Rally Sweden- Day One, Shakedown and Stage One Report.

It was an early start for the teams with shakedown at 8am! Beautiful conditions awaited them all. A real winter wonderland!

Kris and Paul during Rally Sweden shakedown this morning. Photo credit Citroen Racing

Shakedown was saw a welcome return for Mads Ostberg in a Citroen C3, and for a while, he was fastest of all, finally finishing just behind Thierry who emerged fastest by just 3 tenths of a second on the 6.8km stage held on the roads around Skalla. Elfyn Evans suffered some problems with the electrics, but once those had been solved, set a very good time.

Shakedown Standings

Neuville / Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC) 4:17.3

Ostberg / Eriksen (Citroën C3 WRC) 4:17.6

Ogier / Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) 4:18.1

Meeke / Nagle (Citroën C3 WRC) 4:18.3

Tänak / Jarveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) 4:18.7

Mikkelsen / Jaeger (Hyundai i20 WRC) 4:18.8

Latvala / Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) 4:19.0

Breen / Martin (Citroën C3 WRC) 4:19.1

Suninen / Markkula (Ford Fiesta WRC) 4:19.2

Evans / Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) 4:19.3

 

As usual, it was a really close-run thing.

Moving onto the first stage, we saw the cars go head-to-head around the 1.9km Karlstad stage. Emerging fastest, was young Estonian, Ott Tanak with Jari-Matti just three tenths off in second and Mads showing he’s right on the pace a further three tenths behind.

 

End of day one (Thursday):

1 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Toyota Yaris WRC) 1m32.7s

2 Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) +0.3s

3 Mads Ostberg/Torstein Eriksen (Citroen C3 WRC) +0.6s

4 Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle (Citroen C3 WRC) +0.9s

5 Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +0.9s

6 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1.0s

7 Hayden Paddon/Sebastian Marshall (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +2.1s

8 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2.2s

9 Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2.5s

10 Craig Breen/Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC) +2.9

2018 FIA World Rally Championship / Round 02, Rally Sweden 2018 / February 15-18, 2018 // Worldwide Copyright: Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC

Tomorrow’s sees seven stages held, of which two are run fully in Norway and one which crosses the border. Let’s see what the day brings us!

Friday’s stages

6.00am: Start day 2 and Service A (Torsby – 15 mins)

7.55am: SS 2 – Hof-Finnskog 1 (21,26 km)

9.07am: SS 3 – Svullrya 1 (24,88 km)

9.54am: SS 4 – Röjden 1 (19,13 km)

11.31am: Service B (Torsby – 30 mins)

1.41pm: SS 5 – Hof-Finnskog 2 (21,26 km)

3.03pm: SS 6 – Svullrya 2 (24,88 km)

3.50pm: SS 7 – Röjden 2 (19,13 km)

4.56pm: SS 8 – Torsby 1 (9,56 km)

5.31pm: Flexi Service C (Torsby – 45 mins)

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