Five-time world champion Ogier in dramatic Portugal exit

Matosinhos (Portugal) (AFP) –


Five-time world champion Sebastien Ogier suffered a nightmare crash on the Rally of Portugal on Friday when his car veered off the road and into trees.

Ogier's Ford Focus came to grief on the fifth stage when the 34-year-old misjudged a left turn, ran wide and became embedded in the trees a few metres below the track.

Despite being shaken, Ogier and his co-driver Julien Ingrassia "are doing well but will not take any further part today", announced their M-Sport team.

Ogier, who won the Portugal race in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017, has not yet pulled out of the race but his crash on Friday has decimated his chances of a sixth triumph in the country.

He was in fourth place overall when the accident happened.

Earlier Friday, the Toyotas of Ott Tanak and Jari-Matti Latvala were also forced to retire.

Britain's Chris Meeke, in a Citroen, was leading the race midway through the first full day Friday.