SS16: Solberg flies in the Portugal rain
Hirvonen back into fourth as heavy rain falls in Portugal
Petter Solberg has won the penultimate stage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal as heavy rain made driving conditions treacherous.
The top 20 drivers tackled the 21.39-kilometre test in reverse running order to establish the starting positions for the event-closing Power Stage.
Solberg was 11.4s faster through the stage than fellow Norwegian Mads Ostberg. Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen was third quickest to move back ahead of Matthew Wilson into fourth overall.
Afterwards Hirvonen said: “I am okay, I am here but some places it is like driving on ice.”
Sebastien Ogier’s overall lead to Sebastien Loeb has been trimmed to 35.9s heading into Power Stage. “I had the worst of the rain,” said Ogier. “I took it steady to keep my position.”
Henning Solberg has slipped to ninth overall after his Ford Fiesta RS WRC developed a suspected turbo problem during the stage.
Standings after SS16:
|01||S. OGIER / J. INGRASSIA||Citroën DS3 WRC||3h48m13.4s|
|02||S. LOEB / D. ELENA||Citroën DS3 WRC||+35.9s|
|03||J. LATVALA / M. ANTTILA||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+3m24.5s|
|04||M. HIRVONEN / J. LEHTINEN||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+5m58.4s|
|05||M. WILSON / S. MARTIN||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+6m15.5s|
|06||K. RAIKKONEN /K. LINDSTROM||Citroën DS3 WRC||+9m36.9s|
|07||P. SOLBERG / C. PATTERSON||Citroën DS3 WRC||+10m06.0s|
|08||F. VILLAGRA / J. PÉREZ COMPANC||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+10m10.6s|
|09||H. SOLBERG / I. MINOR||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+10m36.0s|
|10||D. KUIPERS / F. MICLOTTE||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+15m25.8s|
|11||H. PADDON / J. KENNARD||Subaru Impreza STI||+19m49.5s|
|12||B. MAGALHAES / P. GRAVE||Peugeot 207 S2000||+21m08.0s|
|13||K. KRUUDA / M. JARVEOJA||Skoda Fabia S2000||+24m04.8s|
|14||K. AL QASSIMI / M. ORR||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||+24m53.2s|
|15||J. KETOMAKI / K. RISBERG||Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X||+28m05.3s|
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