A month after his horrible disillusionment with Rally Croatia, the place he misplaced the victory within the ultimate meters to Zero-6, Elfyn Evans placed on a radically completely different face on the end line of Fafe’s Energy Stage. by disappointment have this time given technique to an undisguised pleasure.
If he was helped by the setbacks of Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak to attain his fourth success within the World Rally Championship, the Welshman signed a ultimate stage filled with authority to go away no hope for Dani Sordo. The Spaniard, who hoped to present his rival a bit extra adversity, was unable to maintain tempo with the Toyota Gazoo Racing driver.
Penalized by his place as opener on Friday, Sébastien Ogier lastly did properly by profitable his ninth podium in Portugal (report tied with Markku Alen). The Frenchman, who was aiming for a sixth success within the Portuguese occasion, was by no means capable of be part of within the battle on the forefront. Earlier than lastly widening the hole this Sunday, he even had to withstand the assaults of his teammate Takamoto Katsuta. Constant for the reason that begin of the season, the Japanese confirmed his progress this weekend by merely delivering his most convincing efficiency within the WRC, his fourth place end representing the perfect results of his profession.
Regardless of technical issues, the M-Sport riders fulfilled their aims by securing the fifth and sixth positions. Behind his teammate, Adrien Fourmaux delivered a outstanding new efficiency for his second look within the Ford Fiesta WRC. Again in Sardinia in two weeks, the northerner will return to the Fiesta Rally2 earlier than certainly returning to the best stage later within the season.
After dominating this weekend, it is laborious to imagine that Tänak and Neuville have forgotten their frustration by sharing the factors of the Energy Stage.
In WRC2, the match between the candidates for a WRC shuttlecock in 2022 turned to the benefit of Esapekka Lappi. The Finn, who remained a class victory on the Arctic Rally, took the higher hand on Saturday in opposition to Teemu Suninen. Eradicated from victory following a puncture in SS3, Mads Østberg consoled himself with third place as he clearly utilized for higher because of the forfeit (optimistic for COVID-19) of his fundamental rival for the title Andreas Mikkelsen.
Scratches of the day
ES16: E. Evans
ES17: E. Evans
ES18: T. Neuville
ES19: E. Evans
ES20: O. Tänak
1. O. Tänak (5 pts)
2. T. Neuville (four pts)
three. S. Ogier (three pts)
four. Okay. Rovanperä (2 pts)
5. E. Evans (1 pt)
Rally Portugal – Remaining Classification
The complete rating will probably be obtainable right here.