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Reigning world champion BP-Ford maintained its lead in the FIA World Rally Championship manufacturers' standings despite a time penalty following tonight's finish of the Rally de Portugal. 

Marcus Grönholm and Timo Rautiainen and team-mates Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen each received a five-minute penalty after this fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship.  It dropped Grönholm and Hirvonen from second and third respectively to fourth and fifth.

Event scrutineers drew the team's attention to the fact that the rear side windows on the Ford Focus RS World Rally Cars of both crews did not comply with the homologation form of the car in terms of thickness.  The matter was referred to the FIA stewards of the meeting.

Team representatives attended a meeting of the stewards at which they accepted that a breach of regulations had taken place.  The penalty was accepted by the team and no appeal was made.

"We were disappointed to learn from the scrutineers that the team made an error," explained BP-Ford team director Malcolm Wilson.  "We will launch a detailed investigation into how this could have happened at M-Sport."

Despite the time penalty, BP-Ford retains the lead of the manufacturers' championship and is now eight points ahead.  Grönholm is now second in the drivers' standings, one point behind Sébastien Loeb.  Hirvonen remains third.

Pos Driver Make Time
1. Loeb Citroen 3h53:33.1
2. P.Solberg Subaru + 3:13.9
3. Sordo Citroen + 5:05.3
4. Gronholm Ford + 5:37.1 *
5. Hirvonen Ford + 7:08.1 *
6. Carlsson Citroen + 8:13.2
7. Galli Citroen + 9:39.6
8. Latvala Ford + 10:44.9 *
9. Stohl Citroen + 12:46.0
10. Mikkelsen Ford + 13:51.6
 

Drivers
1. S Loeb 38pts
2. M Grönholm 37pts
3. M Hirvonen 30pts
4. D Sordo 19pts
5. P Solberg 16pts
6. H Solberg 11pts

Manufacturers
1. BP-Ford 67pts
2. Citroen Total 59pts
3. Subaru 27pts
4. Stobart VK M-Sport Ford 21pts
5. OMV Kronos Citroen 21pts

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