WRC Portugal: Sebastien Ogier leads all-VW superspecial top three
|Thursday, April 3rd 2014, 17:59 GMT|
Sebastien Ogier began the Rally of Portugal on top as he set the quickest time on Thursday evening's superspecial.
The reigning World Rally champion was 1.3 seconds quicker than Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala on the short opening Lisboa stage.
VW filled the top three places, with Andreas Mikkelsen one of the early pacesetters and slotting into third place.
Hyundai took best of the rest honours as Thierry Neuville put the i20 fourth, ahead of Citroen's Kris Meeke and M-Sport's leading driver Mikko Hirvonen
The full-length stages commence on Friday morning.
Leading positions after SS1: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Sebastien Ogier VW 2m52.7s 2. Jari-Matti Latvala VW +1.3s 3. Andreas Mikkelsen VW +2.2s 4. Thierry Neuville Hyundai +2.9s 5. Kris Meeke Citroen +3.6s 6. Mikko Hirvonen M-Sport Ford +4.3s 7. Ott Tanak M-Sport Ford +4.5s 8. Robert Kubica M-Sport Ford +4.8s 9. Mads Ostberg Citroen +4.8s 10. Juho Hanninen Hyundai +5.3s