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      WRC 2013 : Rally de Portugal (11-14 April)

      Scheduled dates for Next rally - Vodafone Rally de Portugal are 11 to 14 Apr 2013

      Current results and standings:

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      Countdown for Rally de Portugal degins

      Countdown for Rally de Portugal begins. Rally will be held during 11th of April to 14th. Warmup session is starting on 6th.

      In between there are two news headlines on two Sebastiens of the Rally :

      Loeb at the wheel for Peugeot's Pikes Peak return

      Flu rules Ogier out of Fafe Rally Sprint
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      Rally Stunts and Stuntmen

      Ostberg & Eriksen testing for Portugal/ 7min. onboard:


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      WRC News - Ogier back to full strength for Portugal
      Looks like Sebastien Ogier is fit to participate in the Portugal rally who had to withdraw from Fafe Rally Sprint due to flu.
      I am skeptical if he can continue the success story of this season since he didn't have any practice in the Portugal.

      And here is new man in VW WRC team : Andreas Mikkelsen youngest driver ever to win a WRC point and two-time IRC champion.

      So countdown begins and the action starting from tomorrow in Portugal.

      Till than, here are some videos:







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      WRC portugal

      In progress. SS1 is on.

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      Oops! Mark Ostberg (Ford) , who was otherwise looking promising in the Portugal and had also won in SS2 stage, had rolled down his car and had to retire at so early stage. He had to retire from previous Mexico rally as well due to crash.
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      Ostberg, after crash : “I think I misheard a pace note or Jonas made a mistake, but I think it was me that misheard the note,” explained Ostberg. “I thought it was a ‘5 left minus’ but it definitely wasn’t.

      “I entered the corner far too quickly, hitting a bank on the outside. We rolled off the road on the inside and landed on the roof down on the next road. It was quite a hard crash. We landed on the roof but half a metre more and we would have continued further down, so it was good we stopped there,”


      Source : WRC - Ostberg, after crash
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      Highlights of stage 1 & 2 :
      Ostberg was leading till here




      Last stage of day 1 is going on right now.
      Live stage times : World Rally Championship - Results - Vodafone Rally de Portugal
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      Robert Kubica. Is anyone able to recall this name? Or remember what I posted sometimes back in main WRC 2013 thread? He is former F1 driver who debuted in WRC from Portugal rally. He was looking impressive till he end up being stranded with punctured and damaged tyres which spoiled his party.

      He came 4th in Friday test, then 3rd in next next, even when his car slipped and fallen into a ditch on roadside, but he successfully manged to take the car out of that ditch without loosing much time. Here is video of how he copped with in the situation when his car fallen in the ditch:




      Here is what WRC news update says on this:

      Punctures aside, Kubica’s debut had been an impressive one. He was fourth quickest though Friday's opening test and went third fastest on the next despite sliding wide into a ditch, damaging a front tyre and holing his car’s radiator on a branch.

      Kubica and co-driver Maciek Baran were able to seal the leaking radiator using repair putty carried on board before topping up the system with water from their drinking bottles.

      Kubica was second quickest on stage three and again on four, but at the expense of another two damaged tyres.

      His performance on the four gravel stages drew praise from the head of Citroen Racing, Yves Matton.


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      “For me he did a great performance today,” said Matton. “Despite no experience on gravel apart from two test days he was placed between Esapekka Lappi and Elfyn Evans – two young drivers who are being followed by manufacturers for the future.”

      Matton watched Kubica on all four gravel stages and was impressed with his approach. “His style is good – it’s very similar to the top drivers. He’s trying to drive where the grip is the best,” he said.

      “Driving with a sideways style is a little bit easier on the gravel and would give him more security, but we explained that the best way to be fast is to keep on the line and try to keep the wheels where there is most traction. That’s what he’s doing and that’s very impressive.”

      “For sure he had some punctures this morning but it’s something you have to learn,” he added.

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      Stage 3 & 4:


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