Great recovery by Ogier in Portugal
MATOSINHOS: Four-time world champion Sebastien Ogier stormed closer to a recordequalling fifth triumph at the Rally of Portugal on Saturday, turning an overnight five-second deficit into a 16-second advantage ahead of the final day.
Ogier won in Portugal in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and would emulate Markku Alen’s record of five victories in the rally should he won late yesterday.
The 33-year-old, behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta, held off a double Hyundai challenge from Thierry Neuville, who is 16.8sec off the lead, and Dani Sordo who is 51.3sec behind.
“I didn’t push hard in the final stage because it was rough at the end and Thierry had a good run,” said Ogier, who had been 20 seconds ahead earlier in the day.
“I think I managed my tyres too much, maybe I was a bit too cautious. I’m happy with the gap I have but we still have to push tomorrow as Thierry will fight to the end.”
The French driver had been third overnight as M-Sport teammate Ott Tanak led Sordo by 4.6sec.
But Tanak’s hopes of a maiden win in the championship evaporated when his car was damaged in a collision with a bank. AFP