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Rally Sweden - Day 3
Posted by: newsla on Feb 09, 2014 - 06:11 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Rally Sweden - Day 3

Despite one stage being cancelled, the final leg was the longest of the rally, with seven timed stages over a total of 130.84km. After Kris Meeke lost over 7 minutes this morning, Sébastien Ogier focussed his attention on Henning Solberg. Having cut the Norwegian’s advantage to 27.6s at the day’s halfway stage, he then moved ahead on Vargåsen, the day’s penultimate test.


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However, the race wasn’t over yet: only a tenth separated Ogier and Solberg ahead of the Power Stage! Fully focussed, Seb maintained his position on the final stage, ending the rally 17.6s ahead of his rival.

Somewhat hampered by running second on the Power Stage, Sébastien Ogier finished outside the top three and therefore missed out on the bonus points. He came away from Rally Sweden with a total of 8 points. Despite the mistake made on Friday morning, overall, it has been a positive weekend given the impeccable reliability of the Polo R WRC and the potential shown by the crew. In fact, Ogier and Ingrassia won 10 out of the 23 stages contested.

In addition to Sébastien Ogier’s sixth place, Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen secured a one-two finish for the Polo R WRC. The Volkswagen Motorsport works teams therefore still leads the Manufacturers’ championship with a total of 72 points, 16 more than the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team. After the first two rounds of the season, Ogier holds second place in the Drivers’ championship, 5 points behind Latvala.

“Sixth place is the conciliation prize for us. Sure, Julien and I would love to have repeated the success of last year, but after my mistake on Friday, eight points are the best we could have hoped for,” commented Sébastien Ogier. “We made a clean run of it on the final day, despite the incredibly slippery conditions. Also, by setting 10 fastest times here we’ve demonstrated that we will be a force to be reckoned with again next year, since Rally Sweden is one of my absolutely favourite events in the WRC calendar.”

“Congratulations to Jari-Matti and Miikka, who put in a fantastic performance, just as Andreas and Mikko did. The team has another reason to celebrate and in the World Championship it is always exciting.”

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