Another roller-coaster day for Craig Breen and Paul Nagle.
Just the short SuperSpecial stage on the streets of Porto remains on Saturday’s itinerary but the Ford Puma crew,. despite an other puncture have moved up one position to sixth overall.
The Sunday itinerary boasts five stages, including two passes of the Fafe stage and its famous jump. The second pass of Fafe (11.18km) will offer additional points, acting as the rally’s Power Stage.
Meanwhile, Pirelli have launched an investigation in to why so many crews suffered punctures on what was supposed to be a new tyre developed specifically for Portugal
“The opening full day of Rally Portugal was the longest of the event with the most stages – and it also contained roads that were even more demanding than usual. Sharp rocks and deep ruts from the passage of 100 cars led to numerous incidents in the afternoon with some damage to tyres on SS5, SS6 and SS7 in particular,” said a company statement.
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