Thierry Neuville gives the first bite to the Rally of Sweden


The battle initially between Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville
throughout the loop the morning of the second stage of the Rally of Sweden has been
tornado in a firm control of the belgian driver. With three scratch of the four in
game, Thierry Neuville has assaulted the leadership and is at the forefront of the rally with
28.1 seconds to Jari-Matti Latvala
, that little or nothing has been done
before the cyclone originated by the pilot of Hyundai. Third party for its part is Ott Tanak after passing in the last stage of the day Sebastien Ogier,
aggrieved by the drawn of the rally, historical, and Kris Meeke, who suffered
a small output during the afternoon.

Thierry Neuville launched his offensive from the first
. The belgian got the scratch in the SS5 at the wheel of his Hyundai
i20 WRC Coupe and he did so by sending a notice to mariners, since you are endorsed by 7.7
seconds to Jari-Matti Latvala
. In this aspect, only Hayden Paddon endured the
rhythm of your partner during this special, thanks in part to the adjustments that
the technicians of Hyundai, engaged in the assistance middle of the noon.
Worse will things were going to Juho Hänninen after damaging the front of your Toyota Yaris
WRC in a touch
. Damage on the radiator was invited to their abandonment to avoid
greater evils.

All in all, the big hit was Mads Ostberg. The Norwegian
pull the loop to accumulate a 50 second penalty for leaving five minutes
late to the SS5, delay motivated by the replacement of the gearbox
Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17. To add insult to injury, Orstberg lost the rear spoiler and
although the fans have returned this piece, something important for the low
level of spare parts, has travelled the loop with a delicate aerodynamics and low-speed. In fact, Mads Ostberg opted to not go out in the SS8, although
by then they had no option to score points.


Alien to the problems of Ostberg, the belgian Thierry Neuville
still with its strong speech and was done with the scratch in the SS6
of Jari-Matti Latvala and Hayden Paddon. The result was repeated in the following
special, although this case was Kris Meeke who finished closer to the
pilot Hyundai. The pilot of the Vehicle and not only got beat in this stretch
Sébastien Ogier, quite annoyed with the drawn of the cars in the rally
, but that was a step forward in the classification. Kris Meeke
he assailed the third position in the rally giving account of Tanak.

the last stretch of The day was the scratch of Ott Tanak,
first of the Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 in the rally, and served to consolidate the
leadership of Thierry Neuville. The belgian closed the day with 28.1 seconds
advantage over Jari-Matti Latvala. After the failure in the previous stage, Ott Tanak
recovered the third position in the rally
thanks to the small out of track
that suffered from Kris Meeke and that made him lose 10.9 seconds. Sébastien Ogier, without
being able to attack harmed by open track, it was enough to close the day
minimizing damage and in the heart of the fight for the podium, but far from
Thierry Neuville.

For his part, Hayden Paddon has completed the stage in sixth
after take advantage of the good performance he has shown during the
loop the evening. In fact, the new zealander has overtaken Dani Sordo. The pilot
spaniard has suffered with the delicate grip that have offered sections of the Rally
of Sweden and at the moment, is far from able to fight for the positions of
privilege. All in all, the top ten is completed by Craig Breen with the Citroën C3
WRC, Elfyn Evans taking advantage of the strong points of the tyres DMACK and
Stéphane Lefebvre
, that before the low of Hänninen and Ostberg gets to be in the
zone of points with the DS3 WRC 2016.


The script of the fight for the victory has been repeated in the
second category fifa world cup and Pontus Tidemand is the leader in WRC2 with a comfortable
of 45.1 seconds on Teemu Suninen. The swede has taken advantage of the
failures of Ole Christian Veiby
to consolidate its first position, the whole time
the Norwegian has experienced several tops that have made him fall to a minute of the
leader. Fourth is Eric Camilli, although the frenchman is on another
world, every time you stop for more than two minutes with respect to Tidemand and more than 1
minute and 15 seconds on Suninen, his new team-mate at M-Sport.

After the initial shock and accident, Luise Cook
has had a loop evening more quiet
and although his pace has not been
too remarkable, the british has managed to put in a goal his Ford Fiesta R2 and
thus maintain the first place in WRC3. Without rivals in the category,
your goal is to reach the finish and gain experience, although it is true that Cook
it is very far from the times that are showing Daniel Röjsel or Oscar
, the two pilots that are leaving best feelings among the
vehicles R2.

Classification after SS8 of the 65th Rally of Sweden

Position Pilot Vehicle Time / Difference
1 Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe 1:16:24.7
2nd Jari-Matti Latvala Toyota Yaris WRC +28.1
3rd Ott Tanak Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +49.7
4th Kris Meeke Citroen C3 WRC +51.8
5th Sébastien Ogier Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +55.7
6th Hayden Paddon Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +1:17.8
7th Dani Sordo Hyundai i20 WRC Coupe +1:40.3
8th Craig Breen Citroen C3 WRC +1:54.3
9th Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta RS WRC ’17 +3:01.5
10th Stéphane Lefebvre Citroën DS3 WRC +3:23.6

The Rally of Sweden will continue with the dispute of the third stage in this day of Saturday. Riders will face seven special, disputing a total of 125,38 kilometres against the clock.