Elsewhere in the M-Sport Team Sweden day 2

Elsewhere in the M-Sport Team Sweden day 2

11.02.2017: Elsewhere in the M-Sport team, Teemu Suninen maintained his second position in the WRC 2 category.

Elsewhere in the M-Sport team, Teemu Suninen maintained his second position in the WRC 2 category.





Contesting the Swedish fixture for only the second time, the young Finn is bettered only by Värmland local Pontus Tidemand and currently holds tenth place in the overall standings.
 


Familiarising themselves with the Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta R5, Suninen and co-driver Mikko Markkula have had the better of their more seasoned rivals and are on course for a podium result with just three stages left to contest.
 


In the sister Fiesta R5, Éric Camilli and Benjamin Veillas hold fourth position on what is only the second snow rally of their careers.
 


Out performing a number of their more experienced rivals, the Frenchmen have delivered a fine performance – getting to grips with the snow-covered stages whilst posting a string of competitive times.



 
Teemu Suninen (2nd WRC2) said:

 

“I think it’s been a good day for us. We lost quite a lot of time this morning [on SS9] when the windscreen steamed over, but since then we’ve had good pace and were able to challenge the local guys.
 


“Tomorrow we just need to keep going flat-out. We want that second place, and I know that Veiby wants it too, so we’re going to have to go for it and give it our all.”
 




Éric Camilli (4th WRC2) said:


 
“I think we’ve had another really good day. We were pushing and I’ve been really happy with my performance – matching the locals who have so much experience here.



Quite a few times we were on course for a really, really good stage time but we lost some seconds in the last split which cost us some stage wins.
 


“It’s really encouraging. We needed to be focused to learn quickly as there is only one snow rally of the year and I have so little experience on this surface. I think we have done that, and we can be very happy with our performance so far.”





ELSEWHERE  IN THE SERVICE PARK



Elsewhere in the service park, the roles were reversed for Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt as they were tasked with the arduous job of leading the field as one of the opening cars on the road.
 


Having lost two minutes two a puncture yesterday morning, the Welshman is running as the third car on the road and has had to contend with the slippery conditions which were made all the more challenging with a fresh flurry of snow overnight.
 


Despite the difficult task, Evans delivered a clean performance behind the wheel of his DMACK-clad Ford Fiesta WRC, and climbed to sixth place in the overall standings.
 


In the RC4 class, Sweden’s Daniel Röjsel continues to hold a commanding lead behind the wheel of his one-litre Ecoboost Ford Fiesta R2. Claiming a further two stage victories, the youngster holds an impressive seven minute advantage in class and is the leading two-wheel-drive competitor.


 



OVERALL  CLASSIFICATION



1. Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila (Toyota Yaris WRC) 2:04:59.3

2. Ott Tänak / Martin Järveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3.8

3. Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta WRC) +16.6

4. Dani Sordo / Marc Marti (Hyundai 120 Coupe WRC) +1:39.5

5. Craig Breen / Scott Martin (Citroen C3 WRC) +2:04.5

6. Elfyn Evans / Daniel Barritt (Ford Fiesta WRC) +3:44.7

7. Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +5:00.2

8. Stephane Lefebvre / Gabin Moreau (Citroen DS3 WRC) +5:47.0

9. Pontus Tidemand / Jonas Andersson (Skoda Fabia R5) +6:36.7

10. Teemu Suninen / Mikko Markkula (Ford Fiesta R5) +7:52.9






Anna Louise Rudd- photos M-SPort

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