Porém and co-driver Hugo Magalhães, driving a Ford Ranger run by the German car preparations company, won the Prologue and both runs through the 141.07km special stage to finish the two-day event 5min 46sec in front of Helder Oliviera. The result also gave the Portuguese crew the outright lead in the prestigious and well-supported off-road championship.
“There were tough and difficult conditions on the race and the rate of attrition was high,”
“But this was a superb result for us. All the development work we carried out between the two races has paid off. We’ve made some big steps with Reiger as well and we are comfortable where we are with the car.”
Porém made the perfect start on the Prologue and the fastest time of 6min 24.95sec gave the Portuguese prime position to attack on the first of the two longer stages. Alejandro Martins was 21.59sec slower than the Ford Ranger driver and Helder Oliveira was third. Issues for series leader Ramos meant he incurred a 30-minute penalty that severely dented his hopes of winning a second successive round of the series.
Porém extended his advantage to 4min 01.95sec by winning the first of the two special stages by 3min 30sec from Oliveira. Nuno Madeira was third. The Ford Ranger driver made no mistake on the second run through the special either and a time of 1hr 45min 22sec was sufficient to set yet another fastest time and earn the win by the winning margin of 5min 46sec.
The event was based at Reguengos de Monsaraz, a municipality in the Évora district of the Alentejo region of southern Portugal.
Round three of the competitive national series is the Baja do Pinhal, which takes place on June 16-17.