Sousa leads at the End of a Challenging Day

Sousa Leads at the End of a Challenging Day

The opening day of Rally Portugal was full of rocks, rolls and real drama as Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy crews set out to prove themselves on the rugged roads.

Early in the day, two crews were claimed by the unrelenting roads as Oscar Solberg and Jakub Brzeziński were both involved in accidents which caused their retirement. Both crews hope to start again in the morning.

Young British hopeful Gus Greensmith led the pack for the whole day, showing great pace and extending his lead to over 10sec only to be dealt a double puncture on the second pass of Viana do Castelo, dropping nearly five minutes in the process.

This opened the door for local driver Bernardo Sousa to take the lead, sharing the remaining scratch points from the Porto Street Stages with Greensmith. Sousa rounds the day out 41.7sec ahead of Osian Pryce of Wales.

Trophy veteran Max Vatanen finished the day in third position overall, just over one minute off the pace. 

The drama is set to continue tomorrow as crews head east to Amarante for over 160kms of gnarly rally action.

Bernardo Sousa said “I’ve found the stages quite good actually, some parts I thought were going to be much worse so it meant I could push more than I planned. On balance the day has been positive, it’s been a while since I drove a two-wheel-drive car so thats been taking some getting used to. On the whole its been a good day and I’m pleased with my driving.”

Osian Pryce said: “The stages have been quite challenging, on us and the car. We’ve been preserving the car today, getting round and making sure we got further than last year and we’ve managed to do that. I’m happy with where we are in the table so far considering we’re taking no risks. We’ll take tomorrow as is comes.”

Max Vatanen said: “It has been quite challenging today, we’ve had some technical issues and I’m happy we didn’t retire on the stage. I hope we can get things fixed ahead of tomorrow and we can get on an set some good times”


Sousa leads at the End of a Challenging Day
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