Wet conditions could hinder Rally Portugal leaders, who will run last
|By David Evans||Friday, March 30th 2012, 09:06 GMT|
The second day of the Rally of Portugal will start in some of the wettest conditions for the World Rally Championship in recent years, which could work to the detriment of the current leaders.
The torrential rain which arrived in the Algarve area last night has continued into this morning, with the stages north of the rally's Faro base turning extremely muddy.
In these conditions, the best place on the road is at the front of the field, with the gravel stages worsening in condition with every car that passes.
Under new regulations, which stipulate the leaderboard is reversed at the end of the leg to leave the slowest World Rally Cars running first on the road and sweeping the loose gravel clean in dry conditions, the fastest drivers from yesterday's four stages will be in the worst conditions.
"It will be tough," said rally leader Latvala, "but the main thing is that the competition for us is close around us: Mikko [Hirvonen] is only two cars ahead."