Sordo in front after three Rally Portugal stages
By Adam Hall
21 May 2021
Hyundai hold 1-2-3
Dani Sordo is maximising his road position yet again as he claims an early 6.7s Rally Portugal lead. Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville complete Hyundai's early control of the rally with Elfyn Evans leading a chasing pair of Toyotas.
Overall after SS3
1. Sordo / Rozada 2. Tanak / Jarveoja 3. Neuville / Wydaeghe 4. Evans / Martin 5. Katsuta / Barritt 6. Fourmaux / Jamoul
33:58.5s +6.7 +10.0 +17.6 +19.0 +23.6
Star-studded WRC 2
Two stage-wins for Esapekka Lappi give the Volkswagen man a 2.7s advantage over Nikolay Gryazin. Teemu Suninen lost the WRC 2 lead on SS3 in the dust wake of Mads Ostberg's Citroen C3. Ostberg lost over a minute changing a puncture.
WRC 2 after SS3
1. Lappi / Ferm 2. Gryazin / Aleksandrov 3. Suninen / Markkula 4. Solberg / Johnston 5. Bulacia / Ohannesian
35:42.9s +2.7 +5.5 +24.5 +46.3
Sebastien Ogier finishes Friday morning's stages down in eighth. First on the road, the Frenchman is cleaning each stage for his rivals. Meanwhile, Kalle Rovanpera is struggling to find any confidence with his Toyota's set-up and lies seventh.
Remaining Friday stages
Stage SS4 // Lousã 2 (12.35 km) SS5 // Góis 2 (19.51 km) SS6 // Arganil 2 (18.82 km) SS7 // Mortágua (18.16 km) SS8 // Lousada (3.36 km)
UK time 12:31 13:31 14:38 16:05 19:03
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