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24-02-19 Reiersen stars on
home WRC2 debut in Umea with JC Raceteknik
Rising Swedish rally star Isak Reiersen delivered the performance of a driver
with far more experience in his home round of the FIA World Rally Championship
at Umea in Sweden (15-18 February), to finish an emphatic eighth in WRC2 and
Driving his new-for-2024 JC Raceteknik-run Skoda Fabia Rally2, 20-year-old
Reiersen took on some of the very best rally drivers in the world in the WRCs
leading support class, WRC2 for his home event.
And, competing in some of the most difficult conditions to greet crews in
the historic winter round of the WRC for as long as many could remember, Reiersen
and co-driver Lucas Karlsson delivered an impeccable performance.
Fourth fastest WRC2 driver through the event-opening shakedown stage, and
13th overall, Reiersen went eighth quickest on the first proper stage, on
Thursday evening in the dark, before repeating the performance with eighth
again on SS2 on Friday morning.
Seventh in SS3 laid out his stall for the rest of the event, and having climbed
the leaderboard from the starting position of #32, on SS5 and SS6 Reiersen
was 13th overall, including the headline Rally1 crews.
The weekend wasnt without drama as the crew battled a wide range of
day and night, snow and ice conditions, along with a snowstorm during the
event, a pair of overshoots at super-slipper junctions and losing time while
having to overtake a car on stage, but overcoming the obstacles in their way,
Reiersen and Karlsson made it to the finish eighth in WRC2 and 13th overall
a fine debut achievement.
Using experience gained at one of the worlds toughest events, Reiersen
and Karlsson will now switch their attention back to the domestic action in
the coming months.
Joel Christoffersson, JC Raceteknik Team Principal:
I am very proud of Iask, and he should be proud of himself. To go into
a class as strong as WRC2, in a round of the World Championship and perform
like he did shows where he is at, but he also exceeded expectations for many
people looking from the outside I am sure. The pace is one thing, but to have
driven with such a mature head in conditions that were so, so challenging,
and caused some of the very best rally drivers on the planet to make big mistakes,
is very satisfying for the whole team. We came into this weekend with no real
pressure, but the result of such a performance is very encouraging for the
future. Never being outside of the top 20 overall positions the whole rally,
and finishing inside the top 15 that is something to remember.
Isak Reiersen (SWE):
It has been a wild ride, thats for sure, but we made it through
the rally. It has been long days and a lot of experience gained, everything
from managing tyres to driving in full snow blizzard where you cant
even have the headlights on because of the snow and only being able to see
about 60 meters in front of the car. The kilometers we have driven over the
weekend has been the same as three Swedish Championship rounds, which would
be half of the SM season. And the result we are happy. P8 in WRC2 is
strong. Almost nobody crashed out which shows how high the level of drivers
is in the class, and we lost only one second per kilometer to Oliver [Solberg,
class winner], which we expected with his experience at this level, and we
have a lot of data to analyse for the future. This is a memory that I will
have with me for the rest of my life. I want to thank everyone involved for
making this possible this weekend has been really, really good for
the future. The team was brilliant throughout the week, and Lucas did a great
job sitting beside me too.
24-02-18 Oliver Solberg
försvarade segern på hemmaplan
För andra året i rad vann Oliver Solberg under söndagen
den svenska VM-tävlingen i rally i Rally2-klassen.
22-åringen var i en klass för sig hela tävlingen på
sin hemmabana i Sverige. 1.19,7 minuter var Oliver Solberg snabbare än
tvåan Sami Pajari från Finland efter 300 kilometers grym körning.
Solberg vann 11 av tävlingens 18 specialsträckor i Rally2-klassen
inklusive den sista. Därmed leder nu Oliver Solberg VM totalt
Att få försvara segern från förra året
ger en väldigt speciell känsla. Det var extra speciellt eftersom
vi också tog flest sträcksegrar av alla i tävlingen. Ett fantastiskt
jobb av min kartläsare och resten av teamet, sa Oliver Solberg.
Duon Solberg och kartläsaren Elliott Edmondson slutade på en stark
femteplats totalt i tävlingen inklusive Rally1-klassen. Finnen
Esapekka Lappi var snabbast genom det svenska vinterlandskapet och slog tvåan
Elfvyn Evans med 29,6 sekunder.
Det var den fjärde segern i karriären i Rally2-klassen för
sonen till förre världsmästaren i rally, Petter Solberg. Förra
årets seger i Sverige var den första. 22-åringen vann sedan
i Finland och Chile förra säsongen. 2020 vann Solberg även
en VM-tävling i sportens tredje nivå i Estland.
Nästa VM-tävling äger rum i Kenya sista helgen i mars.
24-02-18 Lappis long
wait is over with Sweden victory
Lappi breaks record for longest gap between WRC victories, Adrien Fourmaux
claims maiden podium
Esapekka Lappi is a winner again in the FIA World Rally Championship on the
back of a controlled but fine fast-paced display of ice and snow driving aboard
his Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid.
His Rally Sweden victory, alongside co-driver and fellow Finn Janne Ferm,
came six years, six months and 19 days since he won in the WRC for the first
time on Rally Finland in 2017.
The 33-year-old breaks the record for the longest gap between WRC wins, which
stood at five years and 359 days and was jointly held by Shekhar Mehta and
Lappi is the fifth Hyundai-powered driver to win a WRC round, a result that
gives the manufacturer its 29th triumph in the world championship on an event
when Toyota and M-Sport Ford also finished on the podium.
It feels really good, Lappi said. Ive been hunting
for this second victory for quite a while. I would like to say a million things
but probably Ill forget many of them. But many thanks to Cyril [Abiteboul,
Hyundai Motorsport president and team principal], he kept me in the team after
a very bad second half last year. Its quite a massive contrast from
that moment until now. So thanks to the team. And my family as well.
Lappi started Rally Swedens deciding leg of three stages this morning
(Sunday) leading by 1min 06.3sec and with 18 WRC points banked for topping
the order at the end of Saturdays running. While his rivals deployed
full-attack mode, Lappi kept a cool, calm head to reach the finish unscathed
and with his lead intact.
Although it meant his winning margin was trimmed to 29.6sec, victory was all
that mattered for Lappi, who is embarking on a partial campaign for the Hyundai
Shell Mobis World Rally Team in 2024.
Behind Lappi, Toyotas Elfyn Evans snatched second from Adrien Fourmaux
when the Frenchman lost time striking a snowbank on Sundays first test.
But the M-Sport Ford Puma driver didnt let that moment knock him off
his stride as he raced to his maiden WRC podium in third.
Its really, really good for us to be on the podium, after coming
back to Rally1, said Fourmaux. Its been two really hard
years but we never gave up and to be on the podium in Sweden is really special.
Honestly, I have no words, it's just so nice.
Despite sliding his Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 Hybrid into a snowbank at high
speed on SS17, Evans topped the Super Sunday classification to bag seven world
championship points to add to the 13 he scored on Saturday under new rules
for 2024. The Welshman, who also took four points on the Wolf Power Stage
for an event total of 24, is now three points adrift of Thierry Neuville in
the race to win the 2024 WRC title.
But he could have been two points behind Neuville had he not slid into another
snowbank nearing the finish of the Wolf Power Stage, a moment that denied
him the fastest time and five bonus points by 0.039sec.
We lost it all in the last couple of corners not so good,
Evans said. Anyway, overall I guess we can be relatively happy with
this result after what happened on Friday, but there are still areas to work
Neuville, the winner of Rallye Monte-Carlo last month, fought back from fuel
pressure issues and a few set-up gripes to finish fourth, but with the rear
of his Hyundai sporting significant cosmetic damage following a heavy Wolf
Power Stage landing. While the Belgians title lead has been cut from
six to three points, his efforts helped Hyundai draw level with Toyota at
the top of the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers after two rounds.
Oliver Solberg won WRC2 in Sweden for the second year running in fifth followed
by category rivals Sami Pajari, Georg Linnamäe, Roope Korhonen and Mikko
Heikkilä. Italys Lorenzo Bertelli, making his second WRC start
in as many years in a Toyota GR Yaris Rally 1, rounded out the top 10.
World champion Kalle Rovanperä claimed five points by setting the pace
through the rally-deciding Wolf Power
Stage following his Saturday morning restart. Ott Tänak, who also crashed
out on Friday, scored six points via the Super Sunday classification and his
Wolf Power Stage result.
Early rally leader Takamoto Katsutas bid to salvage championship points
following his off on Saturdays first stage suffered a setback when he
spun at high-speed nearing the finish of SS17. The Japanese Toyota driver
came away with three points.
Rally1 rookie Grégoire Munster achieved his goal of reaching the finish
in the second M-Sport Ford World Rally Team Puma following myriad mishaps
during what was a learning-first mission by the Luxembourg youngster.
The World Rally Championship heads to Africa next for Safari Rally Kenya,
round three of the season, from 27 - 31 March.
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24-02-18 Mille Johansson tog
sensationell VM-seger i Rally Sweden
18-årige Mille Johansson från Katrineholm gjorde i helgen debut
i Rally-VM när han körde hemmatävlingen Rally Sweden i Umeå.
Efter en succéartad insats från Mille och kartläsaren Johan
Grönvall från Arvika vann dom Junior-VM med nästan en minuts
Mille och Johan startade helgen starkt genom att vara absolut snabbast på
träningen inför tävlingen. Själva rallyt fick en tuffare
start när dom snurrade två gånger på tre sträckor
och tappade mycket tid. Men från fredagsförmiddagen var dom snabbast
på nästan alla sträckor och vann tävlingen.
Det känns helt overkligt. Jag trodde aldrig att detta skulle vara
möjligt. Hela helgen har vart fantastisk. Vi har gjort två misstag,
men kört ikapp den förlorade tiden. Allt känns fantastiskt
just nu, säger Mille Johansson efter målgång.
Mille, som fyller 19 år senare i år, har gjort en målmedveten
satsning mot Rally-VM under en längre tid. Starten i Junior-VM var menad
för att få erfarenhet inför framtiden och visa upp sig på
hemmaplan. Men i det största startfältet i Junior WRC i modern tid,
19 startande, så imponerade Mille och Johan och vann tävlingen
där alla juniorer kör i identiska fyrhjulsdrivna Ford Fiesta Rally3.
Det var riktigt jobbigt inför sista sträckan. Jag kände
så många känslor. Men nu är vi segrare, hjärtat
bara pumpar, säger Mille.
24-02-17 Lappi on cusp of Swedish
Esapekka Lappi builds commanding Saturday lead as closest challenger Takamoto
Katsuta crashes out
Esapekka Lappi lapped up the praise and bagged the points with a clean run
through Rally Swedens second leg today (Saturday) as he closes in on
his first FIA World Rally Championship victory in six years.
By completing leg two in front, the Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid driver
has provisionally scored 18 WRC points, which will be added to his season
tally providing he reaches the rally finish on Sunday afternoon under new
rules for 2024.
Starting Saturdays action leading the ice and snow event by 3.2sec
following Fridays drama-packed first leg, Lappi came under early pressure
when Takamoto Katsuta slashed his advantage to 0.9sec with a determined
charge through the day-opening 15.65km of Vännäs.
But Lappi was left in the clear when Katsuta plunged his Toyota GR Yaris
Rally1 Hybrid into a snowbank 3.4km from the start of SS10 while pressing
his Finnish rival for top spot.
Despite his comfortable margin, which stood at 1min 31.6sec after SS10,
Lappi admitted that finding the balance between attacking and holding his
lead was far from easy. Like his fellow drivers, Lappi also had to make
preserving his tyre studs on increasingly damaged roads a key focus. But
the one-time WRC event winner completed Saturdays running without
incident and will take a lead of 1min 06.3sec into Sundays deciding
Its not been too bad, Lappi said of his Saturday efforts.
Ive been trying to save the tyres the whole afternoon and still
be smart in terms of the pace. It is [hard to measure the pace], Im
not so used to it so its not the easiest job in the world. But its
all under control.
While Lappi heads into Sunday with his sights fixed on victory, Katsuta
will be hoping to avoid leaving Sweden empty handed. As well as restoring
his pride, the Japanese drivers target on Sunday are the seven points
up for grabs for topping leg threes classification, plus the five
points on offer for the Wolf Power Stage fastest time.
Of his Saturday morning exit, a dejected Katsuta said: We did an okay
time on the first one to gain the time and a much closer gap between me
and EP [Lappi]. I wanted to continue pushing, maybe even more to gain more
time but obviously I was trying very hard, and [in] one corner I carried
a bit too much speed and snapped the rear and hit the snowbank. We were
stuck and couldnt get out.
On a day that produced five stage winners from the seven scheduled stages
and also marked M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilsons 68th birthday, the teams
Adrien Fourmaux has excelled aboard his Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid.
After demoting WRC2 leader Oliver Solberg in the battle for third on SS9,
Fourmaux moved into second when Katsuta stopped on the next stage. The Frenchman
further underlined his potential by landing his fourth WRC career stage
win on SS11 to cement second place in the overall order, which he maintained
through the afternoon to land 15 interim points. That was despite a scare
in the closing kilometres of SS15 when he charged a snowbank after being
distracted by his team-mate Grégoire Munsters stricken Puma.
Ive seen the video [of Munster] and I thought it was the corner
before, Fourmaux said. When I realised they were there it was
too late. What a good day, a rollercoaster, up and down, but Im happy,
Having been hampered by opening the road for much of Friday afternoon, Elfyn
Evans missed out on winning SS9 by 0.3sec before his third-fastest time
on SS10 elevated him onto the final step of the provisional podium, 11.4sec
behind Fourmaux. But after the Toyota driver scooped a snowbank on
the inside of a corner and lost loads of power as a result,
he headed back to midday service 16.2sec behind the flying Frenchman. With
one eye on tyre stud retention through stages 12-15, the Welshman is 16.7sec
down on Fourmaux in third.
Completing Fridays running in 11th overall due to fuel pressure problems
costing him 40 seconds in penalties, Thierry Neuville overtook Solberg for
fourth on SS12 before setting the fastest time on SS13 during an afternoon
spent perfecting the set-up of his Hyundai i20 N Rally1 Hybrid. He was fastest
on the days final three stages.
Behind fifth-placed WRC2 leader Oliver Solberg, Sami Pajari took second
in WRC2 and sixth overall when Georg Linnamäe spun his Toyota GR Yaris
Rally2 nearing the finish of SS11. The Estonian slipped to fourth in class
following his moment but demoted WRC3 champion Roope Korhonen on SS14 before
closing to within 0.2sec of Pajari on SS15. Mikko Heikkilä, who recovered
from a spin on SS15, and Lauri Joona complete the top 10.
Hyundais Ott Tänak and Toyotas world champion Kalle Rovanperä
restarted on Saturday morning after they crashed on Friday. Tänak won
SS9 from first on the road, 1.2sec faster than Rovanperä. The Finn
set the pace on SS10, going 2.8sec quicker than Tänak, who complained
of a lack of visibility in a forest section. The duo found the road surface
on the repeated stages a particular handful during the afternoon loop, with
Rovanperä reporting a brake issue at the completion of SS14.
Sundays deciding leg begins with back-to-back visits to the significantly
altered Västervik test ahead of the Wolf Power Stage the same
layout as the Umeå stage from Saturday evening from 12:15 local
A separate classification for the Sunday stages awards points to the top
seven (7-6-5-4-3-2-1). The fastest five drivers on the Wolf Power Stage
also score points (5-4-3-2-1).
Leading positions after Saturday:
1. E Lappi / J Ferm FIN Hyundai i20 N 2h 03m 52s
2. A Fourmaux / A Coria FRA Ford Puma +1m 06.3s
3. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota GR Yaris +1m 23.0s
4. T Neuville / M Wydaeghe BEL Hyundai i20 N +2m 22.1s
5. O Solberg / E Edmonson SWE / GBR koda Fabia RS Rally2 +4m 01.1s
6. S Pajari / E Mälkönen FIN Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 +5m 15.1s
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24-02-16 Lappi leads Sweden
WRC thriller on Friday night
Finn Lappi takes control in heavy snow as local hero Oliver Solberg stuns
Esapekka Lappi made it through an action-packed and challenge-filled opening
leg of Rally Sweden leading round two of the FIA World Rally Championship
by a slender 3.2sec.
Lappi, on his first 2024 start aboard the third factory Hyundai i20 N Rally1
Hybrid, hit back from an off-form run through SS1 on Thursday evening to complete
Friday mornings loop of three stages trailing Toyota GR Yaris Rally1
Hybrid-driving Takamoto Katsuta by 11.4sec.
But he wasted no time in his bid to catch his Japanese rival during the afternoon
by taking 6.1sec out of Katsutas lead on SS5 the rerun of #42
Brattby to close the gap to first place to 5.3sec.
With the snowfall intensifying, Lappi outpaced Katsuta again on SS6, this
time by 5.0sec, and snatched the rally lead following his table-topping run
For sure we need to take the confidence from today and start to concentrate
for the rest of the rally, Lappi said after winning SS8. I used
the road position advantage clearly in the afternoon. Okay, for sure in the
morning as well, but I was not too slow against Kalle [Rovanperä] in
the beginning so Im fairly satisfied with that.
Behind the charging Katsuta, Adrien Fourmaux was on course to complete leg
one on the provisional podium for the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team on the
back of a fine drive. But the Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid-driving Frenchman was
powerless to prevent WRC2 leader Oliver Solberg moving ahead in the afternoon
snow, despite the power deficit the Swede faced in his Rally2-specification
Third place in a Rally2 [car] is incredible and in my home rally its
a bit of a dream and Im very happy, Solberg said of his stunning
performance, which was witnessed by Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of
Värmland and Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.
While the heavy snow created a picture-perfect winter wonderland, it made
the task for the drivers particularly those running at the head of
the pack even harder.
Thierry Neuville, the world championship leader after winning the Rallye Monte-Carlo
season opener last month, was 40.5sec off the pace in fifth position, two
places behind Elfyn Evans, following the morning loop, having struggled for
grip opening the road and for visibility in the early morning fog.
Normally a fuel pressure issue would be the stuff of nightmares for a rally
driver, but after completing the snow-heavy SS5 1min 15.5sec behind leader
Katsuta, the fault the Hyundai driver reported prior to SS6 provided much
needed, albeit unusual, salvation for the Belgian, as he started the stage
out of order behind Evans.
Although Neuville was a mere 3.7sec quicker than Evans on SS6, he was more
than 20sec faster than the Toyota driver on SS7 after Evans charged a snowbank
and was further delayed by a misting windscreen.
I guess the spirit of competition has gone out of the window,
Evans said. The difference between being first and second on-the-road
is huge. I'm not really sure whats been going on this afternoon. I can't
even see from here to the sign in front of me, and we're going so fast. It's
a bit bonkers, but we're [still] here.
The engine was not running so we had to check it, Neuville said
of his scare prior to SS6. Elfyn was at the refuel earlier when our
car didn't fire up, so he should know.
In the stage its not a problem. I could have gone a little bit
faster at the end [of SS7], but it's very easy to go off.
Neuvilles earlier delay, which incurred a 40-second penalty, means hes
outside the top 10 after eight stages with Evans fifth behind Fourmaux.
Georg Linnamäe, who sensationally claimed his maiden outright WRC stage
win on SS5, is sixth in Toyotas new-for-2024 GR Yaris Rally2. Linnamäes
WRC2 rivals Sami Pajari, Roope Korhonen, Mikko Heikkilä, and Lauri Joona
complete the top 10.
Rovanperä rapid but out of luck on return
After topping the order by 1.4sec through the Umeå Sprint super special
stage on Thursday, returning world champion Kalle Rovanperä capitalised
on more favourable stage conditions running seventh on the road on Friday
Toyota Gazoo Racing WRTs flying Finn was able to extend his lead by
winning Fridays first test, #42 Brattby, renamed in memory of Craig
Breen, who was fastest on both runs of the 10.76km stage aboard his number
42 Hyundai in 2023.
Beating Lappi by 3.2sec, Rovanperäs advantage over Takamoto Katsuta
stood at 4.9sec after SS2 as a result.
Although Rovanperä lost out to his compatriot Lappi on SS3 following
what he described as a horrible, embarrassing drive, the double
WRC title winner was a mere 1.2sec slower than Lappi, which allowed him to
extend his margin over Katsuta to 5.7sec.
But with Rovanperä forced to limp through SS4 with damage to the rear
of his Yaris following an off, Katsuta took the stage win 0.7sec quicker
than Evans to lead Lappi by 11.4sec at the completion of a dramatic
morning loop in the Swedish ice and snow.
Ott Tänak was third when he spun and damaged the front-end of his Hyundai
hitting a snowbank 18.5km into SS4.
Gre´goire Munster continued his Rally1 initiation with his learning-first
approach driving a Ford Puma Rally1 Hybrid. However, the Luxembourg driver
dropped four minutes with tyre damage on SS4 and reported the day had been
crazy at the finish of SS8.
The double-use Vännäs, Sarsjöliden and Bygdsiljum stages form
Saturdays route, which concludes with the first try of the Umeå
test, the venue for Sundays Wolf Power Stage. SS9, Vännäs,
is due to get under way at 07:45 local time.
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24-02-15 Svenska Rallyt
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SVENSKA RALLYT 2024 SÅ SÄNDER SVT:
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