Ogier Takes Second Win Of The Season In Portugal

May 15, 2024Joe Moore
RallyWRC

Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to an end. Sebastien Ogier took home his second consecutive event win. 

Drivers’ Championship Rundown

Thierry Neuville retains the championship lead after Rally Portugal. Expanding his lead from just 6 points to 24. Ott Tänak moves into third place in the championship, now sitting 31 points behind Neuville and 24 points behind Evans. Adrien Fourmaux drops the fourth overall from third. With the Frenchman now sitting 8 points behind Tänak. Sebastien Ogier rounds out the top five, sitting just one point behind his fellow countryman Fourmaux. To this point, the championship has been pretty tight. However, a rough event from Evans has given Neuville a pretty nice lead heading into Sardinia at the end of the month. 

Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 Day One

Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 kicked off with a lone SuperSpecial stage on the first day. Thierry Neuville took the stage win to take a 0.6-second lead over Sebastien Ogier into the first day of action. Ott Tänak and Takamoto Katsuta tied for third, with both finishing two seconds slower than Neuville. 

Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 Day Two

Reigning Rally Portugal winner Kalle Rovanperä took the event lead after a non-eventful first full day of action. Rovanperä ended the day with a one-second lead over five-time Rally Portugal winner Sebastien Ogier. Takamoto Katsuta moved into sole possession of third, ending the day 4.7 seconds behind Rovanperä. Just 5.4 seconds separated first and fourth on the day. Dani Sordo who had the most stage wins on the day sat fifth overall, 17.9 seconds behind Rovanperä. Ogier, Sordo and Neuville also reported they had hybrid issues throughout the day. Elfyn Evans had his chances at a win in Portugal slashed after a puncture on SS7. 

Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 Day Three

Sebastien Ogier became the third driver to lead the event. Ogier took the event lead after Rovanperä rolled off the road on SS11. Takamoto Katsuta broke his right rear suspension on SS12 ending his event. Ogier ended the penultimate day with an 11.9-second lead over Ott Tänak. Thierry Neuville sat third overall over a minute behind Ogier. Tänak and Ogier traded stage wins all day, with Tänak winning three and Ogier winning four of the days nine stages. 

Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 Day Four

The fourth and final day of Rally Portugal was set up to be a battle between Ogier and Tänak. With just four stages for Tänak to take the lead from Ogier, anything was possible. Ogier kicked off the day with a stage win expanding his lead to 18.1 seconds. Tänak won the next two stages closing the gap to just 10.1 seconds. 11.18 km would decide if Ogier took his record 6th Rally Portugal win and 60th career win, or if Tänak would take home his first win of the season. Ultimately Tänak beat out Ogier on the stage, however, Ogier was still able to take home the win. As Tänak only took 2.2 seconds out of Ogier’s lead. 

Underwhelming Event For Evans 

Elfyn Evans went into Rally Portugal just six points behind Thierry Neuville in the championship standings. However, Evans had his worst showing at an event in a while. A puncture on day two put Evans way out of contention for a win. He did manage to finish sixth on the Saturday standings. After both Rovanperä and Katsuta retired. Sunday wasn’t much better for the Welshman. As engine overheating issues on SS21 forced Evans to complete the stage in electric mode. Retirement was not an option for Evans who needed to finish the event to cash his Saturday points. 

The fourth and final day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to an end. Jan Solans held on to take the stage win. 

SS19, Cabeceiras de Basto 1

Sami Pajari kicked off the final day with a stage win. As the Finnish driver set a time 0.7 seconds faster than Josh McErlean to top the stage. Jan Solans finished third fastest on the stage, five seconds slower than McErlean. Lauri Joona was fourth fastest on the stage, 3.3 seconds slower than Solans. Yohan Rossel rounded out the top five on the stage, 11.3 seconds slower than Joona. 

SS20, Fafe 1

Sami Pajari also took home the stage win on the twentieth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 1.6 seconds faster than Josh McErlean. Jan Solans finished third fastest on the stage, 3.1 seconds slower than McErlean. Yohan Rossel set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.7 seconds slower than Solans. Georg Linnamäe rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.7 seconds slower than Rossel. 

SS21, Cabeceiras de Basto 2

Jan Solans took his first stage win of the day on the event’s penultimate stage. Setting a time 6.3 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel. Josh McErlean finished third fastest on the stage, 0.2 seconds slower than Rossel. Lauri Joona was fourth fastest on the stage, five seconds slower than McErlean. Martin Prokop rounded out the top five on the stage, 8.6 seconds slower than Joona. 

SS22, Fafe 2 Wolf Powerstage

Georg Linnamäe topped the final stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 2.8 seconds faster than Josh McErlean. Yohan Rossel finished with the third fastest time on the stage, 0.5 seconds slower than McErlean. Jan Solans set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 2.5 seconds slower than Rossel. Fabrizio Zaldivar rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.4 seconds slower than Solans. 

Day Three Recap

The fourth and final day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to an end. Sebastien Ogier held on to take the stage win. 

SS19, Cabeceiras de Basto 1

Sebastien Ogier topped the first stage of the final day. Setting a time 3.3 seconds faster than Thierry Neuville to top the stage. Ott Tänak was their fastest on the stage, finishing 6.2 seconds slower than Ogier and 2.9 seconds slower than Neuville. Adrien Fourmaux was fourth fastest on the stage, 2.2 seconds slower than Tänak. Elfyn Evans rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.1 seconds slower than Fourmaux. 

SS20, Fafe 1

Ott Tänak took home the stage win on the twentieth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time four seconds faster than Thierry Neuville to top the stage. Sebastien Ogier finished third fastest on the stage, 4.5 seconds slower than Tänak and 0.5 seconds slower than Neuville. Elfyn Evans set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.8 seconds slower than Ogier. Takamoto Katsuta rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing two seconds slower than Evans.

SS21, Cabeceiras de Basto 2

Ott Tänak also took home the stage win on the event’s penultimate stage. Setting a time 1.4 seconds faster than Thierry Neuville to take his second stage win of Super Sunday and the Super Sunday lead. Adrien Fourmaux finished third fastest on the stage, 1.7 seconds slower than Tänak and 0.3 seconds slower than Neuville. Sebastien Ogier posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 1.8 seconds slower than Fourmaux. Takamoto Katsuta rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 10.8 seconds slower than Ogier. 

SS22, Fafe 2 Wolf Powerstage

Thierry Neuville took home the final stage win of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 0.1 seconds faster than Ott Tänak. Kalle Rovanperä was third fastest on the stage, 2.2 seconds slower than Neuville and two seconds slower than Tänak. Sebastien Ogier set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.1 seconds slower than Rovanperä. Takamoto Katsuta rounded out the top five on the stage, 1.1 seconds slower than Ogier

Day Three Recap

The third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to an end. Jan Solans took the WRC2 class lead after a chaotic day. 

SS10, Felgueiras 1

Sami Pajari kicked off the penultimate day with a stage win. As the Finnish driver set a time 1.2 seconds faster than Josh McErlean to top the stage. Oliver Solberg was third fastest on the stage, finishing 0.9 seconds slower than McErlean. Gus Greensmith was fourth fastest on the stage, two seconds slower than Solberg. Yohan Rossel rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.9 seconds slower than Greensmith. 

SS11, Montim 1

Kris Meeke took the stage win on the second stage of the day. Finishing with a time 0.2 seconds faster than Sami Pajari. Jan Solans set the third fastest time on the stage, 1.5 seconds slower than Pajari. Yohan Rossel was fourth fastest on the stage, 1.2 seconds slower than Solans. Gus Greensmith rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.8 seconds slower than Rossel. 

SS12, Amarante 1

Yohan Rossel topped the twelfth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 6.9 seconds faster than Gus Greensmith on the stage. Sami Pajari finished third fastest on the stage, 1.1 seconds slower than Greensmith. Josh McErlean set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 2.2 seconds slower than Pajari. Jan Solans rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.7 seconds slower than McErlean. 

SS13, Paredes 1

Josh McEarlean capped off the morning loop with his first stage win of the day. Setting a time 0.1 seconds faster than Jan Solans. Georg Linnamäe finished third fastest on the stage, 0.4 seconds slower than Solans. Roope Korhonen posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, one second slower than Linnamäe. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, 0.3 seconds slower than Korhonen. 

SS14, Felgueiras 2

Sami Pajari kicked off the afternoon loop in the same fashion as the morning loop, with a stage win. As Pajari set a time 1.6 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to take the stage win. Georg Linnamäe finished third fastest on the stage, 1.7 seconds slower than Rossel. Josh McErlean was fourth fastest on the stage, 0.2 seconds slower than Linnamäe. Kris Meeke rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.6 seconds slower than McErlean. 

SS15, Montim 2

Sami Pajari also took home the stage win on the fifteenth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 0.8 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel. Josh McErlean finished third fastest on the stage, 1.3 seconds slower than Rossel. Kris Meeke set the fourth fastest on the stage, 0.3 seconds slower than McErlean. Jan Solans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.6 seconds slower than Meeke. 

SS16, Amarante 2

Sami Pajari took his third consecutive stage win on SS16. Setting a time 0.5 seconds faster than Jan Solans to take the stage win. Kris Meeke finished third fastest on the stage, 2.3 seconds slower than Solans. Yohan Rossel posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 4.8 seconds slower than Meeke. Josh McErlean rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.9 seconds slower than Rossel. 

SS17, Paredes 2

Yohan Rossel took home the stage win on the penultimate stage of the day. With a time seven seconds faster than Jan Solans. Sami Pajari and Georg Linnamäe tied for third fastest on the stage, with both drivers setting a time 2.3 seconds slower than Solans. Roope Korhenon rounded out the top five times on the stage, finishing 1.2 seconds slower than Pajari and Linnamäe. 

SS18, Lousada

Yohan Rossel also took home the stage win on the final stage of the third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. Setting a time 0.6 seconds faster than Sami Pajari. Georg Linnamäe finished third fastest on the stage, 0.3 seconds slower than Pajari. Jan Solans was fourth fastest on the stage, 0.8 seconds slower than Linnamäe. Martin Prokop rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.3 seconds slower than Solans. 

What To Expect From Day Four

The fourth and final day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal will see drivers contest 62.18 km across 4 stages. The longest of these stages is the 19.91 km Cabeceiras de Basto stage. While the shortest is the famed 11.18 Fafe stage, which will serve as the Wolf Powerstage.

Day Two Recap

The third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to an end. Sebastien Ogier took the event lead after a chaotic day. 

SS10, Felgueiras 1

Kalle Rovanperä kicked off the penultimate day with a stage win. As the two-time Rally Portugal winner set a time 4.2 seconds faster than Ott Tänak. Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville tied for third fastest on the stage, with both drivers finishing 5.7 seconds slower than Rovanperä and 1.5 seconds slower than Tänak. Takamoto Katsuta rounded out the top five times on the stage, finishing 0.5 seconds slower than Ogier and Neuville. 

SS11, Montim 1

Sebastien Ogier took home the stage win on the second stage of the day. With a time 0.5 seconds faster than Ott Tänak. Adrien Fourmaux finished third fastest on the stage, 6.5 seconds slower than Ogier and six seconds slower than Tänak. Dani Sordo set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 2.8 seconds slower than Fourmaux. Takamoto Katsuta rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.2 seconds slower than Sordo. 

SS12, Amarante 1

Ott Tänak claimed the stage win on the twelfth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. Setting a time 3.6 seconds faster than Sebastien Ogier to top his first stage of the day. Dani Sordo was third fastest on the stage, 15.4 seconds slower than Tänak and 11.8 seconds slower than Ogier. Thierry Neuville finished fourth fastest on the stage, finishing 0.4 seconds slower than Sordo. Elfyn Evans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 8.3 seconds slower than Neuville. 

SS13, Paredes 1

Sebastien Ogier capped off the morning loop with his second stage win of the day. As the Frenchman posted a time 8.5 seconds faster than fellow countryman Adrien Fourmaux to win the stage. Thierry Neuville finished third fastest on the stage, 12 seconds slower than Ogier and 8.5 seconds slower than Fourmaux. Elfyn Evans set the fourth fastest time on the stage, finishing 0.1 seconds slower than Neuville. Dani Sordo rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 1.2 seconds slower than Evans. 

SS14, Felgueiras 2

Ott Tänak kicked off the afternoon loop of stages with his second stage win of the day. As the Estonian set a time 2.4 seconds faster than Thierry Neuville. Dani Sordo finished third fastest on the stage, three seconds slower than Tänak and 0.6 seconds slower than Neuville. Sebastien Ogier posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.2 seconds slower than Sordo. Elfyn Evans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 4.7 seconds slower than Ogier. 

SS15, Montim 2

Ott Tänak also took the stage win on the fifteenth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 2.1 seconds faster than Adrien Fourmuax. Thierry Neuville set the third fastest time on the stage, 2.2 seconds slower than Tänak and 0.1 seconds slower than Fourmaux. Sebastien Ogier set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.4 seconds slower than Neuville. Dani Sordo rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 1.2 seconds slower than Ogier. 

SS16, Amarante 2

Sebastien Ogier set the fastest time on the sixteenth stage of the event. Setting a time 4.1 seconds faster than Ott Tänak. Adrien Fourmaux finished third fastest on the stage, 11 seconds slower than Ogier and 6.9 seconds slower than Tänak. Dani Sordo was fourth fastest on the stage, 3.8 seconds slower than Fourmaux. Thierry Neuville rounded out the top five on the stage, with a time 4.3 seconds slower than Sordo. 

SS17, Paredes 2

Sebastien Ogier also topped the penultimate stage of the day. With a time 0.4 seconds faster than Thierry Neuville to take his second consecutive stage win. Adrien Fourmaux finished third fastest on the stage, one second slower than Ogier and 0.6 seconds slower than Neuville. Ott Tänak set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.6 seconds slower than Fourmaux. Elfyn Evans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 7.7 seconds slower than Tänak. 

SS18, Lousada

Adrien Fourmaux capped off the penultimate day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 with his first stage win of the weekend. Setting a time 0.3 seconds faster than Ott Tänak. Thierry Neuville was third fastest on the stage 0.6 seconds slower than Fourmaux and 0.3 seconds slower than Tänak. Dani Sordo posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 1.1 seconds slower than Neuville. Sebastien Ogier rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.2 seconds slower than Sordo. 

Chaotic Day 

Compared to the WRC2 class, Rally1 was actually pretty calm. As few major incidents happened on the day. First Kalle Rovanperä rolled out of the event lead on SS11. Takamoto Katsuta broke his right rear suspension on SS12. Grégoire Munster had engine issues throughout the day, although the exact issue is unknown. Finally, Ott Tänak had a slow puncture in the afternoon which cost him the lead. Rovanperä will return for the final day to help Toyota chase valuable manufacturers’ championship points. 

What To Expect From Day Four

The fourth and final day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal will see drivers contest 62.18 km across 4 stages. The longest of these stages is the 19.91 km Cabeceiras de Basto stage. While the shortest is the famed 11.18 Fafe stage, which will serve as the Wolf Powerstage. Kalle Rovanperä will be first on the road tomorrow, followed by Takamoto Katsuta and Grégoire Munster. Being Super Sunday drivers will likely push to gain as many extra points as possible, especially Elfyn Evans who sits sixth overall heading into the final day. Thierry Neuville will also push to try to score more points than Evans. Ogier and Tänak will both push because they are battling for the event win. 

Kalle Rovanperä and Oliver Solberg have retired from Vodafone Rally De Portugal on day three. Find out more about the retirements below. 

Rolling Rovanperä

Kalle Rovanperä entered the penultimate day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 with a one-second lead over Sebastien Ogier. On the day’s opening stage, Rovanperä expanded his lead to 6.7 seconds over Ogier. Rovanperä’s expanded lead was short-lived, however. As I’m SS11 the two-time Rally Portugal winner rolled his Toyota Yaris Rally1 onto its side up against a tree. This left Rovanperä with no option but to retire as he couldn’t roll the car back over on his own to continue day three. 

Will Rovanperä Return? 

Chances are yes Rovanperä will return for Super Sunday tomorrow. However, this isn’t confirmed as at this moment it’s unknown what damage his car has, if any. All we know at this time is he’s out for the day. It’s an unfortunate end for Rovanperä who was looking to win his third consecutive Rally Portugal this weekend. Joining the likes of Hannu Mikkola and Miki Biasion with three wins at the legendary event. That hope will have to wait for another year. Sebastien Ogier now holds a 3.4-second lead over Ott Tänak. 

Solberg Also Rolls

If you had told me before the start of day three that both the event leader and the WRC2 leader would roll a couple of hundred meters from each other I probably would’ve laughed. However, that is exactly what happened. As Oliver Solberg rolled his Škoda Fabia a couple of corners after where Rovanperä rolled. Solberg started the third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal with a 7.3-second lead over Yohan Rossel who he co-leads the WRC2 championship with. After finishing third in the WRC2 category on the day’s opening stage, Solberg expanded his lead over Rossel to 10.2 seconds. Much like Rovanperä that expanded lead was short-lived. 

Will Solberg Return? 

Unlike Rovanperä, Solberg rolled his car multiple times after launching off a berm on the inside of a corner. Solberg rolled three or four times before landing. From the looks of it, his Škoda had suspension damage as the driver-side front wheel was down. It won’t be a quick fix and the Swede is definitely done for the day. Whether or not he returns for the final day tomorrow is up to his team’s mechanics. Yohan Rossel now holds a 5.9-second lead over Gus Greensmith. 

The second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to a close. Oliver Solberg took the WRC2 class lead after the day’s eight stages. 

SS2, Mortágua 1

Oliver Solberg kicked off the first full day of action with a stage win. As the Swede set a time 7.3 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to take his first stage win of the weekend. Sami Pajari was third fastest on the stage, 2.2 seconds slower than Rossel. Gus Greensmith finished fourth quickest on the stage, 5.7 seconds slower than Pajari. Lauri Joona rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 1.1 seconds slower than Greensmith. 

SS3, Lousã 1

Pierre-Louis Loubet took home the stage win on the third stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 0.1 seconds faster than Josh McErlean to win the stage. Gus Greensmith finished third fastest on the stage, 1.3 seconds slower than McErlean. Oliver Solberg set the fourth fastest time, 0.9 seconds slower than Greensmith. Kris Meeke rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.2 seconds slower than Solberg. 

SS4, Góis 1

Gus Greensmith topped the fourth stage of the weekend. Setting a time 2.5 seconds faster than teammate Pierre-Louis Loubet. Yohan Rossel and Teemu Suninen tied for the third fastest time on the stage, with both drivers finishing 0.7 seconds slower than Loubet. Oliver Solberg rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.7 seconds slower than Rossel and Suninen. 

SS5, Arganil 1

Oliver Solberg capped off the morning loop in the same fashion he started it in, with a stage win. As the championship co-leader set a time 5.1 seconds faster than Pierre-Louis Loubet to take the stage win. Yohan Rossel finished third fastest on the stage, 1.4 seconds slower than Loubet. Gus Greensmith posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, finishing 4.9 seconds slower than Rossel. Sami Pajari rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.1 seconds slower than Greensmith. 

SS6, Lousã 2

Pierre-Louis Loubet claimed the stage win on the sixth stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. With a time 0.5 seconds faster than fellow countryman Yohan Rossel. Gus Greensmith finished third fastest on the stage, one second slower than Rossel. Sami Pajari set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.5 seconds slower than Greensmith. Jan Solans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.6 seconds slower than Pajari. 

SS7, Góis 2

Gus Greensmith claimed the stage win on the seventh stage of the event. Posting a time 0.6 seconds faster than Yohan Rossel to take the stage win. Sami Pajari finished third fastest on the stage, 1.3 seconds slower than Rossel. Oliver Solberg set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 2.4 seconds slower than Pajari. Jan Solans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.6 seconds slower than Solberg. 

SS8, Arganil 2

Oliver Solberg took home the stage win on the penultimate stage of the day. With a time 0.4 seconds faster than Gus Greensmith. Yohan Rossel set the third fastest time on the stage, 0.1 seconds slower than Greensmith. Georg Linnamäe finished fourth fastest on the stage, 6.4 seconds slower than Rossel. Lauri Joona and Roope Korhonen rounded out the top five times on the stage. With both drivers finishing two seconds slower than Linnamäe. 

SS9, Mortágua 2

Oliver Solberg capped off the second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 with a stage win. Solberg set a time 5.2 seconds faster than Sami Pajari. Yohan Rossel finished third fastest on the stage, 0.1 seconds slower than Pajari. Lauri Joona posted the fourth fastest time on the stage, 5.3 seconds slower than Rossel. Gus Greensmith rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.6 seconds slower than Joona. 

What To Expect From Day Three

The third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal is also the longest, as drivers will contest 145.02 km across another eight stages. The third day’s longest stage is the monster 37.24 km Amarante stage which will push drivers to their limits. While the shortest stage is the 8.69 km Montim stage. The day will feature a single 44-minute service between the two loops.

Day One Recap

The second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to a close. Kalle Rovanperä took the event lead after the day’s eight stages. 

SS2, Mortágua 1

Takamoto Katsuta kicked off the first full day of action with a stage win. As the Japanese driver set a time 1.2 seconds faster than Thierry Neuville. Ott Tänak finished third fastest on the stage, 2.1 seconds slower than Katsuta and 0.9 seconds slower than Neuville. Elfyn Evans was fourth fastest on the stage, 1.8 seconds slower than Tänak. Kalle Rovanperä and Adrien Fourmaux rounded out the top five on the stage, with both drivers finishing 1.8 seconds slower than Evans. 

SS3, Lousã 1

Dani Sordo took home the stage win on the third stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. As the Spaniard posted a time 3.2 seconds faster than Kalle Rovanperä to claim his first stage win of the weekend. Ott Tänak once again finished third fastest on the stage, 4.2 seconds slower than Sordo and one second slower than Rovanperä. Takamoto Katsuta set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.6 seconds slower than Tänak. Elfyn Evans rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.6 seconds slower than Katsuta. 

SS4, Góis 1

Dani Sordo also claimed the stage win on the fourth stage of the event. With a time 1.8 seconds faster than Kalle Rovanperä to become the first driver to win more than one stage this weekend. Adrien Fourmaux was third fastest on the stage, 2.1 seconds slower than Sordo and 0.3 seconds slower than Rovanperä. Sebastien Ogier set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 0.4 seconds slower than Fourmaux. Takamoto Katsuta rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.3 seconds slower than Ogier. 

SS5, Arganil 1

Thierry Neuville capped off the morning loop with his first stage win of the day. As the championship leader set a time 2.2 seconds faster than Kalle Rovanperä to win the stage. Takamoto Katsuta was third fastest on the stage, finishing 2.3 seconds slower than Neuville and 0.1 seconds slower than Rovanperä. Sebastien Ogier finished fourth quickest on the stage, 0.7 seconds slower than Katsuta. Ott Tänak rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 1.4 seconds slower than Ogier. 

SS6, Lousã 2

Sebastien Ogier took his first stage win of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 on the sixth stage of the event. As the Frenchman posted a time 1.1 seconds faster than Kalle Rovanperä to win the stage. Dani Sordo finished third fastest on the stage, finishing 2.2 seconds slower than Ogier and 1.1 seconds slower than Rovanperä. Ott Tänak set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 1.3 seconds slower than Sordo. Takamoto Katsuta rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.6 seconds slower than Tänak. 

SS7, Góis 2

Dani Sordo took his third stage win of the weekend on SS7. With a time 1.1 seconds faster than Sebastien Ogier to top the stage. Kalle Rovanperä finished third fastest on the stage, 2.5 seconds slower than Sordo and 1.4 seconds slower than Ogier. Takamoto Katsuta set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 2.6 seconds slower than Rovanperä. Ott Tänak rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 2.9 seconds slower than Katsuta. 

SS8, Arganil 2

Kalle Rovanperä took home his first stage win of the event on SS8. With a time 0.1 seconds faster than Ott Tänak to take the stage win. Takamoto Katsuta finished third fastest on the stage, 0.8 seconds slower than Rovanperä and 0.7 seconds slower than Tänak. Sebastien Ogier set the fourth fastest time, 2.5 seconds slower than Katsuta. Dani Sordo rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 4.1 seconds slower than Ogier. 

SS9, Mortágua 2

Sebastien Ogier took home the stage win on the final stage of day one at Vodafone Rally De Portugal. With a time 3.2 seconds faster than Kalle Rovanperä on the stage. Ott Tänak finished third fastest on the stage, 4.9 seconds slower than Ogier and 1.7 seconds slower than Rovanperä. Takamoto Katsuta set the fourth fastest time on the stage, 6.9 seconds slower than Tänak. Thierry Neuville rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 8.4 seconds slower than Katsuta. 

A Close Battle

Kalle Rovanperä ends the second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 with a one-second lead over Sebastien Ogier. Takamoto Katsuta sits third overall at the end of the day, 4.7 seconds behind Rovanperä and 3.7 behind Ogier. Ott Tänak sits just 0.7 seconds behind Katsuta in fourth. Dani Sordo rounds out the top five to tend the day, 17.9 seconds behind Rovanperä and 12.5 behind Tänak. 

What To Expect From Day Three

The third day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal is also the longest, as drivers will contest 145.02 km across another eight stages. The third day’s longest stage is the monster 37.24 km Amarante stage which will push drivers to their limits. While the shortest stage is the 8.69 km Montim stage. The day will feature a single 44-minute service between the two loops. Grégoire Munster will be first on the road as he is last in the Rally1 class. Elfyn Evans will once again be second on the road after a puncture cost him valuable time. Adrien Fourmaux will be third on the road. 

Day One Recap

The first day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to a close. Thierry Neuville leads after the days lone stage. 

Shakedown 

Gus Greensmith topped the shakedown stage in the WRC2 category. With a time 0.3 seconds faster than fellow Toksport teammate Pierre-Louis Loubet. Oliver Solberg finished third fastest, 0.8 seconds slower than Greensmith and 0.5 seconds slower than Loubet. Sami Pajari posted the fourth fastest time in the shakedown stage, 0.6 seconds slower than Solberg. Roope Korhenon rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.2 seconds slower than Pajari. 

SS1, Figueira da Foz

WRC2 championship leader Yohan Rossel took home an early advantage on SS1 with a stage win. As the Frenchman set a time 0.5 seconds faster than fellow countryman Pierre-Louis Loubet. Kris Meeke finished third fastest on the opening stage of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024. Finishing 1.1 seconds slower than Rossel and 0.6 seconds slower than Loubet. Oliver Solberg was fourth quickest on the stage, 0.5 seconds slower than Meeke. Armindo Araújo rounded out the top five on the stage, finishing 0.2 seconds slower than Solberg. 

What To Expect From Vodafone Rally De Portugal Day Two

The second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal is where the action truly gets underway. Drivers will contest 126.90 km across eight stages. The day’s longest stage will be the 18.72 km Agranil stage. While the shortest is the 12.28 km Lousã stage. Drivers may opt to drive more on the side of caution. As the day doesn’t feature a midday service. In addition to not having a midday service. Drivers will have to use the same tires as day one’s SuperSpecial stage for the morning loop. This will add an additional challenge for the drivers during the opening loop of four stages. Yohan Rossel will be the first WRC2 car on the road, followed by Oliver Solberg and Nikolay Gryazin. 

The first day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 has come to a close. Thierry Neuville leads after the days lone stage. 

Shakedown 

Dani Sordo was right back into form for the shakedown stage. As the Spaniard set the fastest time, 0.5 seconds faster than Ott Tänak. Thierry Neuville finished third fastest, 0.9 seconds slower than Sordo and 0.4 seconds slower than Tänak. Sebastien Ogier posted the fourth fastest time, 0.1 seconds slower than Neuville. Adrien Fourmaux rounded out the top five on the Vodafone Rally De Portugal shakedown stage. With a time 0.1 seconds slower than Ogier. 

SS1, Figueira da Foz

Championship leader Thierry Neuville kicked off Vodafone Rally De Portugal 2024 with a stage win. As the Belgian posted a time 0.6 seconds faster than Sebastien Ogier to top the stage. Ott Tänak and Takamoto Katsuta tied for third fastest on the stage, with both drivers finishing two seconds slower than Neuville and 1.4 seconds slower than Ogier. Kalle Rovanperä rounded out the top five times on the opening stage, finishing 0.4 seconds slower than Tänak and Katsuta. 

What To Expect From Vodafone Rally De Portugal Day Two

The second day of Vodafone Rally De Portugal is where the action truly gets underway. Drivers will contest 126.90 km across eight stages. The day’s longest stage will be the 18.72 km Agranil stage. While the shortest is the 12.28 km Lousã stage. Drivers may opt to drive more on the side of caution. As the day doesn’t feature a midday service. In addition to not having a midday service. Drivers will have to use the same tires as day one’s SuperSpecial stage for the morning loop. This will add an additional challenge for the drivers during the opening loop of four stages. Thierry Neuville will be on road sweeping duties as he leads the championship. Elfyn Evans will be second and Adrien Fourmuax third on the road.