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GP Week : Issue 40
>>WRCPORTUGAL Petter Solberg – fourth, in an eight year-old car ... Loeb – led from the front on the final day Rally Portugal was a bad event for the Super 2000s in the PCWRC category – Bernardo Sousa and Jaromir Tarabus both rolled their Fiats at the pre-event Shakedown and could not start the rally proper. Championship favourite Patrik Sandell rolled and retired, while Guest entry Bruno Magalhaes was leading the category before his water pump failed and the engine was damaged. Al Attiyah took over the lead before he stopped with a broken steering arm which let local driver Armindo Araujo go ahead. Patrik Flodin was catching him fast. Flodin went into the lead but then he too went off the road and retired, leaving Araujo unchallenged. Eyvind Brynildsen had transmission troubles but held on to second place, ahead of Martin Prokop who was delayed with a broke brake disc and differential problem. Al Attiyah fought back to finish fourth. Also driving Group N cars were the five Pirelli Star Drivers, four of whom went off the road during the course of the event, leaving the South African Jon Williams as the only driver to have a clear run and finish with an undamaged car: “It was amazing for me. The first time in a turbo rally car, first time in a left-hand drive car, my first rally driving on the ‘wrong’side of the road, my first rally for a long time without a sequential gearshift. It paid off to go carefully!” Nic Thomas’car was too badly damaged and he was forced to retire, but the others qualified as finishers. 43