Stage 12 Portugal Rally news and standings- Kris Meeke off

Stage 12 Portugal Rally news and standings- Kris Meeke off

19.05.2018: WRC Rallyes 2018 Vodafone Portugal Rally Saturday, May 19th 2018 Sat 11:55 - SS12: WRC 2 WRC 2 cars are filtering well into the stage now, and at the fifth split Stéphane Lefebevre is 13.2sec up on Greensmith.

WRC Rallyes 2018
Vodafone Portugal Rally
Saturday, May 19th 2018




Sat 11:55 - SS12: WRC 2


WRC 2 cars are filtering well into the stage now, and at the fifth split Stéphane Lefebevre is 13.2sec up on Greensmith.



1.     BEL T. NEUVILLE    
2.     GBR E. EVANS     +29.9
3.     ESP D. SORDO     +34.9
4.     FIN T. SUNINEN     +54.6
5.     FIN E. LAPPI     +59.4
6.     NOR M. OSTBERG     +1:22.4
7.     IRL C. BREEN     +3:42.4
8.     NOR A. MIKKELSEN     +23:44.7



Sat 11:53 - SS12: Neuville


Neuville is the first driver to break the 25min barrier - he's 8.7sec faster than Lappi! "We made some small changes before the stage and obviously it is quite slippy in this one so I decided to push hard. It seems like the time is good. It is going to be rough this afternoon."



Sat 11:50 - SS12: Evans


Evans crosses the flying finish now and he's 8.5sec slower than Esapekka - and Thierry is 14sec faster at the final split! "Everything is fine but I could tell it wasn't going so well but didn't know what to do to change it. Didn't get any traction in the second half of that one."



Sat 11:47 - SS12: Sordo


Hyundai man Sordo is just 1.9sec off the lead time on this stage, a great time over the course of this 37.60km stage. "I do my best and I push in a good way. For me the stage was clean, I had a feeling like I would do well but Lappi is quite fast."



Sat 11:45 - SS12: Suninen


His gap over Lappi in the overall standings has dropped to 4.8sec as well.




Sat 11:44 - SS12: Suninen


The M-Sport Ford driver drops 4.5sec on that stage: "No real issues, just a few times late on the throttle but it has quite a big effect. It is so sandy that it isn't cleaning after one car or two cars."



Sat 11:41 - SS12: Lappi


Lappi is 11.8sec up on the fastest stage time as he reaches stop control. A good morning's work for him: "Everything is achievable, but there is a long afternoon coming up. We were maybe 15sec shy of the podium before this one but we'll see what happens. It is very sandy, but is the same for everyone I guess."



Sat 11:38 - SS12: Østberg


Mads is across the line 17.7sec faster than Breen, finishing his morning loop. "It is not easy to catch Lappi, every car on the road is helping and to be honest I don't want to risk anything. I'm just here to finish, I'm increasing my speed but he's increasing his as well."



Sat 11:36 - SS12: Neuville


Rally leader Thierry Neuville has completed 13.42km of this stage and he's done it faster than anyone, 2.6sec faster than Lappi. It seems his strategy of saving tyres on SS10/11 has worked for him at the moment.



Sat 11:33 - SS12: Meeke


On-board shows he goes for a left-hander and the rear of the car slides wide on him. Kris



Sat 11:30 - SS12: Meeke


He's off the road 31.1km into the stage. He's into the trees.




Sat 11:29 - SS12: Lappi


20.6km in, and Lappi remains the fastest man on the stage so far, he's 3.5sec up on Østberg and Meeke



Sat 11:26 - SS12: Suninen


Teemu has popped in a competitive third split, he's just 1.1sec down at this point in that tough battle for fourth place overall.




Sat 11:23 - SS12: Østberg


He's 0.4sec up on Meeke 13.42km into the longest stage of the rally, he's getting the advantage of his team-mates sweeping the road ahead of him.



Sat 11:19 - SS12: Lappi


Esapekka is 3.5sec up at the first of nine splits, while Østberg is the fastest of anyone at the third split 11.2km into Amarante



Sat 11:13 - SS12: Meeke


We've got three cars onto the stage now with the addition of Mads Østberg, and Meeke's pace notes are an interesting insight into how he and Paul Nagle work with the notes pointing out the "Second green tree" as they use everything they can to tackle this monster of a stage.



Sat 11:10 - SS12: Meeke


The red Citroën of Kris Meeke is next onto the stage - 3 minute gaps between our WRC cars today.



Sat 11:05 - SS12: Breen


Craig Breen gets the final stage of the morning loop underway now, 37.60km for him to tackle alongside Scott Martin




Sat 10:54 - Let's take a look at SS12:



Amarante 1, 37.60km The rally’s longest stage is a fraction shorter than in 2017. It’s wide, fast and flowing but there are plenty of corners among trees which are close to the road. The surface is smooth with a fine layer of gravel on top, but there are also short stretches of asphalt and cobbles. The middle section runs down one side of a valley before returning up the other side and offers great viewing for fans. Organisers have built small banks in places to prevent cutting.




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