Estonian Ott Tänak (Hyundai) extended the distance against the Welshman on Saturday Elfyn evans (Toyota) as leader of the Rally of Portugal, fourth round of the WRC World Cup, by winning the first three morning specials of the second day, while the Spanish Dani sordo (Hyundai) is third and the Frenchman Sébastien Ogier (Toyota), leader of the championship, was still fifth in the general as the night before.
With six victories in the first eleven stages of this classic and tough rally that takes place on gravel, Tänak has a 19 ”2 advantage over Evans and 25 ”3 on Deaf. The Japanese Takamoto katsuta (Toyota) is fourth at 1’04 ”4, followed by Ogier, who is half a second behind his teammate and 1’04 ”9 from the lead.
The belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai), second overall before the test in Portugal, is still in the race but is far behind after retiring before the end of the first day after hitting an embankment in a corner.
The pilot of Hyundai He managed to cross the finish line of Mortagua’s fateful ES7, but the damage to his right rear suspension was too severe to be repaired on the spot.