Robert Kubica on top at end of Leg 1 - Sata Rallye Acores | Rally Cut-Short due to Overnight Heavy Rains

Andre Lavadinho World Photography
Overnight heavy downpour has claimed a few stages resulting in drastic changes to the rally itinerary. SS1 - Coroa da Mata 1 was eventually cancelled and SS2 - São Brás/Vila Franca 1 - was shortened from 16.38 km to 6.14 km.

Revised stage length of the first  leg is now less than 10 % of the total distance for the day, Thursday's stages will hold good for Friday's route as well. The event's stage stewards confirmed that the legs one and two will be merged. This resulted the start order selected by the priority drivers on the opening day to be held good for day 2.

Jean-Michel Raoux started first today, and will run first on the road tomorrow in his Peugeot 207 following qualifying for the event, where the former F1 driver Robert Kubica went fastest. He had selected last position, behind Craig Breen and Jan Kopecky although he was undecided over the order, initially.
I would prefer to be further back because now I don't know which position is the best to choose,” admitted the F1 star being almost four seconds quicker than the lot through the qualifying stage.

I have no experience and with so much surface changes on the stages it's very difficult to know what is the best. Without being here before you don't know how the roads are developing and whether the grip level is damp or wet or getting worse. Some places will get better, some places will get worse.

It was disppointing for Bryan Bouffier who was forced to withdraw followed by a blown engine during pre-event testing. “I regret to announce that I will not be at the start of the rally,” he said. “The engine broke during testing and a spare was not available.” Bouffier had been amongst the pre-event favourites for success in his Peugeot 207 S2000.

Here is the top 5 results of the event, more at the official page here.
  POS NO  DRIVER
CO-DRIVER
ENTRANT
CAR
CLASS  TOTAL
TIME
[+PEN]     
 DIFF
 1ST
 PREV
 1 4Robert KUBICA (POL)
Maciek BARAN (POL)

CITROEN DS3 RRC

211:13.5-:-
-:-
 2 1Jan KOPECKY (CZE)
Pavel DRESLER (CZE)
SKODA MOTORSPORT
SKODA FABIA S2000

211:23.2+9.7
+9.7
 3 6Ricardo MOURA (PRT)
Sancho EIRÓ (PRT)

SKODA FABIA S2000

211:24.0+10.5
+0.8
 4 2Craig BREEN (IRL)
Paul NAGLE (IRL)
PEUGEOT RALLY Academy 
PEUGEOT 207 S2000

211:25.2+11.7
+1.2
 5         10      Bernardo SOUSA (PRT)
Hugo MAGALHÃES (PRT)    

FORD FIESTA RRC

211:27.1+13.6
+1.9

All-time Top 5 +NEWS