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WRC Portugal: Dani Sordo fastest in qualifying

Dani Sordo, Citroen, Portugal WRC 2013Dani Sordo set the fastest time on the qualifying stage for the Rally of Portugal, with World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier in second place.

Citroen's Spanish star built on his Fafe Rally Sprint victory last Saturday with scratch time at the three-mile stage close to the rally's Faro base.

Sordo was seven tenths of a second up on Ogier and 1.3s faster than his team-mate Mikko Hirvonen.

"I don't really like that road, but the feeling in the car is really, really good. I am happy with the time," said Sordo.

Ogier is still suffering from the flu that ruled him out of Fafe and admitted, under the circumstances, he was happy with second.

His fellow Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala was third with top M-Sport runner and last year's Portugal winner Mads Ostberg fourth.

Qualifying times:

Pos  Driver              Team/Car      Time       Gap
 1.  Dani Sordo          Citroen       3m01.618s
 2.  Sebastien Ogier     VW            3m02.318s  + 0.700s
 3.  Jari-Matti Latvala  VW            3m02.473s  + 0.855s
 4.  Mads Ostberg        M-Sport Ford  3m02.519s  + 0.901s
 5.  Mikko Hirvonen      Citroen       3m02.591s  + 0.973s
 6.  Evgeny Novikov      M-Sport Ford  3m03.228s  + 1.610s
 7.  Thierry Neuville    M-Sport Ford  3m03.681s  + 2.063s
 8.  Andreas Mikkelsen   VW            3m07.621s  + 6.003s
 9.  Nasser Al-Attiyah   M-Sport Ford  3m08.246s  + 6.628s
10.  Khalid Al Qassimi   Citroen       3m08.296s  + 6.678s
11.  Martin Prokop       Czech Ford    3m09.486s  + 7.868s
12.  Michal Kosciuszko   Italia Mini   3m12.067s  + 10.449s
13.  Dennis Kuipers      M-Sport Ford  3m13.857s  + 12.239s
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