World Rally Championship: Elfyn Evans wins in Portugal

Elfyn Evans stayed in control during the final day in Portugal
Elfyn Evans stayed in control during the final day in Portugal

Wales' Elfyn Evans claimed the Rally de Portugal - but failed to take the lead in the World Rally Championship.

The Toyota driver won three of the final five stages to finish 28.3 seconds ahead of Spain's Dani Sordo.

Evans finished fifth on the final power stage, picking up one bonus point.

But WRC leader Sebastien Ogier claimed three points after coming third on the final stage behind Thierry Neuville and Ott Tanak, two drivers who retired earlier in the race and rejoined.

"It feels good. We perhaps weren't the fastest crew this weekend, but we had really good pace and kept out of trouble and obviously did enough to keep Dani at bay today," said Evans, after the Welshman had claimed his fourth career victory.

"It comes at a good time, so I'm happy to take this one."

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In the overall standings, the 25 points for winning this weekend's rally means Evans and co-driver Scott Martin now have 77 points, while Toyota team-mate Ogier, who finished third in Portugal, has 79 after four events.

Takamoto Katsuta was fourth, while Englishman Gus Greensmith finished fifth after mechanical issues checked his progress over the weekend.

Former Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Porto football manager Andre Villas-Boas was making his WRC debut, competing in the third tier of the championship.

Villas-Boas' passion for the sport prompted him to enter the event in his home country, finishing down the field in a respectable 33rd place out of the 44 who finished.

Evans finished second at the Croatia Rally in April despite leading going into the final stage, with Ogier just beating his team-mate by just 0.6 seconds.

Ingram secured podium

Former European Rally Champion Chris Ingram finished third in WRC3 to claim his maiden podium on the world stage for Skoda.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz won the class for privately entered R5 cars, the machinery below the WRC, ahead of France's Yohan Rossel and England's Ingram.

Northern Ireland's Josh McErlean finished an impressive fifth on only his second WRC3 start, and his first as a Hyundai Junior driver, despite suffering two punctures on Friday.

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In Junior WRC long-time leader Jon Armstrong was forced to retire after a terminal engine problem in his Ford Fiesta.

The Northern Irishman dropped from first to fourth on Friday after sustaining a puncture, however he won his sixth stage of the event to move back up to third but he was forced to retire with the engine problem late on Saturday.

Motorsport Ireland driver William Creighton finished fifth in class after suffering from a brake issue despite some impressive early pace.

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