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Rally Sweden: Day 3 – Latvala claims stunning victory, Ostberg quickest on Power Stage

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    Bradley Downton

    So, Rally Sweden kicks off tonight with the Super Special Stage.

    I have a live stream here: for anyone who wants to watch.

    Mads Ostberg was quickest in the shakedown for Citroen while this is ex-F1 driver Kubica’s first proper full snow rally.

    SS1 has been completed. The top 10 (M stands for entries eligible to score manufacturer points):
    1. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) – Volkswagen ll (M) – 1:33.4
    2. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) – Volkswagen (M) – 1:34.2
    3. Ott Tanak (EST) – M-Sport Ford – 1:35.6
    4. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) – Volkswagen (M) – 1:35.8
    5. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) – M-Sport Ford (M) – 1:36.0
    6. Henning Solberg (NOR) – Henning Solberg Ford – 1:36.4
    7. Juho Hanninen (FIN) – Hyundai (M) – 1:36.6
    8. Mads Ostberg (NOR) – Citroen (M) – 1:36.6
    9. Thierry Neuville (BEL) – Hyundai (M) – 1:36.8
    10. Kris Meeke (GBR) – Citroen (M) – 1:37.3
    Other Major WRC Entries:
    11. Pontus Tidemand (SWE) – Pontus Tidemand Ford – 1:37.9
    12. Robert Kubica (POL) – RK M-Sport Ford (M) – 1:38.4
    15. Martin Prokop (CZE) – Jipocar Ford (M) – 1:38.9
    16. Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) – Citroen – 1:39.2
    20. Elfyn Evans (GBR) – M-Sport Ford (M) – 1:40.0
    21. Michal Solowow (POL) – M-Sport Ford – 1:40.2
    23. Craig Breen (IRE) – Craig Breen Ford – 1:40.8


    Bradley Downton

    So, day 1 is over and Sebastien Ogier leads the rally by 5.8 from VW teammate Andreas Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen had taken the lead on SS6 but used old tyres for SS7 so as to save his fresh ones for tomorrow morning. Jari-Matti Latvala makes it a VW 1-2-3 although is slightly out of touch with his teammates. Ott Tanak has been impressive today – 12 months out of a WRC car and now he’s back and immediately fighting towards the front.

    No major drama’s at all today, which is somewhat of a surprise for Sweden. Martin Prokop slipped off into a ditch early on but recovered and Henning Solberg suffered a puncture on SS7 after clipped a rock in the stage. Everyone is mega close here which is good although – despite this – the order seems to remain the same stage after stage.

    The top 10 (M stands for entries eligible to score manufacturer points):
    1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) – Volkswagen (M) – 39:56.5
    2. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) – Volkswagen ll (M) – 40:02.3
    3. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) – Volkswagen (M) – 40:08.7
    4. Ott Tanak (EST) – M-Sport Ford – 40:11.3
    5. Mads Ostberg (NOR) – Citroen (M) – 40:19.0
    6. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) – M-Sport Ford (M) – 40:19.0
    7. Thierry Neuville (BEL) – Hyundai (M) – 40:28.5
    8. Juho Hanninen (FIN) – Hyundai (M) – 40:38.5
    9. Pontus Tidemand (SWE) – Pontus Tidemand Ford – 40:41.1
    10. Kris Meeke (GBR) – Citroen (M) – 40:43.1
    Other Major WRC Entries:
    11. Robert Kubica (POL) – RK M-Sport Ford (M) – 40:56.44
    12. Elfyn Evans (GBR) – M-Sport Ford (M) – 41:07.7
    13. Henning Solberg (NOR) – Henning Solberg Ford – 41:20.5
    14. Craig Breen (IRE) – Craig Breen Ford – 41:27.5
    18. Michal Solowow (POL) – M-Sport Ford – 42:40.4
    21. Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) – Citroen – 42:50.6
    27. Martin Prokop (CZE) – Jipocar Ford (M) – 44:42.8


    Bradley Downton

    After a rather subdued rally so far it has all kicked off at the start of Friday on SS8. Neuville has crashed and therefore failed to make it past day one of a rally so far this season while Ogier had a problem in the final sector of the stage, dropping four and a half minutes. Having missed the stage I’m not sure what this issue was but from the time loss I’d imagine he put it in a snow bank or a ditch.

    EDIT: Ogier did plant it in a snowbank while Neuville has made the stage end – albeit dropping forty minutes and damaging a wheel, taking him out of the rally. Tanak also suffered a spin in the stage – losing 10 seconds.


    Bradley Downton

    So at the mid-day points Latvala leads teammate Mikkelsen by 1.6 seconds. Ostberg has pulled 7.2 seconds clear of Hirvonen in third with Tanak falling to fifth. Kubica holds the final point while Ogier has recovered to 13th following his trip into snow bank on SS8.



    After SS12 Latvala leads Mikkelsen by 6.6 seconds. Also Hänninen went off and had to retire, so after 2 rallies Hyundai have scored grand total of 0 points.


    Prisoner Monkeys

    Rally Sweden is run to Rally-2, so Neuville and Hanninen can re-enter. It will be an uphill battle, but they might pick up a minor placing.

    These teething problems are to be expected. Not everyone can spend $100 million and eighteen months in development the way Volkswagen did.

    Given that Monte Carlo and Sweden are two of the three hardest rallies if the year (Wales being the third), I would have more cause for concern if Hyundai were worried.


    Bradley Downton

    Kubica’s had two issues, one on SS12 and another on SS14, he’s lost an awful lot of time.

    Meanwhile Latvala is struggling on SS15 with shot tyres, Mikkelsen trying to capitalise.


    Force Maikel

    O dear…not again…


    Bradley Downton

    In all fairness to Kubica he was mega in Monte but hasn’t looked comfortable at all in the snow. He did some pre-rally testing with Marcus Gronholm but this is the first time he’s ever driven on snow.




    I do agree.

    I think he will be very fast on tarmac, but on snow he doesn’t have much experience and has a lot to learn.

    On the other hand it’s good – he still have room to improve.


    R.J. O’Connell

    Being in his second year of professional rallying compared to people that weren’t fast-tracked to WRC nearly as quickly, Kubica is bound to have his share of troubles.

    Can’t believe Ogier lost all that time. Wonder who takes it tomorrow though? Mikkelsen and Latvala have been fairly evenly matched all weekend and they’re miles ahead of the rest of the field. It’s an all-Scandinavian podium tomorrow barring a total meltdown from the top 4 drivers.


    Prisoner Monkeys

    It’s easy to lose time in Sweden – all you have to do is hit a snow bank the wrong way, which is exactly what Ogier did. There is a picture of it on


    Bradley Downton

    Day three is coming to a close in Sweden as we are now on the penultimate stage, 23.

    Unfortunately stage 21 was cancelled due to timing glitch issues delaying the start of stage 20.

    Latvala has extended his lead after a slight off for Mikkelsen that has allowed Ostberg to close. Ostberg is now pushing hard and taking seconds off Mikkelsen on each stage although is still 11.6 behind with only two to go. Ogier has recovered to 7th but is aiming for Henning Solberg’s 6th place – he needs to make up 20 seconds. Martin Prokop and Michal Solowow have both had issues on stages 22 & 23 respectively although neither were fighting for points.

    Oh, and Kubica went off. Again. For the third time.


    Bradley Downton

    Latvala wins from Mikkelsen and Ostberg – who also claims the three power stage points.

    Heartbreak for Brit Elfyn Evans who becomes the second Ford in as many rallies to retire from a points position on the final stage. He was running solidly in ninth when he stuffed the Ford into a snow bank just 5.3km into the final stage. As of nearly an hour later, he still hasn’t completed the stage, so we can assume he retired.


    Bradley Downton

    SS1 has been completed. The top 10 (M stands for entries eligible to score manufacturer points):
    1. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) – Volkswagen (M) – 3:00:31.1 – 27 Points (2nd Power Stage)
    2. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) – Volkswagen ll (M) – 3:01:24.7 – 18
    3. Mads Ostberg (NOR) – Citroen (M) – 3:01:30.6 – 18 (1st Power Stage)
    4. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) – M-Sport Ford (M) – 3:02:58.0 – 13 (3rd Power Stage)
    5. Ott Tanak (EST) – M-Sport Ford – 3:03:31.6 – 10
    6. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) – Volkswagen (M) – 3:05.01.0 – 8
    7. Henning Solberg (NOR) – Henning Solberg Ford – 3:05:18.6 – 6
    8. Pontus Tidemand (SWE) – Pontus Tidemand Ford – 3:06:09.3 – 4
    9. Craig Breen (IRE) – Craig Breen Ford – 3:09:26.5 – 2
    10. Kris Meeke (GBR) – Citroen (M) – 3:11:49.1 – 1
    Other Major WRC Entries:
    ??. Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) – Citroen – 3:19:21.6
    ??. Michal Solowow (POL) – M-Sport Ford – 3:22:48.0
    ??. Juho Hanninen (FIN) – Hyundai (M) – 3:27:12.1
    ??. Robert Kubica (POL) – RK M-Sport Ford (M) – 3:36:43.5
    ??. Thierry Neuville (BEL) – Hyundai (M) – 3:49:59.3
    Ret. Elfyn Evans (GBR) – M-Sport Ford (M)
    Ret. Martin Prokop (CZE) – Jipocar Ford (M)

    Driver’s Championship
    1. Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) – 40 Points
    2. Sebastien Ogier (FRA) – 35
    3. Mads Ostberg (NOR)- 30
    4. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR) – 24
    5. Bryan Bouffier (FRA) – 18
    6. Kris Meeke (GBR) – 17
    7. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) – 13
    8. Ott Tanak (EST) – 10
    9. Elfyn Evans (GBR) – 8
    10. Henning Solberg (NOR) – 6
    11. Jaroslav Melichárek (SVK) – 4
    11. Pontus Tidemand (SWE) – 4
    13. Matteo Gamba (ITA) – 2
    13. Craig Breen (IRE) – 2
    15. Yuriy Protasov – 1

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