The final three Friday stages in the Rally of Portugal have been called off as a result of the poor weather in the region.
Torrential rain had hit the area in the morning, leading to a dramatic first loop in which Ford teammates Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg both crashed while leading, and many other front-runners either went off the road or suffered technical problems related to the level of water. Adding to the complications, cars became stuck in water on road sections between stages, trapping some of the field on the way to a refueling point.
The second Friday loop was delayed at first, with cars held at service in Faro, as the organizers were determined to try and at least run some of the stages. But it was subsequently announced that SS8-SS10 will not be run at all "for safety reasons."
Citroen driver Mikko Hirvonen takes a 36-second lead into Saturday, with private Ford men Evgeny Novikov and Mads Ostberg next up after Latvala, Solberg and Sebastien Loeb's accidents.
The refueling point which was situated after the swollen river crossing. Unable to reach it, some of the cars would have run out of gas before arriving back on the Algarve. In order to avoid this, a four-wheel drive vehicle was sent into the area with fuel tanks and a hand pump to dispense fuel and temporarily keep the event running.