Eight-time World Rally Championship,Sebastien Loeb, has lost his chance of victory in Portugal after the Citroen driver crashed on the second full-length stage. It is believed that Loeb won't restart tomorrow.

Loeb had ended stage two third behind the Fords of Petter Solberg and Jari-Matti Latvala, as Citroen's plan of running first on the road appeared to backfire.

Other early incidents included Dani Sordo losing the use of all but one headlight on his Mini on SS2 and then pulling out before SS3, and local hero Armindo Araujo dropping five minutes behind when he went off very early on the evening's first stage.

Australian Brendan Reeves is second in the WRC Academy after two stages, after having won the first stage in his Ford Fiesta R2.


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