WRC Team MINI Portugal press release
Araújo edges towards Top 10 goal
Armindo Araújo and co-driver Miguel Ramalho powered through the field today at Rally de Portugal, making up some of the time they lost due to yesterday's misfortunes. The WRC Team MINI Portugal duo started the day with their heads clear and still focused on taking a Top 10 finish. They made fantastic progress climbing the leaderboard from 32rd to 11th overall, even clocking a third fastest time overall on SS6.
It was a drama filled morning today at Rally de Portugal. The already treacherous stages were made even more challenging by the heavy rains which made it pure endurance for both drivers and cars. Focused on finding a good rhythm from the very beginning, Araújo never lost concentration and successfully navigated his MINI John Cooper Works WRC through the morning loop and safely came back to the Motorsport Italia service after a trouble free morning.
Due to continuing adverse weather conditions, the organisers of Rally de Portugal decided to cancel Section 4 of the event for safety reasons. Going into the third competitive day of the event, Araújo lies in 11th place overall, only 6.6 seconds behind 10th placed Jari Ketomaa.
Armindo Araújo: "This morning the conditions were quite challenging with fog, mud and rain on the stages. It was really slippery and very easy to make a mistake. We left this morning with the objective of making up some of the time we lost last night and everything went according to the plan. We found a good and consistent rhythm, we set some good times and we're now up to 11th place so very close to the Top 10, which is still our aim for Rally de Portugal. The rally is still very long and with these conditions anything can happen but I'm pretty confident at the moment. I'm very satisfied with my MINI and tomorrow we'll try to keep up the good work we did this morning. I'm very happy because I made my fans proud this morning, their support is essential to me and it's a huge boost of confidence."