The Finnish driver began on the second row of the grid, having led his semi-final for a lot of the length, however was finally overtaken on the finish of the semi race by Johan Kristoffersson.
Within the remaining, high qualifier and pole starter Timmy Hansen took the lead into flip one, as Kristoffersson tucked in behind his compatriot’s Peugeot 208 along with his Audi S1, Kristoffersson having made a barely higher launch however was unable to take the lead into the opening nook.
Gronholm led Kristoffersson’s EKS JC group mate Enzo Ide and his personal group mate Krisztian Szabo into the extra-round joker on the opening tour, and whereas the main trio battled laborious up entrance, closed the hole on observe.
Hansen sustained substantial stress for the opening excursions from Kristoffersson, whereas Kevin Hansen shadowed the main duo in third.
Mid-race, Kevin Hansen – sideways by way of the lengthy turn-seven gravel nook on the Montalegre circuit – made a transfer for place on Kristoffersson, the Audi driver working broad into the looser gravel.
Kristoffersson then bounced over the kerbs by way of the next uphill loose-surface chicane and hit a penalty marker. Though he would preserve observe place and finally completed third within the race, he can be demoted to sixth by a five-second track-marker penalty.
The battling on the entrance of the order performed into Gronholm’s fingers, regardless of leaders Timmy Hansen and Kristoffersson smashing in among the quickest laps of the occasion following the mid-race contact
The leaders took their jokers on the ultimate tour and all dropped behind Gronholm, who held on to safe his fifth profession win. Timmy Hansen completed second with brother Kevin third, Szabo fourth and Ide fifth.
The consequence means Hansen extends his factors margin on the high of the standings, heading into the double-header finale on the Nurburgring on the finish of November, though 5 drivers nonetheless stay mathematically in rivalry.
Additionally on the invoice in Portugal was the ultimate spherical of the European Rallycross Championship for RX3 (Super1600), by which Yuri Belevskiy held onto his pre-event factors benefit to assert the title on the finish of qualifying, then gained the ultimate to cap his season in fashion.