Quotes and news from Sweden Rally stage 12

Quotes and news from Sweden Rally stage 12

13.02.2016: WRC Rallyes - Sweden Rally Saturday, February 13th, 2016

WRC Rallyes - Sweden Rally
Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Sat 09:04 - Sweden after SS10

1.Ogier 1h12m54.0s, 2.Paddon +32.4s, 3.Mikkelsen +45.9s, 4.Ostberg +46.0s, 5.Tanak +50.9s Camilli rolls

Sat 09:19 - Sweden WRC2

after SS10 1.Evans 1h16m30.8s, 2.Tidemand +42.7s, 3.Grondal +52.6s, 4.Ahlin +1m16.3s, 5.Bergkvist +1m18.9s Ahlin puncture B'kvist engine

Sat 09:15 - SS10: WRC 2 Brynildsen

"The guys worked hard last night but we have the same problem as yesterday. I try to push but it's impossible. We believed it was something with the handbrake yesterday, now I don't know."

Sat 09:11 - SS10: WRC 2 Bergkvist

He completes with an overheating engine. "It looks like game over for us."

Sat 09:10 - SS10: WRC 2 Tidemand

A clean run and he's up to second!

Sat 09:09 - SS10: WRC 2 Grondal

He woke up at 3am with a fever and is feeling terrible.

Sat 09:08 - SS10: WRC 2 Ahlin

A front-left puncture, collected 6km from the end, and he drops out of the top three fight. "Game over."

Sat 09:07 - SS10: WRC 2 Evans

All clear

Sat 09:07 - SS10: Latvala

Front-left puncture. "The stage was very rough. I thought I had marked the stones well but his happened on the inside of the a long left-hander. I knew there were stones at the end, this was earlier on."

Sat 09:03 - SS10: Meeke

Back after another rock-related retirement yesterday. "You have to ride your luck a bit. Sometimes it works out but for the last two rallies it hasn't. I was really careful around the rocks on the road here."

Sat 08:57 - SS10: H. Solberg

"We we slowed in the corner where Camilli went off. His car was a long way from the road, so I'm not sure they needed to do that."

Sat 08:55 - SS10: Breen

"Different conditions compared to yesterday and that means more learning for me. We passed Eric's car on stage, it looks like a big accident and that was a bit of a distraction.'

Sat 08:48 - SS10: Camilli update

Rolled. Crew okay.

Sat 08:47 - SS10: Al Qassimi

Lost a few seconds braking way too early for a junction. He couldn't get his bearings in the snow. Sounds similar to Neuville's delay here.

Sat 08:45 - SS10: Paddon

Any advantage running seventh on the road? "My road position is 50/50. Some places there is a clean line, in other places more ice. So no real advantage. I'm a bit frustrated with my own driving on this one. We can improve a lot."

Sat 08:43 - SS10: Tanak

16.1sec slower than Ogier. A clean run.

Sat 08:42 - SS10: Camilli

WRC tracking system shows his car stopped 3.6km into the stage

Sat 08:41 - SS10 Sordo

Disaster for the Spaniard. He completes 1m06s slower than Ogier and drops out of the lead battle. The reason is clear to see - a front-left puncture. "It happened about four kilometres before the finish. There were lots of stones in the road and I hit one. I will try to fight back."

Sat 08:36 - SS10: Ostberg

12.3sec off Ogier's pace and lucky to reach the finish at all. "That was a crazy opening to the day. I had a big moment near the start when I slid wide in a corner. I was lucky to get away with it. I had 'don't cut' in my notes and I went too far to the outside. A big wake up!"

Sat 08:33 - SS10: Neuville

16.1sec off Ogier's pace and it's a hectic start to the day for Neuville, who collected a 20sec penalty for leaving service late. "It was a problem fixing the roll bar, but everything is okay now. In the car here we had a small misunderstanding near the start with a junction, I ended up braking in a straight line."

Sat 08:27 - SS10: Mikkelsen

3.9sec slower than Ogier, and suggesting that Seb is at maximum attack. "I tried to follow Seb's lines and I can tell you he's in every ditch, hitting stones, taking big risks. He's pushing the boundaries!"

Sat 08:24 - SS10: Ogier

He completes in 9m43.4s. "Okay, first on the road is not the best position but it's not too bad I hope. For sure it's going to cost me, compared to the guys behind, but I'm happy with my stage and my drive. It would be difficult to do better."

Sat 08:16 - Stage info: SS10

Fredriksberg 1, 18.19km. Fredriksberg is one of Sweden's classics and is driven in the opposite direction to 2015. It's narrow with stones and tree stumps to trap the unwary, but fast and full of crests. The early sections wind through a narrow tree-lined section before emerging onto a wide and curvy road alongside Lake Skärsjön.

Sat 08:14 - Weather

On the start line of SS10 the temperature is -4˚C. No snow falling but grey skies suggest more might be on its way. The stage surface is frozen hard with a layer of four centimetres of fresh snow on top. Fir trees dusted with snow. Spectators pulling sledges. Looks a bit like a WRC Christmas card.

Plenty of long-awaited snow in the region overnight. Here in Karlstad it's -4.5˚C with light snow falling. We brushed about 4cm of fresh snow off our car this morning.

Sat 08:13 - Neuville penalty

A 20-second penalty applied for leaving service late this morning.

Sat 08:12 - Bertelli?

Not starting today. He retired on Friday night.

Sat 08:11 - Start order

Crews will start in reverse classification order. Here’s how the World Rally Car drivers will line-up: 1. Ogier, 2. Mikkelsen, 3. Neuville, 4. Østberg, 5. Sordo, 6. Tanak, 7. Paddon, 8. Al Qassimi, 9. Camilli, 10. Breen, 11. H. Solberg, 12. Al Rajhi, 13. Meeke, 14. Latvala

Sat 08:10 - Saturday's itinerary

The five stages cover 92.25km. Fredriksberg and Vargåsen - home of the famous Colin's Crest jump - will run in the morning (and be streamed LIVE on WRC ) before a tyre fitting opportunity in Hagfors. In the afternoon crews will tackle Rämmen and a repeat of Vargåsen before a head-to-head test at Karlstad trotting track



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