The third stage of the Rally Sweden has started with a
no contest between Thierry Neuville and Jari-Matti Latvala, every time that the
belgian driver has managed to maintain its margin with the finn by over half a minute. Perhaps for this reason, the great protagonist so far has been Ott
Tanak, the Estonian has signed the three scratch of the loop morning and
has cut his distance to Latvala for below ten seconds.
Sébastien Ogier stays away from the fight for the podium, while Dani
Sordo is sixth after beating a Hayden Paddon dragging problems
The two centimeters of fresh snow fallen during the night
turned to leave in a position committed to the pilots that opened up the track,
although this role did not bear on Sébastien Ogier and yes on the Ukrainian
Valeriy Gorban. Thanks to this, M-Sport signed a doublet in the SS9, the first
stretch of the day. Ott Tanak sealed the first of their three scratch by
in front of Sébastien Ogier. With this result, Ogier managed to climb to fourth
position, but the one that grabbed headlines was the Tanak complete the section with
an average speed of 137,8 km/h, the highest average in the modern era of the WRC.
Also won a seat Dani Sordo result of the problems
in the power steering that was suffering Hayden Paddon, a fault that already had the
own pilot spaniard in the Monte carlo Rally, and that seems to be something recurrent
in the case of the Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe. Be that as it may, the rally came to the
first pass ‘Hagfors’, which was contested with some intrigue as the
organization threatened with cancellation because of the bad position of some
fans. Solved this problem, Ott Tanak repeated scratch ahead in
this case of a Thierry Neuville oblivious to the mechanical problems of your
‘Vargasen’ and his well-known ‘Colin’s Crest’ got the point
and final loop of the morning, and he did it under the same ingredients that the two
special previous. Ott Tanak marked the more rapid registration of the ss11 state road after
overcome by 3.4 seconds to Jari-Matti Latvala, forced to be more outstanding
the pace of Tanak that of his own comeback with regard to Neuville. Fourth in the
special was Mads Ostberg after his jump of 42 metres in the ‘Colin’s Crest’,
record that has not served to achieve the 45 metres of the record that has
Eyvind Brynildsen, but who has earned to leave the ‘flight’ more spectacular
of the day.
The margin of the record of Mads Ostberg and the absolute dominance of Tanak with his third scratch, few changes occurred in the classification at the end of the loop the morning, although Hayden Paddon fell to the tenth position after more than 1 minute and 17 seconds in the ss11 state road, a condition that took advantage of your time Stéphane Lefebvre to sneak ninth. All in all, Thierry Neuville has a margin of 32.8 seconds to Jari-Matti Latvala, while Ott Tanak has positioned itself to 9.2 seconds of the pilot of Toyota Gazoo Racing. Sébastien Ogier does not lose sight of the podium, perhaps waiting for a mistake from the opponent.
The rest of the positions of the top ten look pretty
settled, at least for the moment. However, Kris Meeke is fifth with a
advantage of 46.7 seconds over Dani Sordo, while the pilot cantabrian
holds almost half a minute of margin with respect to Craig Breen. Eighth, for its part
is Elfyn Evans at the wheel of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 equipped with the tires
DMACK, compounds that are not being as effective as in the Monte carlo Rally.
In fact, Evans is the last ranked among the World Rally Cars of new
generation who have not had problems of any kind.
In regard to the second category in the world championship,
Pontus Tidemand holds a comfortable lead in WRC2. The Swedish riding without opposition
to victory and only a problem or an error may end up with the advantage of
1 minute and 12 seconds that it has on Teemu Suninen. The finn has
managed to assault the second place of the ranking after beating Ole
Christian Veiby in the last special stage of the morning. The Norwegian, faster than
Suninen, also being quite more irregular, the pilot of M-Sport.
Eric Camilli with the other Ford Fiesta R5 of Cumbria occupies the fourth place.
Finally, Louise Cook still in the race and thus leads
the category WRC3 as the only participant. All in all, the pilot british is
away from the records that are making pilots such as Daniel Röjsel, Oscar
Solberg or Anders Aberg, all vehicles R2. All in all, Cook has managed to
stay in the race, something you can’t say most experienced pilots and with
vehicles more powerful. It is the case of Henning Solberg, the Norwegian
has suffered an accident at the wheel of his Skoda Fabia R5 at the start of SS9.
Classification after ss11 state road of the 65th Rally of Sweden
|Position||Pilot||Vehicle||Time / Difference|
|1||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||1:46:41.6|
|2nd||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris WRC||+32.8|
|3rd||Ott Tanak||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+42.0|
|4th||Sébastien Ogier||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+56.2|
|5th||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||+1:10.3|
|6th||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+1:57.1|
|7th||Craig Breen||Citroen C3 WRC||+2:26.1|
|8th||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17||+3:47.1|
|9th||Stéphane Lefebvre||Citroën DS3 WRC||+5:02.0|
|10th||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe||+5:12.4|
The Rally of Sweden will continue with the dispute of the four remaining sections of the third stage in this day of Saturday. The pilots will face a total of 63,64 kilometres against the clock.