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    Stege winners of the first 4 stages

    Super Special Stage - Latvala
    SS2 Neuvillle
    SS3 Neuville
    SS4 Latvala

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    Overall positions after 4 stages

    1/ Latvala
    2/ Neuville +3.9
    3/ Meeke +18.8
    4/ Ogier +19.1
    5/ Tanak +20.0
    6/ Osteberg +20.9
    7/ Sordo +36.0
    8/ Breen +36.9
    9/ Hanninen +39.4
    10 Paddon +41.1

    PS - Evans hit rock, resulting in puncture on stage 4
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    After 8 stages:-

    Stage winner

    SS5 - Neuville

    SS6 - Neuville

    SS7 - Neuville

    SS8 - Tanak

    Overall standings

    1/ Neuville

    2/ Latvala +28.1

    3/ Tanak +49.7

    4/ Meeke +51.8

    5/ Ogier +55.7

    6/ Paddon +1:17.8

    7/ Sordo +1:40.3

    8/ Breen +1:54.3

    9/ Evans +3:01.5

    10/ Lefebvre +3:23.6
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    The Sewdish rally is being run in unusually low snow conditions. The traditional snow banks on the side of the roads are not there, which the leading drivers normally "lean on" with the outside rear corner of the car. The snow banks also soften the result of any offs.

    Hanninen (Toyota) had his second off (tree) in as many rallies. The damage to radiator prevented continuing the stage.

    Ogier has complained about the high speed of the stages in use. Neuville drive two stages at an average speed of aver 125 kmh. It appears the new cars are much faster than last years cars. The high speeds and missing snow banks seem to be the grounds for Ogiers safety concerns. There is potential for one of the snow stages tomorrow to reach an average speed of 140 kmh.

    It also seems Ogier is struggling as he is in fifth place after eight stages.

    Latvala lost some time on SS7 due to some minor mistakes, that he attributed to over-driving.
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    Result of Hanninen oops

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    With young Lappi (2016 WRC2 champion) signed up for Toyota and eagerly waiting for the third Yaris to become available from April, Hanninen wont want to repeat these mistakes too many more times or he might be waiting for the third car
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    After stage 11

    Stage winners

    SS9 - Tanak

    SS10 - Tanak

    SS11 - Neuville


    Overall position

    1/ Neuville

    2/ Latvala +32.8

    3/ Tanak +42.0

    4/ Ogier +56.2

    5/ Meeke +1:10.3

    6/ Sordo +1:57.1

    7/ Breen +2:26.1

    8/ Evans +3:47.1

    9/ Lefebvre +5.02

    10/ Paddon +5:12.4


    SS12 has been cancelled for safety reasons. It was considered too fast, with Tanak averaging 137.8 kmh on the first run of the stage.

    Neuville has slightly increased his lead. Ogier and Tanak have closed the margin to second place Latvala.

    At present Tanak is outpacing his team mate (Ogier) in the new Fords

    Latvala has admitted to making a mistake of carrying two spare tyres, adding too much weight to the rear of the car.
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    The final results for WRC Sweden are:-

    1/ Latvala

    2/ Tanak - +29.2

    3/ Ogier +59.5

    4/ Sordo +2:11.5

    5/ Breen +2:51.2

    6/ Evans +5.26.6

    7/ Paddon +5:31.2

    8/ Lefebvre

    9/ Tidemand - Winner of the WRC2 class

    10/ Suninen - Second in the WRC2 class


    Stage winners

    SS12 - Cancelled

    SS13 - Latvala

    SS14 - Neuville

    SS15 - Sordo

    SS16 - Latvala

    SS17 - Latvala

    SS18 - Latvala

    Latvala took the lead on SS15 after Neuville broke the steering in his car in a slow speed incident

    - Hyundai WRC driver Neuville explains Rally Sweden accident - WRC - Autosport

    He did the same in Monaco, had an accident whilst in the lead.

    Latvala extended his lead from 3.8 seconds at the end of SS15 (from Tanak) to 10.9 seconds, by end of SS17 Latvala had extended this lead to 20 seconds. Latvala's winning margin was 29.2 seconds

    Ogier backed off after a spin late in the day and he saw that any potential opportunity had been lost

    That is the first win for the new Toyota team after a seconds place in Monaco. Early indications are positive for the new team. It will be interesting to see how they fare on gravel and tar top.
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    Neuville's accident on powerstage.

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    Oh no. Doing a Latvala on the powerstage! He must be kicking himself. Was there any reason Ogier was so off his own pace? Or was beaten fair and square?

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    The Ss times show that he lost mearly a minute to the leader over the first 8 stages, not sure why, but he was complaining of the high speeds getting in the dangerous range, so not sure if he had mojo problems or the car wasnt right. On the last day he had a spin, after which he said he took it easy because the opportunity was lost. Nothing wrong with third place in the context of the championship.

    Maybe Latvala has managed to shake his bad luck and find his mojo, but looks like the bad choo choo has found Neuville
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    no indeed there is nothing wrong with the 3rd - unless you are ogier of course!
    i see that ogier's margins to latvala and tanak didnt improve at all from ss8 to ss11, and he dropped back by the final results. granted he slowed down due to the spin, but he made a mistake (which is so rare for him), trying to catch tanak late in the rally, when he was only 10s behind at ss8. that in itself is quite interesting in the context of his overwhelming dominance the last 4 years.

    jeez you have to feel sorry for neuville. whatever he hit (something quite solid i seems...) he didnt hit it very hard.

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    Neuville turned in too early and hit a tyre or whatevr was marking the corner. I believe he hit it with the front wheel so caused some damage.

    It is interesting that Tanak beat Ogier, both being team mates. Tanak, however is Estonian so has far more snow experience. Ogier has been fast in Sweden before, but the Scandinavian are hard to beat there, as Latvala's four wins there demonstrates. I expect he will be the man to beat on other surfaces.
    Last edited by FIVEDOOR; 13th February 2017 at 11:58 PM. Reason: I had Tanak being from Latvia, corrected to Estonia
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