A tube of the braking system of the Toyota Yaris cut preached today a great scare to the leader of the Rally of Portugal, the Estonian Ott Tanak, who was stopped in the connection between the sections of Vieira do Minho and Cabeceiras de Basto.
The Estonian defended an advantage of 17.3 seconds for Finnish and teammate Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Yaris), but yielded six seconds in the opening match of the second day of the race, in Vieira do Minho (SS8), due to brake problems.
Tanak even stopped for a few minutes on the 11-kilometer link to the start of SS9 in Cabeceiras de Basto, receiving Latvala's help, which stopped to assist his chief.
The Japanese team confirmed to the Lusa agency that it was a left front brake tube that was cut, causing pressure loss in the braking system.
Resolved the breakdown, the Toyota duo maintained the dominance that demonstrated on Friday. Latvala was the fastest, recovering another four tenths of a second to the rally leader. The Finn is now 11.3 seconds behind Tanak.
The Irishman Kris Meeke, in the third Toyota Yaris, was also the third, at 2.4 seconds, keeping the same order of the general classification.
In fourth place is Frenchman Sébastien Ogier (Citroën C3), who recovered 1.8 seconds to Belgian Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20) this morning before the SS10 in Amarante, the longest in the rally, at 37.6 kilometers.
Neuville is fifth, two tenths of a second behind Ogier.
In a tactical move, Hyundai delayed the Spaniard Dani Sordo, who should have been the first to start, putting him immediately ahead of the Belgian on track, in order to clear the ideal trajectories. Sordo was delayed 19 minutes to enter the section, penalizing 3.10 minutes in that operation.
For today there are two passes through the sections of Vieira do Minho (20.53 km), Cabeceiras de Basto (22.22 km) and Amarante (37.60 km).