Final Powerstage in Sweden notes, quotes - Thierry Neuville winner

Final Powerstage in Sweden notes, quotes - Thierry Neuville winner

18.02.2018: WRC RALLYES 2018 SWEDEN RALLY Sunday, February 18th 2018 Victory for Thierry Neuville in Sweden! 1. BEL T. NEUVILLE

WRC RALLYES 2018
SWEDEN RALLY
Sunday, February 18th 2018





Victory for Thierry Neuville in Sweden!

1.     BEL T. NEUVILLE    
2.     IRL C. BREEN     +19.8
3.     NOR A. MIKKELSEN     +28.3




Sun 13:13 - SS19: Neuville


Underway. Anxious faces at the Hyundai team HQ watching the live coverage.




Sun 13:08 - SS19: Weather update

Heavy snow falling now




Sun 13:07 - SS19: Mikkelsen


Second quickest on stage and third position for Andreas. "Nice to end up in the podium - my first with Hyundai. A clean stage. You really have to risk everything to get the maximum points on the Power Stage. That's a fine line when you're in a podium position."



Sun 13:05 - SS19: Ogier update


Waiting at the start line. He will tackle the stage after the WRC 2 runners.



Sun 13:04 - SS19: Paddon


He's lost 11.5sec and that drops him behind Lappi to fifth. "Annoying. A small mistake, I just stalled it and it wouldn't restart. It is what it is. Plenty of positive to take away anyway. We're not in championship contention this year. We can be positive going forward."




Sun 13:00 - SS19: Paddon


Disaster! He stops at the same place on stage as Solberg. He's moving again now, but that's fourth place gone.



Sun 12:59 - SS19: Lappi


Chasing down Paddon's fourth place, Lappi goes quickest so far by 5.2sec. "Good, but I almost went into a ditch near the end! One mistake otherwise a really good run. Can I beat Paddon here? I don't know. Here was really quick here on the first run. Either way I can be really happy with this rally."




Sun 12:56 - SS19: Ostberg


Third quickest on the Power Stage so far and that's sixth place secure on his debut in the C3. "An amazing weekend. So nice to be back at Citroen. I've really enjoyed it but I felt my lack of experience in this car. But to be here after just half a day testing, to be so competitive, and bring home points, makes me really pleased. I'm just crossing my fingers for the future. I want to do more rallies in this car."



Sun 12:52 - SS19: Latvala

Second quickest so far, 1.1sec slower than Tanak and he finishes in 7th position overall. "It's been a tough one but we are here, we got the points - that's the most important thing."




Sun 12:49 - SS19: Suninen

6m17.4s, fourth quickest so far and that's eighth place secure for the ambitious young Finn on only his third appearance in a world rally car. "We learned a lot, the positive thing is we are fastest Ford, but I'm not satisfied to finish eighth. Now we try and take these leanings into the rest of the year."




sun 12:42 - SS19: Tanak


Quickest so far, 6.1sec up on Meeke. That's ninth position for Ott. Any news on Seb? "I didn't see him before the stage. Maybe Seb is playing some games to get a better start position?"



Sun 12:36 - SS19: Ogier

Was due to start at 1230hrs. But he hasn't. A tactical delay or a problem? A later position in the start order would give him a better chance for Power Stage points. We'll keep you posted.



Sun 12:34 - SS19: Evans


1.9sec slower than Evans on stage. Looks like 11th position for Elfyn, his event blighted by an early puncture and set-up issues. "We had a bit of a go here but it was very slippery at the start, a few little errors here and there."



Sun 12:31 - SS19: Solberg


34.1sec slower than Meeke, Solberg loses a few seconds with a stop near the finish. "I stalled the engine and couldn't get it restarted. I thought it was broken!"




Sun 12:27 - SS19: Meeke


He completes in 6m12.5s. His prospects not helped by the pre-stage passage of a snow plough. "It pushed all the loose snow into the ruts. If my time is within half a minute of the fastest time I'll be happy."




Sun 12:20 - SS19: LIVE

Meeke in stage. Light snow falling.




Sun 12:19 - Stage info: SS19


Torsby , 9.56km. A mix of new roads and some last used three years ago, before a popular spectator area into the finish. Although the roads are narrow and bumpy, they are fast and tricky and among those to have fallen foul of this stage are Sébastien Ogier, Jari-Matti Latvala and Ott Tänak. The final 3km run alongside Torsby airfield service park, and before the last section near a ski centre is a rallycross-style arena with plenty of fast bends and a jump.




Sun 12:03 - Power Stage timetable


A few tweaks to the running order and start intervals to suit the live TV schedule. Here's how, and when, the top world rally car runners will tackle the Power Stage: 1. Meeke (1218hrs), 2. Solberg (1222hrs), 3. Evans (1226hrs), 4. Ogier (1230hrs), 5. Tänak (1234hrs), 6. Suninen (1238hrs), 7. Latvala (1242hrs), 8. Østberg (1246hrs), 9. Lappi (1250hrs), 10. Paddon (1254hrs), 11. Mikkelsen (1258hrs), 12. Breen (1303hrs), 13. Neuville (1308hrs).



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