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Finnish Mikko Heikkila surprises

The Finnish Mikko Heikkila (Skoda Fabia Evo) ended a turbulent Saturday in command of the Serras de Fafe, Felgueiras, Boticas, Vieira do Minho and Cabeceiras de Basto Rally, accumulating a time difference of 4.2 seconds to the Norwegian Mads Ostberg (Citroen C3).

Craig Breen (Hyundai i20 N Rally2) rose rapidly to the leadership and kept on accumulating advantage until he got stopped by a flat tire (lost over 2 minutes) during the second half of the stage (PEC 7).

It was precisely on the same timed track where the Irish faced this unexpected incident that Armindo Araújo (Skoda Fabia), the national champion title holder and so far the best Portuguese classified, suffered a violent crash, with his team pointing out a flat tire as the cause of the accident that left the car half destroyed. Fortunately, both the pilot and the navigator did not endure serious injury.

With Breen’s flat tire, the Finnish rally champion jumped into first place, but there is still a lot to be decided this Sunday on the first phase of the FIA-ERC (European Championship), considering the short distance, in terms of second, between these first three, when there are still 8 special stages and a total of 84,28 km on the stopwatch.

Miguel Correia has stepped into the first position among the competitors of the Portuguese Rally Championship (CPR), but with Craig Breen at 23.2 seconds and Ricardo Teodósio, in the second Hyundai i20N Rally2 of Team Hyundai Portugal, at 46.9 seconds.

Classification (temporary):

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