Stage 3 in Sweden notes and quotes

Stage 3 in Sweden notes and quotes

16.02.2018: WRC Rallyes 2018 SWEDEN RALLY Friday, February 16th 2018 Sweden after SS3

WRC Rallyes 2018
Friday, February 16th 2018

Sweden after SS3

1.Neuville 25m29.3s, 2.Tänak +2.7s, 3.Lappi +4.3s, 4.Mikkelsen +5.6s, 5.Østberg +7.1s

Fri 09:53 - SS3: WRC 2 Pieniazek

"One big moment where we almost went off."

Fri 09:52 - SS3: WRC 2 Veiby

"Not easy out there but it's going good. I'm trying to get a rhythm now."

Fri 09:51 - SS3: WRC 2 Tideman

"An okay rhythm, but not perfect. It's been a long time since our last rally in GB. We improve a bit here, we'll keep going."

Fri 09:49 - SS3: Al Rajhi

"Everything works okay, need to build up experience, having fun in the snow."

Fri 09:48 - SS3: Solberg

"I lost time in the end there, the car just started sliding, that's how it is. We'll have a look in service."

Fri 09:45 - SS3: Ostberg

Fifth quickest. "Quite tricky, not a lot of grip. I struggled with braking and traction. I was fighting in there in a few places because it was difficult to stop for the corners."

Fri 09:43 - SS3: Paddon

"It's the same as the first one, you have to keep in the line, and I'm struggling to get the front end in. We will make some set-up changes to help the confidence."

Fri 09:40 - SS3: Suninen
"It was okay. A lot of grip.

Fri 09:38 - SS3: Breen

Fourth quickest. "Trying to keep it really clean and tidy and neat. No mistakes. We're in the ballpark. We keep fighting."

Fri 09:36 - SS3: Mikkelsen

Third fastest, "It was okay, you can push hard and gain time if you are prepared to take risks. There's a long way to to, so I'm happy with my drive."

Fri 09:34 - SS3: Lappi

"A much better stage"

Fri 09:33 - SS3: Evans

Struggling to determine where the grip is.

Fri 09:31 - SS3: Neuville

Fastest through so far, 9.2sec quicker than Latvala: "I enjoyed every moment. I think the time is good."

Fri 09:29 - SS3: Meeke

"Just driving my rally, I can see the lines in the road ahead, but I just don't have the confidence."

Fri 09:26 - SS3: Latvala

Quickest so far, 1sec up on Tanak. "Getting better. The first stage was difficult and now I've started to get the rhythm."

Fri 09:24 - SS3: Tanak

9.9sec quicker than Ogier. "A lot worse than the previous one. A lot of loose snow on the top. Very tough."

Fri 09:22 - SS3: Ogier

He completes in 13m36.5s. "Not good. First we stalled on the start line, then there is more fresh snow on the line here than the first one."

Fri 09:17 - SS3: Splits watch

Four cars have reached the 5.92km split [in the 24.88km stage]. Tanak is quickest, with Latvala and Meeke +0.6s and Ogier +4.9s

Fri 08:57 - Stage info: SS3

Svullrya, 24.88km. It is fast and flowing from the start with plenty of inviting corners to challenge drivers. It contains a mix of wide flowing roads and narrower forest tracks, while the big Furumo jumps just before the midpoint throw cars high into the air. Driven in this direction for the first time last year.

Fri 08:56 - Next stage: 0907hrs

That's Ogier's start time for Svullrya. Stage notes coming up.

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