VIDEO | WRC – Ogier puts the pressure on Latvala

WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Rally of Portugal Day 3

Written and Images byMichael Vettas | Images by – André Lavadinho – @tWorld

Heat 2 began with a frosty start high in the mountains East of Porto, the longest day of the event.

Tyres continue to be a talking point with all three drivers for Volkswagen Motorsport opting for the same tyre choice, hard front for better steering, soft rear for acceleration and grip.

Today would be the start of a huge push for Ogier to gain lost ground and he did. After only the first stage of the day, Ogier gained two spots as Thierry Nueville had a tough start in fifth position, overshooting a corner and rolling his Hyundai i20.

At the half way point of the day, Ogier gained four positions to be in fourth position overall with Latvala still out in front leading the rally. Kris Meeke in second and Andreas Mikkelsen in third keep a close eye on the leader as they continue to tussle for second and third positions.

  • Latvala 1:19:13
  • Mikkelsen + 9.9
  • Meeke + 11.4
  • Ogier + 20.4

The afternoon group of stages saw Meeke push a little too hard, exiting the stage and losing valuable seconds however still managed to reduce the overall gap to Latvala.

The big mover of the day was Ogier winning stage 11 and taking another 2.8sec out of Latvala’s lead to move him into second position, just 9.5sec behind Latvala.

Images by Andre Lavadinho and Michael Vettas

Back in the service park Latvala commented about Ogier’s pace, “he’s coming strong and when he is close, he fires up, this is like the fire for him”

Regardless of road position on day one, Ogier continues to fight his way back and put pressure on the top positions, Latvala continued “I’ll keep pushing flat out all the time, it is all I can do”

  • Latvala 2:56:19
  • Ogier + 9.5
  • Meeke + 20
  • Mikkelsen + 21.2

With just one day remaining, all eyes will be on Latvala as Ogier continues to hunt down the top position.

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