Updated: Saturday, 05 April 2014 01:24 | By Agence France-Presse

Hirvonen leads in Portugal

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen, driving a Ford Fiesta, snatched the lead on the Rally of Portugal's opening day while world champion Sebastien Ogier was relegated to third place.

Hirvonen leads in Portugal

Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen and co-pilot Jarmo Lehtinen race their Ford Fiesta RS WRC during the third section of the Rally of Portugal, near Ourique on April 4, 2014 - by Francisco Leong

Hirvonen ended the day with a 3.7sec lead over fellow Fiesta driver Ott Tanak of Estonia with Ogier, in a Volkswagen, standing at 6.5sec off the lead.

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