Mads Ostberg (Adapta, Ford Fiesta WRC) was fastest in Rally Sweden shakedown. His best run was 4:11.6min, just 0.1sec better than Craig Breen (Citroen).
The event in Sweden is the first rally in 2017 for Ostberg.
The Hyundai crews took places third, fifth and sixth with Hayden Paddon fastest of them. The Kiwi was followed by Kris Meeke (Citroen) and his teammates Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville.
“I don’t think you can read too much into the results of the shakedown. With the new rules on tyre allocation, some drivers decided not to push. Personally speaking, I wanted to drive fast to confirm my feeling in the car. That’s what I did and I’m pleased with how it went. There are very good conditions on the roads. We now have to keep an eye on the sky and see if the snow begins to fall!”, Kris Meeke explained.
“The conditions of the roads themselves are better than they have been for a good few years. We just don’t have the snow banks! If you make a mistake, you can end up in a ditch pretty quickly…”, Craig Breen added.
The shakedown times:
|1.||Mads Østberg||Ford Fiesta WRC||4min 11.6sec|
|2.||Craig Breen||Citroen C3 WRC||4min 11.7sec|
|3.||Hayden Paddon||Hyundai i20 Coupe||4min 12.1sec|
|4.||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 WRC||4min 12.2sec|
|5.||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 Coupe||4min 14.0sec|
|6.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 Coupe||4min 14.5sec|
|7.||Elfyn Evans||Ford Fiesta WRC||4min 15.1sec|
|8.||Ott Tänak||Ford Fiesta WRC||4min 16.1sec|
|9.||Stephane Lefebvre||Citroen DS3 WRC||4min 16.1sec|
|10.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Toyota Yaris||4min 16.2sec|
Update of shakedown results. Henning Solberg fastest of the WRC 2 drivers. He’s testing the car for the first time this morning ? pic.twitter.com/EJby4HHnHc
— Rally Sweden (@RallySweden) 9 February 2017