Quotes and news from Sweden Rally stage 13

Quotes and news from Sweden Rally stage 13

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

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

Sat 11:46 - Up next: SS14

The Rämmen stage gets underway at 1224hrs. We'll take a live text break until then.

Sat 11:13 - Sweden after SS12

1.Ogier 1h26m28.5s, 2.Paddon +8.8s, 3.Ostberg +28.1s, 4.Mikkelsen +38.1s, 5.Tanak +57.9s. Ostberg up to 3rd

Sat 11:44 - Regroup quote: Paddon

On what overnight lead he would need to beat Ogier on Sunday. "He's definitely got the upper hand in terms of speed. So to be really safe I reckon you need 10 seconds."

Sat 11:41 - Regroup quote: Paddon

On being the new favourite to win this rally: "I don't know about that, it's far from over. I think we can take some time [from Seb] on the next one, apparently there's more fresh snow there, but the second time through Vargåsen won't be the same. Okay, maybe we're not the fastest overall this weekend but we're making the most of our position."

Sat 11:36 - Regroup quote: Ogier

On his time loss in Vargåsen: "I was happy with my driving, but I knew the conditions would cost me. There was a huge evolution in the road. The fastest time in there was almost 40 seconds quicker than mine. I do my best - but I cannot do more."

Sat 11:32 - Up next: Regroup & tyres

Crews are in Hagfors for today's midpoint regroup. Here they will take on fresh tyres and probably a cup of soup and a sandwich.

Sat 11:29 - Sweden WRC2

after SS12 1.Evans 1h30m05.3s, 2.Tidemand +32.0s, 3.Grondal +1m14.4s, 4.Ahlin +1m20.3s, 5.Brynildsen +2m06.5s

Sat 11:19 - SS12: WRC 2 update

Tidemand takes the stage win in WRC 2, 10.7sec quicker than second quickest Evans. Ahlin is third fastest. Bergkvist loses more than a minute to the leaders. Rendina and Van den Heuvel both stopped in stage.

Sat 11:11 - SS12: Latvala

Another new fastest time - 9.5sec up on Meeke - but after his driveshaft problems on day one he's almost 17m off the lead

Sat 11:00 - SS12: Meeke

A new fastest time, 4.7sec up on Paddon. He also bags the furthest Colin's Crest flight so far: 43 metres. "What can I say? A rocky start to my season but today is really good experience. We're playing around with the set-ups of the car."

Sat 10:54 - SS12: H. Solberg

1.4sec quicker than Breen and the 43-year-old is chuffed. "I'm pushing - oy oy oy! I have fun. Third fastest is good. I can still drive!"

Sat 10:51 - SS12: Breen

Third fastest so far, just 12.5sec off Paddon's pace and the Irishman is delighted. "Not bad is it? I'm sure the road is cleaning but through this one I was shouting yee-ha! It's incredible. Like I'm playing on a PlayStation."

Sat 10:44 - SS12: Paddon

A terrific fastest time for the Kiwi who completes 5.7sec quicker than Ostberg. More importantly he's 23 sec faster than Ogier and is now just 8.8sec off the rally lead! "This stage helped us a bit more than the previous one. It was good for us.

Okay, Ogier isn't really the target for us now, we want to build a buffer ahead of the guys behind."

Sat 10:40 - SS12: Tanak

He completes 24.9sec slower than pace-setter Ostberg.

Sat 10:39 - SS12: Splits watch

Paddon 15.7sec up on Ogier at the 14km split

Sat 10:38 - SS12: Sordo

14.2sec slower than Ostberg. His car missing most of its left front wing after his puncture on the previous test.

Sat 10:36 - SS12: Ostberg

A new fastest time - 10.1sec up on Neuville. "For sure it's cleaning. We expected something like this. We did quite a good stage. I was happy with that. You can smell the mustard on the spectators' hot dogs." That's our quote of the day so far.

Sat 10:33 - SS12: Neuville

Last year's winner of the Colin's Crest award, with a jump of 44metres. He's quickest so far, six-tenths up on Ogier and records the longest jump so far at 38 metres. "It was okay. Quite slippery and the times are getting better and better. For me it was the stage to get back into the rhythm."

Sat 10:30 - SS12: Mikkelsen

He completes 7.8sec quicker than Ogier. "I had a pretty clean drive and I'm happy with that. The road is cleaning a lot. Anders got something in his eye at the start but he managed to read the notes okay!"

Sat 10:26 - SS12: Ogier

He completes in 13m34.5s. "Not the same story as earlier. I'm very happy with my stage but this one was different. We might lose a lot here - especially to Hayden who is starting so far behind."

Sat 10:24 - SS12: Ogier

Nearing the finish. His speedo showing 180kph

Sat 10:22 - SS12: Splits watch

Mikkelsen 7.1sec up on Ogier at the 14.6km point

Sat 09:23 - Stage info: SS12

Vargåsen 1, 24.70km. Rally Sweden's best-known test, Vargåsen is famous for Colin's Crest - a blind jump 12.8km from the start where fans gather in their thousands. Thierry Neuville set a new record last year with a 44 metre jump and the biggest leap this year will receive the award named in memory of the late Colin McRae. The stage starts on a narrow and twisty road but becomes wider and more flowing.

full results, photos, livetiming and more on www.wrc.com   photo Willy Weyens

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