The duel between Latvala and Neuville stretches the Rally of Sweden


the opening stages of The Rally of Sweden have left an interesting duel between Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville that has been settled in favor of the pilot of Toyota Gazoo Racing after the last leg of the loop the morning of the first stage. Despite the attacks of Neuville for much of the morning, Jari-Matti Latvala is leading with an advantage of 3.9 seconds on the belgian. Third is Kris Meeke with Citroen C3 WRC, although the irish pilot is already at 18.8 seconds of the head. Sébastien Ogier harmed by open track wheel to 20 seconds that outside of his team-mate.

The first pass ‘Röjden’ let patent the loose snow new-fallen was going to harm the pilots that opened up the track, while those who went out in a more delayed gained a higher advantage to find a group with the tires Michelin X-Ice North 3. In this aspect, the first to set the tone was Thierry Neuville, every time that the belgian seems to be the rider who best adapted to the new generation of World Rally Car. The belgian launched an attack on the leadership in a stretch in which Lorenzo Bertelli with engine problems had to stop his Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2016.

the second section of the morning left a new scratch of Thierry Neuville, in this case, ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala. In this aspect, Kris Meeke became the third force is hegemonic with the Citroen C3 WRC after taking advantage of his starting position. in the wake of Meeke was positioning itself Dani Sordo after the first arreón of his team-mate, though maybe the cronos more surprising were ‘born again’ Mads Ostberg and Sébastien Ogier, although in this case, in the reverse direction. The French, penalized by the lack of grip that is derived from the loose snow, fell to ninth position in the rally.


in spite of the dynamic view in the first two special, the SS4 was the section in which marked differences. Jari-Matti Latvala destapaba the jar of the essences and marked her second scratch at the controls of the Toyota Yaris WRC after the achieved on the racecourse in Karlstad. The Finnish exceeded 8.5 seconds, Thierry Neuville, which allowed him to regain the leadership lost during the morning. For his part, Sébastien Ogier managed to roll to a pace more positive in this special, which was to assault the fourth position, right in the wake of Kris Meeke.

Ott Tanak is positioning itself fifth despite the transmission problems of his Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17, while Mads Ostberg closed the loop in the sixth place. For his part, Dani Sordo is seventh after suffering a small spin in one of the forks of SS4, which has made him fall at 36 seconds of the head after losing almost half a minute in the maneuver back to the track. Nine-tenths of the spaniard has been placed Craig Breen, , while the top ten at close Juho Hänninen with the other Toyota Yaris and Hayden Paddon with the third of the i20 WRC Coupe.

Out of the top ten are located for his part, Stéphane Lefebvre in his particular fight with the Citroën DS3 WRC and Elfyn Evans with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 shoes with the tyres DMACK. Although the tires british have shown to be effective on the Swedish snow, a little out of track champion, British National has belied their good work up to that point. With this mishap, Evans has been left to the two minutes of the head in a position in which in addition is almost threatened by the fastest riders of the category WRC2.


Pontus Tidemand is precisely the leader in WRC2 after an intense battle with Ole Christian Veiby, one of the revelations of the beginning of this year. The pilot swede leads by 5.2 seconds to Veiby, while Teemu Suninen has been placed third, but with 26.5 seconds of loss with respect to the leader. All in all, the casualties among the vehicles RC2 have been quite remarkable, as Henning Solberg hit a rock and had to stop the Skoda Fabia R5, while Alexey Lukyanuk had a off the track just 500 meters before the final SS2. Even though I could stay in the race, left it for nearly five minutes in your accident.

The category WRC3 suffers the usual episodes of the one that suffers the category. No possible solution to this problem, the third category world cup has a unique inscribed in the Rally of Sweden and it is certain that not even you have been gone things well. Although Louise Cook could take the output at the wheel of his Ford Fiesta R2, the femina suffered an accident in the final part of the SS3. fans managed to turn the Fiesta R2 after tipping and Louise Cook still in the race, the british has left 21 minutes and occupies the last position in the rally.

Classification after SS4 of the 65th Rally of Sweden

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC 34:19.2
2nd Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +3.9
3rd Kris Meeke Citroen C3 WRC +18.8
4th Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +19.1
5th Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +20.0
6th Mads Ostberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +20.9
7th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +36.0
8th Craig Breen Citroen C3 WRC +36.9
9th Juho Hänninen Toyota Yaris WRC +39.4
10th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +41.1

The Rally of Sweden will continue with the dispute of the second loop of the second stage on this day, Friday. The pilots will face the four remaining specials, disputing a total of 81,04 kilometres against the clock.