Citroen's Sebastien Loeb has won the Rally de Portugal, the fifth round in the 2007 FIA World Rally Championship.
Loeb took the lead late on Friday, snatching the position in the final test, to end the day 3.1 seconds up on Marcus Gronholm. He then put the hammer down on Saturday and pulled further and further away, thanks to six stages wins from six, to end the second leg with a 40.5 second advantage.
As such he just took it easy on the final day on Sunday and eventually took the victory by more than 30 seconds. It was his third win of the season, after also triumphing in Mexico and Monte Carlo.
Marcus Gronholm had to settle for the runners-up spot in his BP Ford, after losing time on day two due to poor tyre choices, which meant he was unable to keep up with Seb. The turning point came on SS12 and SS13, when he lost more than 20 seconds in total. After that there was no way back.
Mikko Hirvonen took the final place on the podium in the sister Focus, 2 minutes or so adrift. Although the Finn thought he might come under pressure from Petter Solberg on day three, as it turned out he took third with ease, eventually finishing around 60 seconds up on the Norwegian.
Citroen number two driver, Dani Sordo meanwhile took fifth, followed by Stobart Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala, OMV Kronos Citroen's Daniel Carlsson and Gigi Galli, who took the ‘privateer win' in eighth.
Henning Solberg and Manfred Stohl completed the top ten, the former once again taking the final manufacturers' point for the Stobart Ford squad.