|2015 Rally de Portugal|
49º Rally de Portugal
|Round 5 of the 2015 World Rally Championship season|
|Rally base||Matosinhos, Portugal|
|Dates run||21 – 24 May 2015|
|Stages||16 (351.71 km; 218.54 miles)|
|Overall distance||1,529.43 km (950.34 miles)|
|Overall winner|| Jari-Matti Latvala|
|Crews||94 at start, 64 at finish|
The 2015 Rally de Portugal was the fifth round of the 2015 World Rally Championship season. For the first time since 2001, the Rally de Portugal returned to the north of Portugal, returning to the stage sections that earned the rally the world's best award 6 times, and large crowds lined the stages.
The race began with the return of the mythical super special stage at Lousada rallycross track, with 15,000 spectators attending. As in the shakedown, Andreas Mikkelsen was the fastest, followed by Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala. Robert Kubica took the all-new Ford Fiesta RS WRC – as premiered by M-Sport – to 4th place.
On the second day of the event, the rally moved to the Minho Province, with the section of Caminha proving to be quite hard, causing several dropouts and mechanical breakdowns. Ogier, as championship leader, was first into the stages and suffered a flat tyre on the second stage and finished the day in 2nd overall. At the end of the fifth stage, Latvala was the leader by 11.1 seconds ahead of Kris Meeke, with Mikkelsen 16 seconds down in third. Dani Sordo, winner of the first stage of the day, was only 5th.
On Saturday, Ogier regained some time, winning all three afternoon stages and finished the day in 2nd place, 9.5 seconds behind the leader, Latvala. Meeke won two of the stages and was 3rd, 20 seconds behind Latvala. Mikkelsen – the day's other stage winner – was fourth, trailing Meeke by 1.1 seconds. Elfyn Evans retired after the day's first stage with electrical problems in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, while Tanak and Sordo – already at more than a minute behind the lead – were out of the fight for a podium finish. Neuville overturned and Ostberg suffered engine problems in his Citroën.
On Sunday, three stages remained; two runs of the Fafe stage – the second being the power stage – with one pass through the Vieira do Minho. On the first pass of Fafe, and the benefit of a better road position, Ogier gained 1.7 seconds on Latvala. Latvala recovered the time loss and increased the advantage to 10.4 seconds, while Mikkelsen moved ahead of Meeke into a podium position. In the decisive power-stage, Ogier recovered 2.2 seconds on Latvala, and as a result, Latvala won the event by 8.2 seconds.
Event standings (top-10)
|1||2||Jari-Matti Latvala||Miikka Anttila||Volkswagen Motorsport||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||WRC||3:30:35.3||28|
|2||1||Sébastien Ogier||Julien Ingrassia||Volkswagen Motorsport||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||WRC||3:30:43.5||+8.2||21|
|3||9||Andreas Mikkelsen||Mikko Markkula||Volkswagen Motorsport II||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||WRC||3:31:03.9||+28.6||16|
|4||3||Kris Meeke||Paul Nagle||Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT||Citroën DS3 WRC||WRC||3:31:24.0||+48.7||12|
|5||6||Ott Tänak||Raigo Mõlder||M-Sport World Rally Team||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||WRC||3:32:32.1||+1:56.8||10|
|6||8||Dani Sordo||Marc Martí||Hyundai Motorsport||Hyundai i20 WRC||WRC||3:33:03.2||+2:27.9||8|
|7||4||Mads Østberg||Jonas Andersson||Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT||Citroën DS3 WRC||WRC||3:33:07.5||+2:32.2||6|
|8||20||Hayden Paddon||John Kennard||Hyundai Shell World Rally Team||Hyundai i20 WRC||WRC||3:33:29.6||+2:54.3||4|
|9||14||Robert Kubica||Maciej Szczepaniak||RK M-Sport World Rally Team||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||WRC||3:35:14.4||+4:39.1||2|
|10||21||Martin Prokop||Jan Tománek||Jipocar Czech National Team||Ford Fiesta RS WRC||WRC||3:38:06.5||+7:31.2||1|
|SS1||SSS Lousada||3.36 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||2:41.1||Andreas Mikkelsen|
|SS2||Ponte de Lima 1||27.53 km||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC||19:41.5||Dani Sordo|
|SS3||Caminha 1||18.05 km||Mads Østberg||Citroën DS3 WRC||10:48.9||Andreas Mikkelsen|
|SS4||Viana do Castelo 1||18.73 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||11:38.3||Jari-Matti Latvala|
|SS5||Ponte de Lima 2||27.53 km||Stage cancelled|
|SS6||Caminha 2||18.05 km||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||10:49.6|
|SS7||Viana do Castelo 2||18.73 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||11:30.1|
|SS8||Baião 1||18.57 km||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||11:48.3|
|SS9||Marão 1||26.30 km||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS3 WRC||17:11.1|
|SS10||Fridão 1||37.67 km||Kris Meeke||Citroën DS3 WRC||25:40.5|
|SS11||Baião 2||18.57 km||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||11:43.0|
|SS12||Marão 2||26.30 km||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||16:58.7|
|SS13||Fridão 2||37.67 km||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||25:17.9|
|SS14||Fafe 1||11.15 km||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||6:49.8|
|SS15||Vieira do Minho||32.35 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||20:38.7|
|SS16||Fafe 2 (Power Stage)||11.15 km||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||6:43.0|
The "Power stage" was a 11.15 km (6.93 mi) stage at the end of the rally.
|1||Sébastien Ogier||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||6:43.0||0.0||3|
|2||Jari-Matti Latvala||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||6:45.2||+2.2||2|
|3||Andreas Mikkelsen||Volkswagen Polo R WRC||6:47.0||+4.0||1|
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