Updated: Sunday, 06 April 2014 02:26 | By Agence France-Presse

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.

Ogier powers into Portugal lead

Frech driver Sebastien Ogier and co-pilot Julien Ingrassia race their Volkswagen Polo R WRC during the fifth section of the Portugal Rally in Santa Clara near Gomes Aires, on April 5, 2014 - by Francisco Leong

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.

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