All drivers will be trying to use “pedal to the metal” on Powerstage – the last stage of Rally Sweden, where all will be possible.
Neuville is on safe lead with 16.2 seconds ahead Breen and 13.4 more ahead Mikkelsen. Just for that three driver we could expect some “safe” driving on last stage, because all other drivers want to get points on Powerstage due bad start position on this weekend. Also battle for fourth place is still open between Paddon and Lappi. Paddon lost a lot of time against Lappi on last two stages and now between them is just 2.9 seconds. Overall standings before last stage:
1. Neuville Thierry – Gilsoul N. ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) 2:46:08.7
2. Breen Craig – Martin Scott ( Citroën C3 WRC ) +16.2
3. Mikkelsen Andreas – Jæger A. ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +29.6
4. Paddon Hayden – Marshall S. ( Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC ) +46.1
5. Lappi Esapekka – Ferm Janne ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +49.0
6. Østberg Mads – Eriksen T. ( Citroën C3 WRC ) +1:08.6
7. Latvala J. – Anttila M. ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +2:01.8
8. Suninen Teemu – Markkula Mikko ( Ford Fiesta WRC ) +2:39.2
9. Tänak Ott – Järveoja Martin ( Toyota Yaris WRC ) +3:42.4
10. Ogier S. – Ingrassia J. ( Ford Fiesta WRC ) +4:37.3
Also in WRC2 is close battle between Katsuta and Tidemand, who were just few tenths of seconds seperate on last two stages. Now time gap between them is 10.1 seconds, so there won’t be place for mistake on SS19.
Less seconds are between Radstrom (1st) and Bergvist (2nd) in WRC3 section. Just 6.1 seconds seperates them and Bergvist was the fastest on last two stages.
Powerstage is on schedule at 12:18 and will be long 9.56 kilometers.