WRC Portugal: Dani Sordo fastest in qualifying

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

WRC Portugal: Dani Sordo fastest in qualifying

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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