Stage 7 in Sweden notes and quotes

Stage 7 in Sweden notes and quotes

16.02.2018: WRC Rallyes 2018 SWEDEN RALLY Friday, February 16th 2018 Fri 16:36 - Sweden after SS7

WRC Rallyes 2018
SWEDEN RALLY
Friday, February 16th 2018




Fri 16:36 - Sweden after SS7

1.Neuville 1h09m46.4s, 2.Mikkelsen +4.8s, 3.Breen +5.4s, 4.Østberg +10.4s, 5.Paddon +15.0s. Stage winner Breen moves up to third position




Fri 16:45 - Sweden WRC2 after SS7

1.Katsuta 1h13m38.4s, 2.Tidemand +5.8s, 3.Veiby +6.3s, 4.Huttunen +13.3s, 5. Tuohino +23.3s




Fri 16:33 - SS7: Al Rajhi

"A lot of rough in the last few kilometres. We enjoy but it's a difficult rally this year."




Fri 16:31 - SS7: Solberg

"I enjoyed it. It's fast and good and there is a great atmosphere in the stages now. Neat and tidy."



Fri 16:28 - SS7: Ostberg

5.6sec slower than Breen on stage and Mads slips behind to fourth position in the standings. "I need to make changes to the car to be competitive, it doesn't feel good and I need to take risks on my set-up. I made quite a big change and I could really feel it. I'm not sure if it was better or not."




Fri 16:25 - SS7: Suninen

Cleanly through, sixth quickest.




Fri 16:25 - SS7: Paddon

"The road position is helping us. It's always the same for me in Sweden, I struggle on the first pass on Friday and get better on the second. One stage to go and then a big push tomorrow."



Fri 16:21 - SS7: Breen

Another terrific time for the Irishman who is knocking on a podium position. Fastest here, 2.2sec up on Neuville. "Not a clean run. I struggled a bit to get the same rhythm. Not too happy but I'm trying. It's pure class out on these stages."




Fri 16:18 - SS7: Mikkelsen

"It was a clean stage. We have another notch to go if we need it."




Fri 16:17 - SS7: Lappi

Third quickest and his car back to full power after his overshoot in SS6. "I think everything is fine. Just snow in the air filter."



Fri 16:14 - SS7: Evans

Fifth quickest, his car missing its rear bumper. "Difficult enough. So slippery off line. Trying to keep in the ruts."



Fri 16:13 - SS7: Neuville

Quickest by 13.7sec. "I'm fighting with the guys behind, trying to do the best in the conditions I have and fight for victory. It's tricky because sometimes I'm making a faster line to the benefit of the guys behind."



Fri 16:11 - SS7: Meeke

"You just take the running order, reverse it and they're the times. That said, I don't have the pace of Thierry Neuville behind. I was cautious on the first stage, after that I've done what I could."



Fri 16:09 - SS7: Latvala

Quickest so far. "More difficult conditions than we have seen here for years."




Fri 16:09 - SS7: Tanak

31sec quicker than Ogier, and eager to apologise for his earlier comments about stage conditions. "I need to say sorry to the organisers about what I said about the ploughing. We are sportsmen, trying to do our best, anyway, I'm sorry."




Fri 16:05 - SS7: Ogier

He completes in 10m57.0s and there's front end damage to his Fiesta. What happened? "Nothing, all good." But your splitter is missing? "It can happen," he says, before shutting the door and driving off.




Fri 16:02 - SS7: Ogier

Ogier has lost time between 2km and 8km. He's dropped about 23sec to Tanak.

 

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