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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 wrc.com 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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SS1 Lousada (SSS) (3.36 km)

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