Pontus Tidemand, Jan Kopecký and Esapekka Lappi return with Škoda for WRC2 title tilt.
Petter Solberg’s last-lap joker lap allowed him to finish this afternoon’s final at Lydden Hill just ahead of Mattias Ekström.
During Stage 22 of Rally Sweden, Jari-Matti Latvala was on the brink of disaster. A punctured tyre, losing valuable seconds to the chasing Citroen of Mikko Hirvonen. Another 25 points were slipping through his fingers. But, unlike in Monte Carlo the month before, instead of throwing his car off the road, he composed himself, finished the stage, and held off his former team-mate to take victory by just under 17 seconds.
The lack of snow on the usually pure white stages of Rally Sweden casued problems up and down the field, but Jari-Matti Latvala managed his tyres the best of all the leaders and remained in the top spot at the end of the penultimate, continuing to fend off Mikko Hirvonen by 23 seconds.
Dani Sordo got Mini’s WRC debut on snow off to a good start, after going fastest in the short sprint through this evening’s Karlstad superspecial stage.
Rally Sweden has been a near guaranteed fixture since the sport’s inception, however there are signs that it could be the last time there is even a world championship for them to host.
Jan Kopecky scored his first win for over a year in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge with a narrow victory over Freddy Loix on his home event Rally Zlin. The Czech…
Finnish wildcard and IRC points leader Juho Hanninen led a Skoda rout of the new for 2010 class, doing a Citroen by locking out the top four places.