Jari-Matti Latvala made history by adding the first
victory of Toyota Yaris WRC in the World Rally. The Finnish driver,
not tasted the sweetness of victory since the Rally Mexico in 2016, has
managed to prevail in the Rally of Sweden and is placed as a leader of the WRC after
a brilliant performance in the that with a solid speech has been known to take advantage of
the great error of Thierry Neuville. This result assumes the first victory of
Toyota in the WRC from the Rally of China 1999 and represents a major blow to the
table after the doubts that had generated the project of Tommi Mäkinen.
Many were the doubts and criticisms that you received Tommi Mäkinen
by taking the decision to create a Toyota Yaris WRC new, from scratch. Without
however, time has given the reason, and the doubts have turned into successes.
Few could imagine that the Toyota Yaris WRC was going to make his debut in the WRC with a
podium in the Rally of Monte carlo and a win in the Rally of Sweden, both of the
hand of an inspired Jari-Matti Latvala who is also the leader of the World. Whims
that has the motorsport and that certainly endorse the effort of all the
members of the team.
With Thierry Neuville out of the game, Jari-Matti Latvala, Ott
Tanak and Sebastien Ogier played the Rally of Sweden in three rounds. The fruit of
this battle, the three riders were the only ones that stood out to the last loop of the
test with five tires of nails, six of which wore the rest of
the priority drivers. A decision that however gave no results
current champion of the WRC, because the first change was left out of the
fight. However, Sébastien Ogier was spun in the first turn of the
SS16, yielding about 16 seconds in this error.
The margin of error of Ogier at the wheel of the Fiesta RS WRC
’17, what is certain is that Jari-Matti Latvala was left patent that the Rally of Sweden
not going to escape. The Toyota driver is scored the scratch in the first
passed by ‘Likenäs’, endorsed 7.1 seconds with Ott Tanak and consolidated its
leadership. Neither failed Latvala on SS17, where, in addition to get the
fastest time shot to his advantage to 20 seconds on the Estonian.
Both were the only ones rolling at a high pace, while the rest of the pilots
devoted to save tyres for the Power Stage.
A Power Stage that against all odds is also noted
Jari-Matti Latvala, closing the triplet of scratch on the day of the Sunday and
that have made the finn to achieve victory in the Rally of
Sweden, add 30 points -five in the Power Stage – and to climb to the position of
leader of the WRC. Sébastien Ogier finished second in the Power Stage,
minimizing damage to Latvala and Ott Tanak, who sealed his second
position in the rally without being among the five best in the last stretch of the
test. Thierry Neuville, Kris Meeke and Hayden Paddon will be scoring the rest of
extra points, licking their wounds.
Far from the positions of podium Latvala, Tanak and Ogier,
Dani Sordo has scored the fourth position in the Rally of Sweden, returning to be
the best driver of Hyundai and saving the furniture from the team before the problems of their peers. The spaniard has returned to make the regularity of their
big asset to finish ahead of Craig Breen and Elfyn Evans. Despite
their mechanical problems, the various low have allowed Hayden Paddon finished
seventh, while Stéphane Lefebvre with the Citroën DS3 WRC of 2016 and
scandinavian Pontus Tidemand, and Teemu Suninen have been completed the top ten.
Pontus Tidemand has scored the win in the WRC2 at the controls
the Skoda Fabia R5 official of the Czech brand. The swede has made good its huge
knowledge of the stages of its rally house to overcome 51.8 seconds to
Teemu Suninen. The finn, in his first rally with the Ford Fiesta R5 of
M-Sport, has left symptoms very positive, showing that Malcolm Wilson is not
has only been successful with the signings of Ogier and Tanak. The podium of the second
category fifa world cup has completed the Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby with another
the Fabia R5.
final Classification on the 65th Rally of Sweden
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||2:36:03.6|
|2nd||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+29.2|
|3rd||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+59.5|
|4th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+2:11.5|
|5th||Craig Breen||Citroen C3 WRC||+2:51.2|
|6th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+5:26.6|
|7th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+5:31.2|
|8th||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroën DS3 WRC||+7:14.7|
|9th||Pontus Tidemand||Skoda Fabia R5||+9:11.1|
|10th||Teemu Suninen||Ford Fiesta R5||+10:02.9|