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Rally Mexico: Day 3

By |2020-03-15T05:29:00+00:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: news,motorsports wrc|

Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia have secured their first victory for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team with a record-equalling sixth Rally Mexico triumph: also the first win on the gruelling gravel event for the Toyota Yaris WRC.

The finish of the event was brought forward to Saturday evening, a decision taken in the face of fast-changing travel restrictions connected with the global COVID-19 virus outbreak to ensure safe and timely travel home for officials, competitors and team personnel.

In his third start with Toyota – and first on gravel – Ogier dominated proceedings after taking the lead on Friday’s second stage. He led by 13.2 seconds coming into Saturday, and immediately extended that advantage with a stunning stage win on SS13 Guanajuatito. His final winning margin was 27.8 seconds.

With his sixth Mexico win in eight years – behind the wheel of four different cars – Ogier moves into the lead of the championship ahead of team-mate Elfyn Evans, who finished a strong fourth with co-driver Scott Martin after running first on the loose gravel roads on Friday.

Kalle Rovanperä continued the impressive start to his top-flight WRC career in fifth place: the 19-year-old’s third top-five finish in as many rallies, together with Jonne Halttunen. Rovanperä was within a few seconds of a podium place coming into Saturday, but was disadvantaged by running early in the road order.

With its all-new driver line-up having taken two wins in its first three events, Toyota has further increased its lead in the manufacturers’ championship to 21 points.

 

Quotes:

Akio Toyoda (Team Chairman)

“We finally won Rally Mexico, in which we have faced some difficulties since we came back to the WRC. Congratulations and thank you, Sebastien and Julien!

The first two years in Mexico, we could not fight during the rally due to overheating. But our engineers have put a lot of effort into improve the cooling system and finally we reached the top of the podium. I also thank their fighting spirits for the Kaizen.

I heard the organizer and local people planned well and implement measures to hold this rally under safe conditions. I want to convey my appreciation to them for their work hard in helping the fans to enjoy the event. I also want to share my appreciation to the drivers for trying to entertain the fans as much as possible in such circumstances.

Although the next round, Rally Argentina, is postponed, I really hope the day that fans can watch the Yaris WRC back on the stages comes as soon as possible.”

Kaj Lindström (Sporting Director)

“We are very happy with this result. I’m very pleased first of all that Seb and Julien have taken their first victory with us, and also that the team has taken its first victory in Mexico. We struggled when we first came here in 2017, but we have been learning from our mistakes and now we have three cars in the top five. Elfyn did a great job first on the road to do a clean run, and Kalle has also done incredibly well on one of the most difficult rallies for a rookie. In these circumstances we do have some mixed feelings. It’s a shame to end the rally a day early, but with the situation in the world at the moment, we have to be sure we can get our team members home to their families.”

Sébastien Ogier (Driver car 17)

“It’s been a good weekend. We had a good feeling straight from the start and we took our chance to take the lead on Friday morning. Today we had a better starting position and we pushed straight away and increased the gap, and then we tried to control it until the end. It’s a strange victory and it’s hard to celebrate in these circumstances. But thank you to the team, they’ve done a fantastic job this weekend. The car has been faultless all weekend. It’s been really reliable and fast, and these are good points for the championship.”

Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33)

“It’s not been an easy weekend for us, but I felt like we drove pretty well. This morning I think we maximised everything we could, but with the road positions it didn’t work out. This afternoon we made a few little errors and we picked up some little issues along the way, so we weren’t able to challenge. So I’m a little bit disappointed in one way, but at the same time, fourth place after opening the road on the first day in Mexico is not so bad. All three Yaris WRCs are here at the finish, so it’s a testament to the team and the strength of the car.”

Kalle Rovanperä (Driver car 69)

“I’m quite happy overall. It was not the best weekend, but we had a few unlucky moments, and it was nice to see that when we tried to push, we had a good pace. It’s not so easy to have good speed on the first time here, so I can be happy. Today was mostly sweeping the road, and so we went for a safe pace just to keep our position while also learning about the road cleaning. It’s been a really good beginning to the season for me: It’s nice to have had clean rallies without any big mistakes and some proper pace sometimes.”

 

PROVISIONAL FINAL CLASSIFICATION, RALLY MEXICO

1 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) 2h47m47.6s

2 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +27.8s

3 Teemu Suninen/Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +37.9s

4 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m13.4s

5 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2m20.5s

6 Pontus Tidemand/Patrik Barth (Škoda Fabia R5) +10m29.3s

7 Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (Hyundai i20 R5) +12m27.0s

8 Marco Bulacia/Giovanni Bernacchini (Citroën C3 R5) +13m37.5s

9 Gus Greensmith/Elliott Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC) +13m56.5s

10 Ole Christian Veiby/Jonas Andersson (Hyundai i20 R5) +15m32.2s

(Results as of 20:30 on Saturday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com)

 

What's next?

With Rally Argentina having been postponed due to measures regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the next event on the WRC schedule is the Rally de Portugal on May 21-24.

 

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Rally Mexico: Day 2

By |2020-03-14T05:36:00+00:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: news,motorsports wrc|

Sébastien Ogier leads Rally Mexico following a strong first full day of competition for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team. A trouble-free day for the three Toyota Yaris WRC drivers on the demanding gravel stages was completed with Elfyn Evans in third and Kalle Rovanperä fifth.

Following two short street stages in Guanajuato on Thursday night, Ogier – targeting his sixth Rally Mexico victory – moved up into second position on the opening gravel test, El Chocolate. He then claimed the lead with the fastest time in SS4 Ortega. A consistent day thereafter, as well as two further stage wins on the Autodromo super special, increased his and co-driver Julien Ingrassia’s advantage to 13.2 seconds.

As championship leader for the first time in his career, Evans was faced with the challenge of running first on the road and sweeping the loose gravel for those behind. Seventh after the morning’s first stage, he climbed to third by the end of the day, taking the place by 0.2s in the León street stage.

All three cars ran reliably throughout the day in the tough conditions posed by the altitude and high temperatures. The team’s rookie driver Rovanperä suffered a damaged tyre in SS3 and took a cautious approach to complete the morning loop, but showed impressive progress in the afternoon, winning the León street test and finishing the day in fifth overall.

 

Quotes:

Kaj Lindström (Sporting Director)

“It’s been a trouble-free day for us, which is a very pleasant situation to have in this rally. All three of our drivers are doing a very good job again. Seb had a great day with no drama, he’s been clean and that’s been key. Elfyn has done really well too, because it’s not easy to run first on the road here and he is still very much in the fight. Kalle continues to surprise me and everyone else as well: he’s getting used to everything very quickly and it’s just great to see. I hope we can keep going this way tomorrow.”

Sébastien Ogier (Driver car 17)

“It’s been a good day, I’m very pleased to be in the lead tonight. This morning the times were not bad but the confidence was not at the maximum. I was still trying to get comfortable, but I made some adjustments to the setup and having some more miles in the car on this surface helped me to feel much better in the afternoon. Tomorrow will be another long day. We will have the best starting position, so we have to try to make the most out of it.”

Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33)

“It’s been a pretty difficult day opening the road, as we knew it would be. But overall, it’s not been bad. The car was working generally very well. Both El Chocolate stages were the challenging stages to find a good feeling, but that was probably down to the road condition as the surface was very loose. In other places it went better than expected. We’ll just keep pushing as hard as we can and see what’s possible.”

Kalle Rovanperä (Driver car 69)

“It was getting better all the time today and I’m building the confidence up. It’s nice to see that I’m learning the car quite quickly. There is still some work to do, but it was a nice day. I don’t know where I got the slow puncture on the first stage this morning, but it can happen. After that I was a bit more cautious for the rest of the morning loop because we didn’t have any spare tyres, but on the second loop I tried to be a bit cleaner and faster and it went well.”

 

End of day two (Friday):

1 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) 1h23m09.2s

2 Teemu Suninen/Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +13.2s

3 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +33.2s

4 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +33.4s

5 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +35.7s

6 Gus Greensmith/Elliott Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m16.8s

7 Pontus Tidemand/Patrik Barth (Škoda Fabia R5) +4m16.7s

8 Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (Hyundai i20 R5) +5m07.8s

9 Marco Bulacia/Giovanni Bernacchini (Citroën C3 R5) +5m54.3s

10 Emilio Fernández/Ruben Garcia (Škoda Fabia R5) +8m39.8s

(Results as of 21:30 on Friday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com)

 

What's next?

Saturday features another loop of three stages run twice in the mountains around León: Guanajuatito, Alfaro and Derramadero. The day ends with another two runs of the Autodromo stage, plus a different street stage adjacent to the service park.

 

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Rally Mexico: Day 1

By |2020-03-13T07:34:06+00:00March 13th, 2020|Categories: news,motorsports wrc|

Rally Mexico got underway tonight with two stages through the spectacular streets and tunnels of Guanajuato. The team’s championship leader Elfyn Evans was second quickest on both passes to sit second overall overnight, with team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä in sixth and eighth respectively.

This morning, the drivers took part in the pre-event shakedown, giving them the chance to sample their cars in conditions similar to those they will face during the rally. Evans posted the quickest time, with his team-mates also featuring strongly in the standings: Ogier was third and Rovanperä was fourth.

The popular Guanajuato stage was run twice to kick-start this year’s rally, with all three Toyota Yaris WRC drivers making it cleanly through the tricky 1.12-kilometre route. Only four seconds separate Rovanperä in eighth from the rally lead.

 

Quotes:

Kaj Lindström (Sporting Director)

“It’s good to have all the cars cleanly through these first two stages tonight without any problems, ready for the real challenge to start tomorrow. Shakedown this morning was good for us, the drivers were happy with the car and with the setup. It will be a new situation for Elfyn to be the first car on the road on a Friday, so it was good for him to see in shakedown this morning that he can still set good times.”

Sébastien Ogier (Driver car 17)

“It’s always special to be in Guanajuato for the start of this rally and to see the atmosphere there. My feeling this morning was not so good, with the whole situation in the world at the moment, but now I have to get that off my mind and focus on the rally. The car feels good and we have some good feelings, so it should be OK.”

Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33)

“It’s always an incredible atmosphere to start this event – there’s no crowd like it. We perhaps don’t get to fully enjoy the ceremony because we have to go straight into two stages, but it’s still a great experience. It was an OK start for me, being second quickest on both stages. In shakedown I had a good feeling from the very first run. The car felt pretty good, so overall I’m happy. It’s a very long and tough event so we have to try and give our best effort and try and keep out of trouble.”

Kalle Rovanperä (Driver car 69)

“This is always a special stage to start here in Mexico, it’s a tricky one in the tunnels. The second pass was better – I just needed to do that on the first pass! In shakedown the car felt really good, and the setup was really good following our pre-event test. The feeling was nice, and it’s nice to be back on gravel. I don’t have so much experience on gravel in this car, but it’s a good surface for me and the feeling will get better all the time. For me there will be many challenges this weekend, but my focus is just to drive without any mistakes as the stages are really technical.”

 

End of day one (Thursday):

1 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) 1m56.6s

2 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1.1s

3 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1.9s

4 Teemu Suninen/Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +2.0s

5 Dani Sordo/Carlos del Barrio (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +2.3s

6 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +2.5s

7 Gus Greensmith/Elliott Edmondson (Ford Fiesta WRC) +4.0s

8 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +4.0s

9 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Ford Fiesta WRC) +4.6s

10 Oliver Solberg/Aaron Johnston (Volkswagen Polo R5) +6.4s

(Results as of 21:00 on Thursday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com)

 

What's next?

The first full day of the rally consists of 10 stages in total. A loop of three stages – El Chocolate, Ortega and Las Minas – in the mountains around Guanajuato are each run twice. A new short stage at Parque Bicentenario rounds out the morning, while the day is completed by two passes of the León racing circuit test and a brief blast through the city streets.

 

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Rally Mexico: Preview

By |2020-03-06T09:00:00+00:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: news,motorsports wrc|

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team heads to Rally Mexico (March 12-15) – the first true gravel event of the season – aiming to continue its impressive start to the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship and achieve another top result. Elfy...

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Rally Sweden: Day 3

By |2020-02-16T19:25:00+00:00February 16th, 2020|Categories: news,motorsports wrc|

Elfyn Evans has scored his first victory with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team following a dominant performance at Rally Sweden in just his second event behind the wheel of the Toyota Yaris WRC. Joining him on the podium was 19-year-old rookie sensation Kalle Rovanperä, who came out on top in a thrilling battle with his world champion team-mate Sébastien Ogier for third place with a stunning run through the rally-ending Power Stage. Together, the trio continued the team’s outstanding start to the season with its all-new driver line-up: Toyota has taken the lead of the manufacturers’ championship, while Evans jointly leads the drivers’ championship for the first time in his career.

Evans led the event from start to finish to record his second career FIA World Rally Championship victory, after winning on home soil on Wales Rally GB in 2017. It is a first ever WRC win for co-driver Scott Martin after the pair joined forces last season, and together they are the first British competitors to ever win Rally Sweden, a founding round of the WRC in 1973.

The third Rally Sweden triumph in four years for the Toyota Yaris WRC came in very different conditions to the previous two. Unseasonal weather in the build up to the event – which is usually run entirely on ice and snow – meant that organisers developed a reduced itinerary to ensure the rally could go ahead. Freezing temperatures helped keep the stages in a good condition on Friday and Saturday, before rain on Sunday created a demanding final stage.

Evans had built up a cushion of 17.2 seconds into the final day having won five of the previous eight stages and this allowed him to take a relatively cautious approach through the tricky deciding test and still secure the win by 12.7s.

Already impressive on his debut at rallying’s top level on Rallye Monte-Carlo, Rovanperä reached another level on Rally Sweden, climbing as high as second overall at one point on Friday. He and Ogier traded third place several times on Saturday, and it was Ogier who came into the final day with an advantage of half a second.

In the tricky conditions of the 21.19-kilometre Likenäs stage, Rovanperä was 3.7 seconds faster than anybody else, taking his first ever WRC stage win and the maximum five bonus points on offer in the Power Stage. He is the youngest ever podium finisher on a WRC round, more than two years younger than the previous record holder. Ogier still achieved the third fastest time as well as fourth overall, collecting a strong points haul towards the championship, where he is in third place, five points behind Evans.

 

Quotes:

Akio Toyoda (Team Chairman)

“In Sweden in unusual conditions, with not much snow, Evans and Martin brought the first victory of the season to our new-look team. Elfyn and Scott, congratulations! At the beginning of his new chapter with us, he came to our factory in Estonia and worked hard until late at night to understand how to use and maintain the Yaris WRC. He also built up the team spirit by going bowling with the mechanics, for example. I am really happy that such a new team member is already achieving great results together with the team. And Kalle and Jonne climbed on the third step of the podium after a big fight, with only a three-second gap, against Seb and Julien. I also appreciate these four guys for scoring great points and making the fans excited. Katsuta finished the rally and recorded good times on some stages he decided to attack. He made faster times at one stage than Tänak, with whom he has good friendship. This will give him some confidence. Taka, keep going! There is one thing I feel ‘regret’ about. I promised Tänak and Järveoja I will soak them with champagne from above. I couldn’t be in Sweden for this chance... But frankly speaking, it’s too cold to do a champagne fight in Sweden! I hope we will have the chance in warmer rounds. My team-mates of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, let’s keep winning! And Ott and Martin, let’s keep fighting! I feel our drivers are enjoying to drive the Yaris WRC more and more round-by-round. I believe they will show us more exciting drives in the next round and beyond. Thank you in advance to our fans for supporting us this season.

P.S.

At Rally Sweden, Latvala competed with Hänninen as co-driver and drove a Yaris WRC as a privateer. They were our original drivers when we came back to the WRC in 2017. I heard Jari-Matti say “I am happy to be part of TOYOTA and I’m glad to drive the Yaris again”. I felt very happy that they chose the Yaris WRC. I feel very sorry for the mechanical trouble on the Yaris WRC which Jari-Matti and Juho had. I had wanted them to drive and to enjoy as much as possible, but this time it didn’t go well. I heard they will come back for Rally Italia Sardegna. We will prepare the Yaris WRC perfectly for them to fight. Please enjoy then as much as possible!”

 

Quotes:

Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)

“It is an absolutely brilliant finish for us here. Elfyn has been so good this weekend, and he and Scott have made history today as the first British winners in Sweden. And it’s incredible what Kalle did in the final stage. It was his first time on that stage in these cars. Everybody else has been doing it many times before and he was just flying away from the rest. I think we have a ‘dream team’ at the moment. There is such a good feeling and the team spirit is the highest it’s ever been. I can only smile and be proud of them.”

Sébastien Ogier (Driver car 17)

“I cannot be unhappy about this weekend. I don’t really enjoy being fourth but it’s still some good points for the championship and it puts us in a good position ahead of Mexico. Kalle deserves this podium. He did a really great job the whole weekend, and he went for it in the Power Stage and he did a brilliant time. It was very difficult conditions, and when you’re thinking about the championship, it was hard to really go for it. Elfyn was driving fantastic this weekend and it’s a nice win for him and for the team. It’s always better to have these strong guys in your team rather than in the opposition: I think Toyota has a very strong line-up for this season. For us now we focus on the next one, where we will try to fight for the win.”

Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33)

“I feel really good to have my first win with TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in our second event together. I have to give a lot of credit to the team for not only giving me a great car but also giving me the support and help in testing for me to get the car to where I wanted it. The car is giving me great confidence, and in changeable conditions like we’ve had here, that’s really worth a lot. It has been very enjoyable to drive so far and hopefully we can carry this feeling onto gravel in the events to come. A big thanks to Scott too: he’s been very good since he’s been alongside me and I’m very happy to finally be with him for his first win too.”

Kalle Rovanperä (Driver car 69)

“I feel really good to be on the podium. It was a really demanding rally because it was shorter than usual and all the time you had to be flat-out. We were losing some time because of my mistakes but it was nice to get back on the podium today and also to have five points from the Power Stage. It was a really good run, I gave it everything I have. It didn’t feel so good in the beginning because I was maybe a bit more careful and saving the tyres, but it paid off in the end as we were doing really fast split times and the final time was really good.”

 

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION, RALLY SWEDEN

1 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) 1h11m43.1s

2 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +12.7s

3 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +20.2s

4 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +23.6s

5 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Ford Fiesta WRC) +32.4s

6 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +33.8s

7 Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +1m00.9s

8 Teemu Suninen/Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m24.5s

9 Takamoto Katsuta/Daniel Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m59.6s

10 Jari Huttunen/Mikko Lukka (Hyundai i20 R5) +4m03.0s

(Results as of 15:30 on Sunday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com)

 

What's next?

Rally Mexico (March 12-15) features rough gravel roads and temperatures in the region of 30°C. High altitude is also a major factor, with a route that peaks at 2,737m above sea level, starving engines of air and cutting power by as much as 20 per cent.

 

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Rally Sweden: Day 2

By |2020-02-15T19:45:00+00:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: news,motorsports wrc|

Elfyn Evans leads Rally Sweden by 17.2 seconds with only one stage remaining as he continues his impressive drive in the Toyota Yaris WRC. His team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Kalle Rovanperä are third and fourth overall respectively, with the two drivers separated by just 0.5s as they battle for a place on the podium tomorrow.

The route for the second day of the rally was identical to that of the first day, consisting of three forest stages around the border with Norway plus the short Torsby Sprint stage adjacent to the service park. Temperatures were this time above freezing, although some fresh snow had fallen overnight.

Starting the day with his lead stood at 8.5 seconds, Evans produced a dominant display through the loop of three forest stages, setting the fastest time on each one and more than doubling his and co-driver Scott Martin’s advantage over their nearest rivals.

Ogier outpaced Rovanperä in the morning’s first two stages – Hof-Finnskog and Finnskogen – to take third place away from his rookie team-mate. Rovanperä then recorded the second-fastest time on the Nyckelvattnet test to take back the position, only for Ogier to edge back ahead on the Torsby Sprint stage.

 

Quotes:

Tommi Mäkinen (Team Principal)

“There is one long stage to go tomorrow and I think it will be a hard one for us to watch! But Elfyn looks very comfortable and in control so I’m not worried about him. He was on another level to the rest today. He seems to be improving his confidence in our car and getting stronger and stronger. It will be up to him and to Scott how they approach the Power Stage and whether they go for the maximum points. Then we have a big battle between Seb and Kalle. I will just let them drive, and they will have to push anyway because there is not so much room behind them to slow down.”

Sébastien Ogier (Driver car 17)

“It’s not been a bad day. We set some good times this morning. The third stage was not the best for me, but other than that I think we’ve done a good day. I’ve felt pretty good in the car. We’ve been playing around a bit with the setup and we’re learning with every kilometre. The Power Stage is obviously going to be important tomorrow. It’s still very tight with Kalle, and also the others guys are not far behind, so we cannot relax. We will have to push to the end, and the conditions could be quite tricky.”

Elfyn Evans (Driver car 33)

“It has been another good day for us and we can be happy with what we’ve managed to do. I had a really good feeling in the car, I’ve been happy with the balance and the confidence it’s giving me. The first two stages this morning were really good. The third one was quite tricky, a bit softer with more loose ice and snow, and the last stage was quite rough but we got through it OK. Let’s see what we face tomorrow, as the conditions are a bit of an unknown. It could be very difficult with the warmer temperatures we have now, but hopefully we can find the same rhythm we have in the last two days. It’s a long stage and we just need to keep our head down and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Kalle Rovanperä (Driver car 69)

“This morning I had a good feeling but I was a bit too hard on the tyres and not managing them well, so we were losing time at the end of the stages as we were losing the studs. But we made some small setup changes on the car so that it was not understeering and not loading the front tyres so much, and then the third stage went well. The last stage was in a really rough condition and these were new conditions for me. It’s going to be really difficult for us tomorrow as we don’t have the same experience on this stage as the others, but I will try my best.”

 

End of day two (Saturday):

1 Elfyn Evans/Scott Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC) 1h00m38.9s

2 Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +17.2s

3 Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC) +28.8s

4 Kalle Rovanperä/Jonne Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC) +29.3s

5 Esapekka Lappi/Janne Ferm (Ford Fiesta WRC) +34.7s

6 Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +39.2s

7 Craig Breen/Paul Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC) +49.7s

8 Teemu Suninen/Jarmo Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta WRC) +1m14.8s

9 Takamoto Katsuta/Daniel Barritt (Toyota Yaris WRC) +1m37.4s

10 Jari Huttunen/Mikko Lukka (Hyundai i20 R5) +3m39.1s

(Results as of 16:00 on Saturday, for the latest results please visit www.wrc.com)

 

What's next?

The final day of the rally will consist of just one stage: the 21.19 kilometres of Likenäs. Two passes were originally scheduled, but mild temperatures led organisers to cancel the first running to preserve the roads for the Power Stage, where up to five bonus points will be on offer for the best time.

 

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