Icy Conditions Test Tyre Manufacturers In Sweden

by Matthew McMahon

As the WRC brigade traveled to Sweden for round 2 of the FIA World Rally Championship crews had to contend with snowy and winter conditions which meant their tyres had a lot to stand up to.

Michelin and Pirelli brought their snow tyre to the Nordic region expecting to find snow covered forests by mild weather conditions meant that in some areas crews had to battle through melting now and frozen mud.

The studs in the tyres combined with the compact freezing conditions were a perfect recipe for acceleration and Michelin’s winter tyre seemed to excel in the conditions. The end result was another victory for Sebastien Ogier and Volkswagen Motorsport after a great comeback following some trouble on Saturday’s stages.

The French tyre manufacturer was well represented again with all of the top five finishers using Michelin.

Pirelli also enjoyed success as they continued to build on the season opener in Monte Carlo. The Italian tyre manufacturer helped two privateers to fastest stage times throughout the weekend in Sweden.

Ukrainian driver Yuriy Protasov won stage 6 in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC, the first of his WRC career, Protasov continued his good form throughout the weekend setting competitive times and eventually came home in 9th place achieving his first points finish.

Robert Kubica continued his impressive form from Monte Carlo by winning stage 17 in his RK World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC. His good form was blighted by a penalty that dropped the Pole to 19th well outside the points.

The highest placed Pirelli driver was Martin Prokop from the Czech Republic. The Fiesta RS WRC driver came home in 8th place overall after setting some competitive times with in the top ten throughout the weekend.

The next round of the World Rally Championship takes place in South America on the Rally Guanajuato Mexico. The event takes place on gravel roads and commences on March 5th.

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