Published on May 22nd, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ogier wins with his Fiesta in Portugal
4-time world champion Sebastien Ogier held his nerve to claim a record-equalling fifth triumph at the Rally of Portugal on Sunday.
Ogier won in Portugal in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 and emulated Markku Alen’s record of five victories in the rally when he wrapped up victory in Matosinhos.
The 33-year-old Frenchman, behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta, held off a double Hyundai challenge from Thierry Neuville, who finished 15.6sec off the winning time, and Dani Sordo (1min 01.7sec).
“It feels great for sure,” said Ogier. “It’s fantastic to be back on the top of the podium again.
“Thanks to the team, the new car was perfect. Amazing. A new car in Monte (Carlo) and we won a new car here too!” It was Ogier’s 40th victory on the world circuit, the win leaving him top with 128 points in the drivers’ standings, 22 ahead of Neuville.
Leaderboard after leg 2:
- S Ogier / J Ingrassia FRA Ford Fiesta 3hr 15min 24.6sec
- T Neuville / N Gilsoul BEL Hyundai i20 +16.8sec
- D Sordo / M Marti ESP Hyundai i20 +51.3sec
- O Tänak / M Jarveöja EST Ford Fiesta +1min 29.6sec
- C Breen / S Martin IRE Citroën C3 +1min 32.4sec
- E Evans / D Barritt GBR Ford Fiesta +3min 01.8sec