|2012 Rally Portugal|
46º Rally de Portugal
|Round 4 of the 2012 World Rally Championship season|
Dani Sordo during Rally
|Rally base||Faro, Portugal|
|Dates run||29 March – 1 April 2012|
|Stages||22 (434.77 km; 270.15 miles)|
|Crews||49 at start, 30 at finish|
The 2012 Rally de Portugal was the fourth round of the 2012 World Rally Championship season and was based in Faro, Portugal. It started with a street stage in Lisbon on 29 March and concluded on 1 April after twenty-two special stages, totalling 434 competitive kilometres.
Before the rally
The rally was preceded by the "Fafe Rally Sprint", a single-stage exhibition event run over the famous Fafe stages in the country's north which was won by Ford World Rally Team driver Petter Solberg. Solberg's team-mate, Jari-Matti Latvala won the rally's qualifying stage on the Wednesday before the start of the rally. Latvala elected to run seventeenth on the road as a result; by contrast, Citroën Total World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Sébastien Loeb elected to run first and second respectively.
- ^† – The WRC Academy features only the first 13 stages of the rally.
|Day||Stage||Time (UTC+1)||Name||Length||Winner||Time||Avg. spd.||Rally leader|
|SS1||15:00||SSS Lisboa||3.27 km||Petter Solberg||2:57.1||66.47 km/h||Petter Solberg|
|SS2||20:19||Gomes Aires||10.19 km||Petter Solberg||6:38.1||92.15 km/h|
|SS3||20:49||Santa Clara||14.29 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||8:34.4||100.01 km/h||Jari-Matti Latvala|
|SS4||21:25||Ourique||11.10 km||Ott Tänak||6:45.5||98.55 km/h|
|SS5||12:01||Tavira 1||25.01 km||Dani Sordo||17:55.3||83.73 km/h||Petter Solberg|
|SS6||12:36||Alcarias 1||25.15 km||Dani Sordo||20:14.7||74.54 km/h||Mikko Hirvonen1|
|SS7||13:28||S. Brás de Alportel 1||16.18 km||Dani Sordo||13:11.7||73.57 km/h|
|SS8||15:56||Tavira 2||25.01 km||stages cancelled due to poor weather|
|SS9||16:31||Alcarias 2||25.15 km|
|SS10||17:23||S. Brás de Alportel 2||16.18 km|
|SS11||09:49||Almodovar 1||26.22 km||Dani Sordo||16:30.8||95.27 km/h|
|SS12||10:43||Vascao 1||25.29 km||Petter Solberg||17:03.5||88.95 km/h|
|SS13||11:33||Loulé 1||22.57 km||Petter Solberg||15:49.7||85.56 km/h|
|SS14||14:39||Almodovar 2||26.22 km||Petter Solberg||16:06.9||97.62 km/h|
|SS15||15:33||Vascao 2||25.29 km||Petter Solberg||16:16.5||93.24 km/h|
|SS16||16:23||Loulé 2||22.57 km||Dani Sordo||15:25.0||87.84 km/h|
|SS17||07:59||Silves 1||21.42 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||12:01.2||106.92 km/h|
|SS18||08:52||Santana de Serra 1||31.04 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||22:48.0||81.68 km/h|
|SS19||09:42||Sambro 1||5.08 km||Petter Solberg||3:09.2||96.66 km/h|
|SS20||12:23||Silves 2||21.42 km||Petter Solberg||12:05.2||106.33 km/h|
|SS21||13:16||Santana de Serra 2||31.04 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||22:54.1||81.32 km/h|
|SS22||14:10||Sambro 2 (Power stage)||5.08 km||Dani Sordo||3:10.4||96.05 km/h|
- ^1 — Mikko Hirvonen won the rally, but was excluded when event scrutineers found that parts in his Citroën DS3 WRC did not match the parts listed by his team. Hirvonen's exclusion mean that Adapta World Rally Team driver Mads Østberg was declared the winner
The "Power stage" was a 5.08 km (3.16 mi) stage at the end of the rally.
|1||Dani Sordo||3:10.473||0.000||96.1 km/h||3|
|2||Jari-Matti Latvala||3:10.747||+0.274||95.9 km/h||2|
|3||Ott Tänak||3:12.569||+2.096||95.0 km/h||1|
Championship standings after the event
- 1 2 3 refers to the classification of the drivers on the 'Power Stage', where bonus points are awarded 3–2–1 for the fastest three drivers on the stage.
|1||Citroën Total World Rally Team||37||28||43||0||108|
|2||Ford World Rally Team||15||40||15||26||96|
|3||M-Sport Ford World Rally Team||16||12||10||31||69|
|4||Qatar World Rally Team||8||8||15||31|
|5||Mini WRC Team†||26||26|
|6||Citroën Junior World Rally Team||6||12||18|
|7||Adapta World Rally Team||12||12|
|8||Brazil World Rally Team||10||10|
|–||Armindo Araújo World Rally Team‡||4||0|
- † — The Mini WRC Team lost its manufacturer status in February when parent company BMW withdrew works support from the team, demoting them to customer team status. The team kept the points it scored on Rallye Monte Carlo although it was no longer classified as a manufacturer entrant. They were replaced by the WRC Team Mini Portugal as the official Mini works team.
- ‡ — Armindo Araújo World Rally Team and Palmeirinha Rally merged to form WRC Team Mini Portugal. The points they scored at the Rallye Monte Carlo were removed from the manufacturers' championship.
SWRC Drivers' championship
WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
- 1 refers to the number of stages won, where a bonus point is awarded per stage win.
- Petter Solberg beats Sebastien Loeb to Fafe Rally Sprint win – WRC news – AUTOSPORT.com
- Ford dominates Rally Portugal qualifying as Latvala and Solberg finish fastest – WRC news – AUTOSPORT.com
- Ford and Citroen choose opposite running order strategy for opening stages of Rally Portugal – WRC news – AUTOSPORT.com
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- Evans, David (6 February 2012). "Prodrive loses status as MINI's factory World Rally Team". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
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