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Rally Sweden - Shakedown
Posted by: newsla on Feb 05, 2014 - 04:15 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rally Sweden - Shakedown


Sébastien Ogier looks after his tyres in the shakedown

The Rally Sweden shakedown was held this morning in Råda on a 4.3km-long section located close to the Hagfors service park. Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia made only limited use of today’s shakedown, held on the same stage as last year, preferring instead to save their studded tyres for the rally proper.

 

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At 8 o’clock this morning, the Volkswagen crew was the first out on the road for this final session of pre-rally testing. However, with temperatures close to 0°C, the roads were covered with gravel, potentially damaging for the studs of their tyres. Conditions prevented them from taking full advantage of the session: the quota of 28 tyres allocated to the crews for the entire rally, including the shakedown, led them to look after their tyres.

The reigning world champions completed the four mandatory runs over the course of the morning, setting their fastest time (2:03.1) on the first attempt. However, given the wide variety of strategies adopted by the crews, the standings for the morning provided few clues about the real pecking order.

Although he was unable to draw any conclusions from the shakedown, Sébastien Ogier is now looking forward to the real start of the race. As leader of the world championship, he will be the first on the road but isn’t necessarily too bothered by the lack of snow. “Given the conditions, I won’t be at as much of a disadvantage as I would be on fresh snow, provided the weather doesn’t change,” emphasised the Polo R WRC driver.

This evening, all eyes will be on Karlstad. The ceremonial start is due to be held at 8pm, immediately followed by the Super Special Stage traditionally organised in the town to kick off proceedings. Shortly before 9pm, Sébastien Ogier will take on Robert Kubica in a head-to-head race around the 1.90km circuit on the racecourse.

On Thursday, after the morning service period and a long road section, the action resumes at 10.54am. The first full day of racing features six stages, over a total distance of 62.02km. In addition to the Torsby test, the competitors will contest the Kirkener and Finnskogen stages, the only ones to be held over the border in Norway.


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