off back to service. "A fuel leak" explains Al-Kuwari.

Thu 20:00 - SS1: Ogier vs Ostberg
The headline duel goes Ogier's way by 1.8sec - but he can't match Mikkelsen who wins the stage by 0.5sec. With Latvala third, the stage ends with a Volkswagen 1-2-3 and in the same order as today's shakedown! "It was okay but not easy though - there was a lot of dust and I braked way too early for the hairpin. Tomorrow will be the real start," says Ogier. Ostberg sounded happy just to complete the stage having rolled his DS3 at Shakedown this morning. "The car is running perfectly, no problems. I'm pleased to get through and see that everything is working properly."

Thu 19:54 - SS1: Sordo vs Latvala
Latvala wins the heat, to slot second quickest overall, 0.8sec behind his team-mate Mikkelsen. Latvala says: "My four soft tyres were okay, but in the long right-hand corner maybe the hard compound would have been better." Sordo is seventh fastest. "It's really nice to see so many spectators here - and to drive so close to my home," he says.

Thu 19:49 - SS1: Meeke vs Neuville
Neuville slots third fastest and is straight out to check his tyres. "I tried a mix of tyres here. If felt okay but I went a bit wide on the first corner." Meeke is 0.1sec slower but seems happy enough. "Everybody is playing a game here to try and save their tyres. I've got to be happy to finish one-tenth off Thierry."

Thu 19:45 - SS1: Mikkelsen vs Evans
Mikkelsen is the new man to beat in a time of 2m41.1s. It's a terrific start to his first event in Volkswagen's 2015-spec Polo R. "It was great fun, a great way to kick off the rally. A clean stage but really dusty and hard to see in places." Evans completes 3.3sec slower. And he's not surprised. "I'm not great on Super Specials," he explains. "I don't like them and I need to put that right. There are a long two days to come. I'm really looking forward to the rest of it."

Thu 19:39 - SS1: Paddon vs Kubica
Paddon's Hyundai is trailing an enormous Portuguese flag from its rear wing. The spectators love it but Kubica is faster - and quickest so far in 2m42.5s. "It's amazing to see so many people in here - it makes it a pleasure," says Paddon. Kubica, who missed Rally Argentina to re-structure his team says: "All good - it's been a long break for me - three months since Mexico - so not easy to get used to a new car on gravel. For sure it will not be easy but we will try."

Thu 19:33 - SS1: Bertelli vs Tanak
And that's two more all-new Fiesta RS WRC cars. Bertelli is faster than Tanak by 0.6sec - but 0.2sec slower than Prokop. "We did quite a big mistake [in a hairpin] but it's okay." says Bertelli. "We had some mixed tyres so a bit so-and-so in places but a good feeling," says Tanak.

Thu 19:28 - SS1: Prokop vs Al Qassimi
In a time of 2m43.7s, Prokop is now the driver to beat. It's a great start to his first event in M-Sport's all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car. He's got to be happy with that. "It's great. It went well. A really nice start." Al Qassimi reckons his choice of hard compound tyres cost him the heat. "We wanted to save our softs for later in the event," he says.

Thu 19:23 - SS1: Al-Attiyah vs Lefebvre
[WRC 2] Goes Al-Attiyah's way. And in a new benchmark time of 2m46.7s. His car is trailing a massive Portuguese flag - and that gets him the best crowd reaction so far. He completes his warm-down lap hanging out of his car and waving - Petter Solberg style. "So many spectators here, and we are really happy to be here back in the north!"

Thu 19:18 - SS1: Ketomaa fastest!
[WRC 2] He beats Lappi by 1.8sec. And he's delighted. "I had to push hard to catch Esapekka. It was very nice though - great fun, a great stage and lots of spectators," says Ketomaa. Lappi says: "You have to lose sometimes so you can win - hopefully Sunday will my day! No big surprise though - Tyre tactics are crucial here. I made my choice for the rally - not for tonight."

Thu 19:12 - SS1: Campos the man to beat
[WRC 2] The Portuguese driver is quickest of the four through so far. His time: 2m49.2s.

Thu 19:10 - SS1: Ketomaa vs Lappi
[WRC 2] On stage now. This is Lappi's first WRC appearance in Skoda's new R5 Fabia.

Thu 18:59 - Watch SS1 LIVE
SS1 is the first of this year's Portugal stages to be streamed live. Watch all the action at WRC+

Thu 18:52 - Stage notes: SS1
Lousada, 3.36km. A fan-favourite super special stage that dates back to the last occasion on which the rally was in northern Portugal. 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 - Tyre choices
News in from Michelin. Numbers and compounds (hard (H) or soft (S)) of the LTX Cross tyres cars left with for the Super Special: Paddon/Sordo: 5H. Neuville/Citroën: 3S&2H. Latvala/Mikkelsen: 5S. Ogier/Evans: 4S&1H. Tanak: 3H&2S.

Thu 18:43 - Weather update
Clear blue skies above service right now, with a temperature of 19ºC and a brisk breeze. No chance of rain for tonight's stage. Sunset will be at 2051hrs.

Thu 18:37 - Thursday's start order
Organisers have created some interesting pairings for the opening head-to-head stage at Lousada rallycross circuit. First on stage from 1901hrs, to warm the crowds, will be four WRC 2 duels - starting with two heats for Portuguese crews. The first WRC class battle will be between Martin Prokop and Khalid Al Qassimi - the drivers 9th and 10th in the order

Thu 18:29 - Cars update
The first car in tonight's start list, the Skoda Fabia S2000 of Portuguese driver Pedro Meireles, crossed the podium in Guimarães at 1810hrs. The other 93 entries will follow at two-minute intervals.

Thu 18:15 - Shakedown update
We've already had some action today in Portugal - when Andreas Mikkelsen topped a VW 1-2-3 at the pre-event shakedown. Read our report here

Thu 18:11 - WRC Live
Our live radio service will be broadcasting tonight and right throughout the rally. Open up the radio popup here.

Thu 18:06 - Coming up tonight
A ceremonial start in Guimarães and just one competitive stage this evening - a prelude to the main competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Thu 18:02 - Portugal preview
Don't miss our preview magazine show for the rally. It's available to view now at WRC+

Thu 18:00 - We're in position
At the live text desk, this week nestled in the undergrowth next to the Service Park in host town Matosinhos

Thu 17:59 - Boa noite
Olá from Portugal and welcome to our text coverage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal - round five of the FIA World Rally Championship

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