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Rallying: Ogier extends title lead with Rally of Portugal win

France's world champion Sebastien Ogier coasted home to win the Rally of Portugal on Sunday for the fourth time. The Volkswagen Polo driver's third win out of four this season cemented his position at the top of the world rally championship standings. Ogier, who had a 43 second cushion over his nearest pursuer, Finland's Miko Hirvonen, led virtually since the first stage on Thursday to notch up his team's eighth consecutive win. That drew the German carmaker level with Citroen's record constructors' run in the WRC.

Rallying: Ogier extends title lead with Rally of Portugal win

France's world champion Sebastien Ogier coasted home to win the Rally of Portugal on Sunday for the fourth time. The Volkswagen Polo driver's third win out of four this season cemented his position at the top of the world rally championship standings. Ogier, who had a 43 second cushion over his nearest pursuer, Finland's Miko Hirvonen, led virtually since the first stage on Thursday to notch up his team's eighth consecutive win. That drew the German carmaker level with Citroen's record constructors' run in the WRC.

Formula One. Ecclestone hints at two more teams for 2015 - report

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has strongly suggested that two new teams are in line to join the Formula One circuit in 2015, it was reported Sunday. The 83-year-old revealed that an American team organised by Gene Haas, a partner in the flourishing Stewart-Haas NASCAR Racing team is well positioned to race in F1 but a deal is not yet concluded.

Rallying: Rally of Portugal standings

Final standings of the Rally of Portugal, the fourth leg of the world rally championship, on Sunday. 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/Volkswagen Polo-R) 3hr 33min 20.4sec, 2. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Ford Fiesta RS) at 43.2secs, 3. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Citroen DS3) 1:12.4, 4. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/Volkswagen Polo-R) 4:50.5, 5. Henning Solberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 5:10.2, 6. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 8:27.2, 7. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Hyundai i20) 8:32.3, 8. Juho Hänninen (FIN/Hyundai i20) 8:51.6 Special stage winners

Formula One: New F1 rules 'unacceptable', change needed - Ecclestone

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone claimed on Sunday that this season's controversial new Formula One rules were "unacceptable" to fans and changes were needed. "I don't think the way things are at the moment are acceptable to the public," Ecclestone told www.autosport.com ahead of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. "People buying tickets to come here expect to see what Formula 1 used to be," he said.

Ecclestone says F1 has agreed to two new teams

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Formula One has agreed to accept two new teams, including a U.S. entry proposed by NASCAR team owner Gene Haas, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday. "They will be accepted," the Briton told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix when asked about Haas's application. "We've also accepted another team as well. Whether they'll make it or not is another story. We are happy to have another couple of teams.

Rallying: Ogier powers into Portugal lead

World champion Sebastien Ogier picked up five of Saturday's six special stages to power past Mikko Hirvonen and into the Rally of Portugal lead. The Frenchman had been lying a close third overnight but after the third day's action in the Algarve he and his Volkswagen Polo topped the times by 38sec from Hirvonen. The Finn's Ford Fiesta is more than 50sec clear of third-placed Mads Ostberg in a Citroen DS3, with Dani Sordo, who claimed Saturday's tenth special, in fourth. syd/nr/lp

Rallying: Rally of Portugal standings

Rally of Portugal standings after Saturday's six special stages: 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/Volkswagen Polo-R) 3hr 03min 39.8sec, 2. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Ford Fiesta RS) at 38.1sec, 3. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Citroen DS3) 1:26.7, 4. Dani Sordo (ESP/Hyundai i20) 1:46.7, 5. Henning Solberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 4:29.9, 6. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/Volkswagen Polo-R) 4:44.8, 7. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Hyundai i20) 7:21.4, 8. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 7:21.5, 9. Juho Hanninen (FIN/Hyundai i20) 7:30.6, 10. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT/Ford Fiesta S2000) 9:24.7

Rosberg grabs pole position in Bahrein; Alonso to start 9th

International Sports Desk, Apr 5 (EFE).- Germany's Nico Rosberg is poised to increase his lead in the Formula One drivers' standings after grabbing pole position for Sunday's Bahrein Grand Prix, the third race of the season. Rosberg recorded a fastest lap of 1:33.185 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir in the final round of Saturday's qualifying. He beat out second-place qualifier and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had claimed pole position at the first two races of the 2014 F1 season: the Australian Grand Prix and the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg grabs pole position in Bahrein; Alonso to start 9th

International Sports Desk, Apr 5 (EFE).- Germany's Nico Rosberg is poised to increase his lead in the Formula One drivers' standings after grabbing pole position for Sunday's Bahrein Grand Prix, the third race of the season. Rosberg recorded a fastest lap of 1:33.185 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir in the final round of Saturday's qualifying. He beat out second-place qualifier and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had claimed pole position at the first two races of the 2014 F1 season: the Australian Grand Prix and the Malaysian Grand Prix.
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