2 Apr 2012

Hirvonen's Portugal win and WRC lead stripped

12:37 pm on 2 April 2012

Finland's Mikko Hirvonen has been stripped of his victory in the Rally of Portugal after stewards declared that the clutch on his Citroen broke technical regulations.

Second-place getter Mads Ostberg of Norway's been installed as the winner.

The win initially saw Hirvonen go top of the world championship standings over his world champion team-mate Sebastian Loeb, who went out of the race on the first day in Portugal.