Dungannon driver Kris Meeke was unscathed after a spectacular crash into trees ended his Rally Portugal on Saturday.

Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle had been seventh at the World Rally Championship race heading into today's stages, but their Citroen C3 WRC careered down a bank and left serious damage on the car.

Both men, thankfully, were unhurt.

Waterford's Craig Breen finished yesterday in eighth place overall after a puncture on stage seven saw him drop from third.

Meeke had been sixth in the overall championship standings with Frenchman Sebastien Ogier top.

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville is set to retake the World Rally Championship lead from France's Sebastian Ogier on Sunday after building up a commanding advantage on the penultimate day in Lisbon.

The Belgian, who was last top of the standings in February, goes into the final day 39.8 seconds clear of M-Sport Ford's Elfyn Evans, with only five timed stages totalling 51km left to complete.

Ogier, who started the event with a 10-point lead in the championship, crashed his M-Sport Ford into trees on Friday afternoon.

Other leading drivers, including Estonian Ott Tanak, who won the previous round in Argentina for Toyota, have also been sidelined after hitting rocks on the rough dirt roads near the Spanish border.

Hyundai's Spanish driver Dani Sordo ended Saturday's leg in third place.

Neuville, who has won five stages so far, said: "We've had a very positive day and can be extremely satisfied with our position. That's not to say we can relax because we have some tricky stages on Sunday.

"We will need to remain concentrated because there are still five stages to go, and we've seen just what can happen here."