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Trini photographer at WRC Rally Portugal 2024

Trini photographer at WRC Rally Portugal 2024

Drama, close battles, big jumps and lots of action… round five of the 2024 World Rally Championship served it all up as teams switched back into gravel mode for the legendary Rally Portugal. Twenty-two stages saw fierce and close competition over the three days of the event. An event regarded as one of the toughest on the calendar was smoother than usual as rains the weekend before resulted in the surface being more compact. 

Eight-time champion driver Seb Ogier with Vincent Landais on the notes in a Toyota Yaris Rally 1 Hybrid showed his pedigree once again as the duo held off a resurgent Ott Tanak & Martin Jarveoja in the Hyundai i20 N Rally 1 Hybrid to claim the top spot by 7.9 seconds after 337.04km’s of competitive stages. The result was the 60th career WRC win and a now record 6th Rally Portugal victory for Ogier! 
Rounding out the top 3 was Thierry Neuville & Martijn Wydaeghe also in a Hyundai Rally 1. Neuville stated that he was very happy with the result as he never expected to be on the podium with his opening road sweeping position. With their closest title contenders Elfyn Evans and Scott Martin having a tough rally, Neuville & Wydaeghe continued the charge for that first elusive WRC drivers championship.
M-sport Ford WRT continued with a positive start to the season as their leading crew of Adrian Formaux & Alexandre Coria grabbed a hard-fought and respectable 4th overall. 
 
In the WRC2 category, another close battle saw Toyota also claim the top spot with the Spaniards Jan Solans & Rodrigo Sanjuan piloting the GR Yaris Rally2 to its first victory. The second position, just 3.2 seconds behind went to the Irish duo of Josh McErlean & James Fulton in a Skoda Fabia RS Rally 2. The rapidly rising Finnish team of Lauri Joona & Janni Hussi claimed their first podium to round out the top 3. These results could have been a lot different had day 1 leaders Oliver Solberg & Elliot Edmondson not rolled early on day 2 and championship hopefuls Gus Greensmith & Jonas Andersson ‘beached’ their car after taking the lead. 
 
The 2024 season heads to the Italian island of Sardenga in a few weeks for what is expected to be another tough and competitive weekend of rallying! 
 


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