Superspecial Stage 15 in Sweden - notes and quotes

Superspecial Stage 15 in Sweden - notes and quotes

17.02.2018: WRC RALLYES 2018 SWEDEN RALLY Saturday, February 17th, 2018 Top 15 overall after Saturday final stage


WRC RALLYES 2018
SWEDEN RALLY
Saturday, February 17th, 2018



Top 15 overall after Saturday final stage



1.     BEL T. NEUVILLE    
2.     IRL C. BREEN     +19.7
3.     NOR A. MIKKELSEN     +31.3
4.     NZL H. PADDON     +39.9
5.     NOR M. OSTBERG     +56.0
6.     FIN E. LAPPI     +1:05.3
7.     FIN J. LATVALA     +1:59.7
8.     FIN T. SUNINEN     +2:18.0
9.     EST O. TÄNAK     +3:40.3
10.     FRA S. OGIER     +4:22.1
11.     GBR E. EVANS     +4:50.1
12.     JPN T. KATSUTA     +7:36.7
13.     SWE P. TIDEMAND     +7:50.3
14.     NOR O. VEIBY     +8:01.5
15.     SWE M. ADIELSSON     +9:12.6


Sat 18:22 - Sweden WRC2 after SS15

1.Katsuta 2h28m27.8s, 2.Tidemand +13.6s, 3.Veiby +24.8s, 4.Adielsson +1m35.9s, 5.Tuohino +1m57.4s





Sat 18:17 - SS15: Huttunen vs Veiby


Huttunen wins this heat. "Not my day today," he says. Veiby says, "For sure a challenging day but I've tried my best. I have a cracked brake disc, so I had to be a bit careful here."



Sat 18:15 - SS15: Tidemand vs Katsuta


WRC 2 leader Katsuta is quickest. He says: "Now we are leading but tomorrow we have long stages and the rally is not over yet. A great day today, no issues. We need to continue like this." Tidemand says: "A good stage but to try and catch the guys on the Pirelli tyres here is not easy - I do my best."




Sat 18:11 - SS15: Mikkelsen vs Neuville

Neuville wins the heat. His rally lead over Breen now 19.7sec. "We have quite a good lead now. A bit steady in here, I remember what happened here last year and it wasn't going to happen again." Mikkelsen tales four-tenths out of the gap to Breen. It now stands at 11.6s. "Maybe too much time to catch but for sure it's possible. Let's take another look after the next stage."




Sat 18:06 - SS15: Breen vs Paddon


Goes Breen's way by six-tenths. "We were hoping for a bit more today, but this is all we can do for the moment," says Paddon. Breen says. "We still have one more stage to go today, but for now I think we made the right choice with just one spare tyre. Today has been really nice and enjoyable. It would be nice for this to become normal."




Sat 18:01 - SS15: Ostberg vs Suninen


Ostberg wins the heat by 2.4sec, in the second fastest time so far. "Not so bad. This stage is mainly about not wasting time. A decent run, quite enjoyable." Suninen says: "It was not my favourite one. Not the best confidence. We need to improve tomorrow."




Sat 17:56 - SS15: Lappi vs Latvala


Latvala wins a close heat by six-tenths. "The car is okay when the line is wider but in the ruts the car is horrible. We will change the differential tonight, we have to do it." Lappi says: "It's been a quite good day. Quite a stable performance."




Sat 17:52 - SS15: Tanak vs Evans


Tanak wins and goes fastest so far. "Very different from Thursday, big ruts and slippery. Just a small stage," he says. Evans says: "The surface is really slushy - no problem."


Sat 17:48 - SS15: Ogier vs Solberg


A comfortable win for Ogier. "Our tyres were okay, but there has been snow in here since Thursday, so a bit more loose. We are used to it now," says Seb.




Sat 17:41 - Meeke update


His retirement was related to a turbo problem. His car is back in service and the team is investigating whether Kris can restart on Sunday.



Sat 17:37 - Stage info: SS15

SSS Karlstad 2, 1.90km. Sweeping bends, a spectacular jump and a great atmosphere are the hallmarks of Karlstad’s horse trotting track. Drivers tackle two laps of the ice-based roads in head-to-head duels.





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