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The second round of the 2010 Fiesta SportTrophy International (FSTi) series got underway last night as the competition joined the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) for the Vodafone Rally de Portugal. This is the third time that the FSTi has visited Portugal and the gravel road surfaces combined with the warm climate proved challenging for the six Fiesta R2 entries and one GpN Fiesta ST.
The event kicked off in the Algarve Stadium on Thursday evening with an exciting Tarmac Super Special Stage. Huge crowds flocked to the football stadium to watch the drivers go head to head around the spectacular floodlit 2.03 km speed test. Continue reading Riedemann/Beinke lead on WRC debut
The second day of Vodafone Rally de Portugal takes competitors back to a trio of gravel stages in the Serra do Caldeirão hills, north of Faro.
After leaving the Service Park from 0810hrs, crews will tackle a loop of three speed tests before returning to Faro for a 30-minute service. In the afternoon crews will tackle the same loop before they return to the town for the final overnight halt at 1700hrs after 135km of competition.
Here are the wrc.com stage notes for Saturday’s stages. Under the summaries you’ll find our list of website links to help you follow the rally via our live results service. Continue reading Vodafone Rally de Portugal stage guides – Saturday
Sebastien Ogier will start day two of Vodafone Rally de Portugal with a lead of 26.6 seconds over Dani Sordo following a hugely impressive performance by the Citroen Junior Team driver.
Ogier, who was fastest on five of Friday’s six stages in his C4 WRC, profited when Sordo suffered a suspected sticking throttle on the last stage of the day, which enabled Ogier to extend his advantage by almost 20 seconds over the Spaniard. Continue reading WRC Friday wrap: Ogier holds firm in Portugal
Red Bull-backed driver Hermann Gassner Jr is determined to score a top five finish in the Group N category on his return to the World Rally Championship in Portugal this weekend. In order to give himself every chance of doing well, he has driven his own reconnaissance car from his home in Germany to the rally base in Faro.
The 21-year-old completed the 2,800-kilometre trip because he felt it would boost his chances of a strong result on the demanding gravel event, which marks his return to the WRC for the first time since Rally Sweden in February at the wheel of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX. Continue reading Gassner Jnr hopes for success in Portugal in P-WRC category