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Wednesday’s WRC notes: Portugal

The Wednesday after every WRC round, we look back at some of the anecdotes and stories thrown up by the event. Today, we review what occurred during the 2014 Rally de Portugal…

A strong entry for the Algarve

With the exception of Rally Finland, which frequently attracts some 100 starters, the 2014 Vodafone Rally de Portugal is the WRC’s most popular round for five years, with an entry of 85 crews. Sébastien Ogier and Volkswagen are the big favourites.

No resistance for Ogier in Portugal!

Sébastien Ogier (Volkswagen/Michelin) won the Vodafone Rally de Portugal for the fourth time today. The Frenchman took the victory by a margin of 43.2 seconds over Mikko Hirvonen (Ford), while Mads Ostberg (+1m12.4s) was third for Citroën.

ERC: First victory for the Peugeot 208 T16!

The new Peugeot 208 T16/Michelin celebrated its maiden international outing by collecting victory in Greece in the hands of Irishman Craig Breen. The FIA European Rally Championship qualifier’s all-Michelin top five (five different cars!) was rounded off by Bouffier (Citroën), Kajetanowicz (Ford), Lappi (Skoda) and Magalhaes (Peugeot).

Monte Carlo glory for Tesla and Renault

After victories for Volkswagen and Opel on the ‘modern’ and ‘historic’ events respectively, Tesla and Renault can now also claim Rallye Monte-Carlo success in 2014. Tesla took the top prize in the 15th Rallye Monte-Carlo des Energies Nouvelles (‘New Energies’) and Renault won the 5th Rallye Monte-Carlo ZENN (Zero Emission, No Noise).

Volkswagen/Michelin savours one-two success in Mexico

Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala provided Volkswagen with another one-two finish today in Mexico. For the Frenchman, it was his 18th world class victory and his second this season. Like last year, Thierry Neuville came third to collect Hyundai’s first ever WRC podium finish.

ERC action for Greece’s Gods

The 60th edition of the Acropolis Rally will celebrate its inclusion in the European Rally Challenge for the first time since 1968 with a mixed-surface format (dirt and asphalt). Peugeot has chosen the event for the international debut of its new 208 T16.

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