The 'invincible armada' Toyota dominates in Portugal

The Yaris of Ott Tanak, Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke dominate the top three positions. Dani Sordo and Sebastien Loeb help Thierry Neuville.

The 'invincible armada' of Toyota marks the step in the Rally of Portugal. The three Yaris WRC of Ott Tanak, Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke copan the first three positions of the general mediated the second stage. Behind is a strategic duel between Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier, who are helping his teammates Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville with respective penalties to favor him.

The longest day of the Portuguese event, with more than half of the kilometers timed Total, dawned with the surprise that Sordo, who had to open road, penalized to leave between Ogier and Neuville. So the Frenchman had a car less cleaning the road. Even so, the Frenchman overtook the Belgian, who had 6 wheels and his car weighed more, so in Hyundai they repeated the operation delaying Loeb and also placing him between them, which allowed him to recover the fourth place to Neuville.

Not only there was controversy with the strategies, similar to those that Citroën did in Sweden with Ogier penalizing to favor the struggle of Esapekka Lappi for the podium, but also with the start interval. In the first stage they left with 4 minutes of separation, and in the first section of the second it was reduced to 3, which created problems with the dust. The organization reacted quickly and solved it for the second stage of the day.

Tanak's leadership wobbled when braking problems in the first stage, but he solved them and saved his first position, although Latvala has approached him dangerously. Meanwhile, Meeke, third, joked: "everything is going well, especially if we think that last year I was on my way to the hospital and I had lost my job" .


1 Tanak-Jarveoja (Est / Toyota), 1:55: 34.5

2 Latvala-Anttila (Fin / Toyota), at 5.1s

3 Meeke-Marshall (Gbr / Toyota), at 18.4s

4 Neuville-Gilsoul (Bel / Hyundai), at 23.7s

5 Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Citroën), to 25.6s

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