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Portugal WRC: Neuville caps off Friday with two Super Special wins

 Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville topped both the Friday evening Super Specials in Rally Portugal as Kris Meeke maintained his half-a-minute lead over Sebastien Ogier.

Neuville was just a tenth quicker than Ogier in the first of two runs, with Andreas Mikkelsen bringing a second VW into the top three.

Thierry Neuville
Thierry Neuville

Dani Sordo, in fourth, was also just half a second slower, while Kris Meeke was off the pace by a futher second.

Neuville won the second loop more comfortably, beating Mikkelsen and Ogier by more than a second, the duo switching places in second and third.

Sordo was once again fourth, followed by the Ford of Martin Prokop.

Still struggling with steering issues, Latvala lost a further 16 seconds to the lead.

The stages saw no changes to the overall oder of the top 10, Meeke continuing to lead the way from Ogier, Sordo, Mikkelsen and Neuville

Top fifteen end of Stage 9

PosCar NoDriverCo-driverTeamEligibilityGroup ClassTimeDiff PrevDiff 1st
1.7GBRK. MEEKEGBRP. NAGLEAbu Dhabi Total World Rally TeamRC11:28:53.3
2.1FRAS. OGIERFRAJ. INGRASSIAVolkswagen MotorsportMRC11:29:25.2+31.9+31.9
3.4ESPD. SORDOESPM. MARTIHyundai MotorsportMRC11:29:30.6+5.4+37.3
4.9NORA. MIKKELSENNORA. JAEGER SYNNEVAGVolkswagen Motorsport IITRC11:29:45.6+15.0+52.3
5.20BELT. NEUVILLEBELN. GILSOULHyundai Motorsport NTRC11:30:05.5+19.9+1:12.2
6.8FRAS. LEFEBVREFRAG. MOREAUAbu Dhabi Total World Rally TeamRC11:30:26.8+21.3+1:33.5
7.5NORM. OSTBERGNORO. FLOENEM-Sport World Rally TeamMRC11:30:39.3+12.5+1:46.0
8.6FRAE. CAMILLIFRAB. VEILLASM-Sport World Rally TeamMRC11:30:43.0+3.7+1:49.7
9.2FINJ. LATVALAFINM. ANTTILAVolkswagen MotorsportMRC11:32:44.2+2:01.2+3:50.9
10.34SWEP. TIDEMANDSWEJ. ANDERSSONSkoda MotorsportWRC2RC21:32:45.3+1.1+3:52.0
11.21CZEM. PROKOPCZEJ. TOMANEKJipocar Czech National TeamTRC11:32:59.7+14.4+4:06.4
12.42PERN. FUCHSARGF. MUSSANONicolas Fuchs SierleckiWRC2RC21:33:20.8+21.1+4:27.5
13.31GBRE. EVANSGBRC. PARRYM-Sport World Rally TeamWRC2RC21:33:38.3+17.5+4:45.0
14.40FRAQ. GILBERTBELR. JAMOULGilbert QuentinWRC2RC21:33:59.3+21.0+5:06.0
15.32POLH. PTASZEKPOLM. SZCZEPANIAKThe PtockWRC2RC21:34:17.0+17.7+5:23.7

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