Jari-Matti Latvala starts the Rally of Sweden as a leader

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Toyota Gazoo Racing finished the Monte carlo Rally, with a
unexpected podium, but with the thorn of view as the Toyota Yaris WRC was the
unique World Rally Car of new generation that I did not get a scratch. A bad
less than in addition to cease to be valid since Jari-Matti Latvala has managed to
the scratch on the SS1 of the Rally of Sweden
, and therefore sleep as the first leader
of the test. The Finnish driver has been the fastest in the traditional
special held on the racecourse in Karlstad. Thierry Neuville and Dani
Deaf with the i20 have finished your wake
.

Configured as a leg show in which you compete
for couples, in the style of Race of Champions, the super special
Karlstad offers a lot more fun than real differences. After the appearance of
the R5, the World Rally Car took the limelight and among them was the
Toyota Yaris WRC of Jari-Matti Latvala
. The Finnish, with a time of 1:34.1, fought in direct duel to Ogier and marked the best record of the SS1 after overcome by 0.6
seconds, Thierry Neuville. For his part, Dani Sordo finished third, 0.7
of Latvala
, while Ott Tanak was one-tenth of the Spanish.

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With room for no mistakes by the characteristics
‘circuit’, Sébastien Ogier has been placed in the fifth position with 0.9
seconds lost
in the duel with his former teammate at Volkswagen, while Mads
Ostberg after his best time in the shakedown was placed sixth. Kris Meeke
signed the seventh-best record with the Citroen C3 WRC, while Elfyn Evans and Juho Hänninen
calcaban your time
to be eighth and ninth. Ole Christian Veiby with the Skoda
Fabia R5 managed to overcome the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe of Hayden Paddon to
so close to the top ten and positioning himself as the best pilot among the RC2.

In this aspect, Ole Christian Veiby is left with the first
leadership in WRC2
after marking a time of 1:36.5 and overcome by a second
Pontus Tidemand. The also Norwegian Eyvind Brynildsen has marked the third
best time, being the best pilot at the controls of a Ford Fiesta R5. In
opposed, the Finnish Teemu Suninen made a
small error
in his debut with the Fiesta R5 and it was left to 10.6 seconds
the-leader. All in all, it has not been the only pilot that has suffered a bit of a scare during the SS1,
although the failures of Hayden Paddon or Craig Breen were lower.

Classification after SS1 of the 65th Rally of Sweden

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC 1:34.1
2nd Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +0.6
3rd Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +0.7
4th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +0.8
5th Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +0.9
6th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +1.2
7th Kris Meeke Citroën DS3 WRC +2.0
8th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +2.1
9th Juho Hänninen Toyota Yaris WRC +2.1
10th Ole Christian Veiby Skoda Fabia R5 +2.4

The Rally of Sweden will continue with the dispute of his second stage on the day of Friday. The riders will face a total of seven special divided in two loops, disputing a total of 145,65 kilometres against the clock.