Difficult event for the WRC aces in Portugal. On day 1, in SS2, Dani Sordo (Mini Countryman) looses his lights after 500 meters and has to retire due to electrical issues. One stage later, Loeb (Citroën DS3) misunderstands a pacenote and goes off. Ford boys won’t luckier on the 2nd day. In SS5, Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford Fiesta) hits a rock, brakes his suspension and goes off for the 3rd time of the year. One stage later, his teamate Petter Solberg (Ford Fiesta) finishes his race in a ditch.