Bumper entry for Rally Portugal: standard sport
Ten world rally cars feature in an 81-car bumper entry for the Vodafone Rally de Portugal which runs Thursday through Sunday.
The fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship also has a large number in the Support categories, with a combined total of 37 competitors in WRC2 and WRC3 ready to serve a lot of action.
Rally Croatia winner Sébastien Ogier tops the list with regular Toyota Gazoo Racing teammates Elfyn Evans, Kalle Rovanperä and Japanese hotshot Takamoto Katsuta in a Yaris World Rally Cars quartet.
Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak will be joined by Dani Sordo in the Hyundai Motorsport camp. The Spaniard will drive an i20 World Rally Car for the first time since Rallye Monte-Carlo with new co-driver Borja Rozada. Adrien Fourmaux is back for his second stint in a World Rally Car
Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux will spearhead M-Sport Ford’s Fiesta World Rally Car attack. Fourmaux is back in the saddle thanks to a strong performance at Rally Croatia last month where he finished fifth.
Hyundai 2C Competition offers a single i20 for Pierre-Louis Loubet. The Frenchman will make his debut with new co-driver Florian Haut-Labourdette after recently announcing the end of his partnership with co-driver Vincent Landais.
In WRC2, the 12-car entry has been the largest in the series’ leading support category for more than two years.
Despite a disappointing result in Croatia, Andreas Mikkelsen dominates the order in a Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo prepared by Toksport. His teammate Marco Bulacia joins him for the first gravel rally of this season.
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Teemu Suninen will once again drive a Ford Fiesta Rally2 for the M-Sport Ford team. The Finn finished second in Croatia and could be one to watch, while other key protagonists will be Mads Østberg, Esapekka Lappi, Oliver Solberg and Nikolay Gryazin.
The list of 25 entered in WRC3 is managed by the French couple Yohan Rossel and Nicolas Ciamin in similar Citroën C3 Rally2 cars. Polish star Kajetan Kajetanowicz is also involved in a Skoda after his victory in Rally Croatia.
Mads Østberg is back, fresh off his victory in Croatia
Some of Portugal’s biggest plots will be reserved for Car 57, driven by André Villas-Boas. The former football coach of Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur has been avid rallying for some time and will make his WRC debut in a Citroën prepared by Sports and You in WRC3.