Many finnish drivers were in battle for high places on Rally Sweden in this weekend, but nobody of them didn’t win.
First of them lost battle already on second stage, where Kalle Rovanpera lost more than two minutes due his mistake. Next was Jari Huttunen, when he lost half of minute on SS4, but he made a great times on next stages and climb up on second place in WRC2, but than had accident on penultimate stage. On finish was Rovanpera (Škoda Motorsport) second in WRC2 Pro section, when his team mate Eerik Pietarinen (another finnish driver) made mistake right on last stage and lost his fourth place. Win went into Mads Ostberg’s hands from Citroen team, third was Gus Greensmith from M-Sport.
Another finnish driver with bad luck and great stage times was Teemu Suninen from M-Sport. He was on overall lead after first leg, but made mistake on second stage in second leg and fell on P8. He made some great stage times, but made another mistake on SS14, where he hit a tree in spin and damaged rollcage his Ford Fiesta WRC. His mechanics managed to repair damage on his Fiesta, so he can finish event, but this time without any points.
Without any big mistake and technical troubles were Ott Tanak nad Martin Jarveoja from Toyota. They won on sixt stages, also on powerstage – ahead Neuville (2nd), Evans (3rd), Ogier (4th) and Lappi (5th).
In overall classification was second Esapekka Lappi (Toyota), just three seconds ahead Thierry Neuville (Hyundai). But close to Neuville were also Mikkelsen from Hyundai (+8.7) and Evans from M-Sport (+11.5).
Ole Christian Veiby finished behind Loeb (P7) and Tidemand (P8). He finished also first in WRC2 section ahead Lindholm and Kristoffersson. All first three drivers in WRC2 section were driving Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
High win made Tom Kristensson in JWRC section, where he won with 1:31.2 minute ahead Roland Poom and four minutes ahead Jan Solans.