Rally de Portugal - 3rd Day - 1st Loop: 1-2-3 for Toyota with Evans in front as Loeb retires

At the end of the morning loop of the third day, Elfyn Evans is still leading Rally de Portugal with Kalle Rovanpera and Takamoto Katsuta following him.

Elfyn Evans remains on the top of the overall classification and set the fastest time in Stage 10 and 12 while he was slower than his teammate in SS11, Kalle Rovanpera.

Kalle Rovanpera is still second, but he decreased his gap from the first position at the end of SS11 as he set the fastest time in that stage.

Takamoto Katsuta stole the third place from Dani Sordo as the first one was faster than the last one in these three stages.

Sordo dropped to fourth position after the end of the last stage of this morning loop and their gap is at 3,5 seconds.

Thierry Neuville climbed to fifth position overall and said at the end of Stage 11 that the rear of his i20N was moving a lot.

Pierre-Louis Loubet is in sixth position overall and had a spin in Stage 10 and 11.

Craig Breen is seventh and struggled with the front of his Puma in Stage 10 while he got caught in Fourmaux's dust in Stage 12 resulting in dropping more than 30 seconds as he had to slow down due to the poor visibility of the dust.

Gus Greensmith, Ott Tanak and Adrien Fourmaux complete the top ten.

Greensmith's front right tyre was off the rim in Stage 10 and lost more than a minute there resulting in dropping to eighth from fifth position overall.

Fourmaux had an overshoot in Stage 11 and had to reverse to get going again while he stopped to change a rear left puncture in Stage 12 and for this reason he lost more than two minutes there.

Sebastien Ogier restarted today under the regulations of Rally2, but he went off the road in Stage 11 and stuck down a ditch. However, he completed the stage and dropped more than 30 minutes, therefore is now outside the top ten. Moreover, it must be mentioned that he started late in Stage 12 and stopped many times in that stage with the intention of letting his rivals to pass him. Finally, at the start line of SS12, there was a small fire in the rear right of his Yaris.

Sebastien Loeb restarted today under the regulations of Rally2 and it was uncertain if he would continue at Rally de Portugal as M-Sport Ford wanted to give priority to the less undamaged cars to get them fixed after forst one's crash in SS5. However, he was forced to retire at the end of Stage 11 as he faced a technical issue with his Puma. More specifically, he was driving slowly and pulled over into a layby in SS11 to check his car, but afterwards he got to the finish line reporting that he had no power. 

Watch below the stage times:

Watch the overall classification after SS12:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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