After the first three stages of Rally Sweden, the second round of the World Rally Championship, the Finns Rovanperä K. / Halttunen Jonne (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) took the lead.
Surprisingly, Solberg Oliver / Edmondson E. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) finished second after the 3rd stage today at 10.4 behind the drivers. Third place is for Evans Elfyn / Martin Scott (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1), who are just 0.8 seconds behind Oliver Solberg.
After etheric problems for Neuville T. / Wydaeghe M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1), still fourth place only at +12.2 after the drivers.
The fight is currently entirely between Toyota and Hyundai, with Ford teams in 9th and 10th place, among others. Immediately after them is the first crew of the RC2, Veiby O. / Skjærmoen S. (Volkswagen Polo Gti R5).
Breen Craig / Nagle Paul (Ford Puma Rally1) was eliminated in the second gear stage after leaving the track. They were moving to 7th position.
Sebastien Ogier misses Rally Sweden this year.
4 more stages are planned until the end of today.
Traditionally for Sweden, a lot of snow and very cold with temperatures reaching -20C.
The return of Loeb Sébastien / Galmiche I. Ford Puma Rally1 to the World Rally Championship will be remembered with the victory in the Monte Carlo Rally 2022. Although not a full season, Loeb gave very strong support to Ford and recorded his first victory with the new generation cars.
Today, the two Sébastien Loeb and Sebastian Ogier (Ogier S. / Veillas B. Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) fought for the victory, with Loeb taking the victory with +10.5 seconds.
At the beginning of Sunday, Ogier led, and after the first stage today the lead was exactly 20.0 seconds. But on the 16th CE La Penne - Collongues 2 (19.37 km) penultimate for the day Sebastien Ogier burst a tire, and without changing it continued to the final, but with a loss of 34.1 seconds.
In the last stage Power Stage the winner is Rovanperä K. / Halttunen Jonne Toyota GR Yaris Rally1.
Ford's strong performance is complemented by the third position of Breen Craig / Nagle Pa (Ford Puma Rally1) at +1: 39.8.
Fourth in the Monte Carlo Rally 2022 is Rovanperä K. / Halttunen Jonne (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) at +2: 16.2.
A disastrous start for Hyundai this season, with the 6th Neuville T. / Wydaeghe M. (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) leading the way with more than 7 minutes to go.
First in RC2 and 7th in the overall standings is Mikkelsen A. / Eriksen T. (Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo).
It should be noted that Sebastian Loeb won the Monte Carlo Rally with a new navigator Isabelle Galmiche, and just a week ago recorded second place in the toughest race in motorsport, the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.
The next race on the calendar of the World Rally Championship is Rally Sweden on February 24-27.
On the second day of the Monte Carlo Rally, the crew of Ogier S. / Veillas B. (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) managed to lead with a lead of 21.2 seconds ahead of Loeb Sébastien / Galmiche I. (Ford Puma Rally1), and in the last stage today CE 13 Saint -Geniez - Thoard 2 with a distance of 20.79 km Sebastian Loeb lost 16.1 seconds from Ogier. Ogier used snow tires in the final stages, while Loeb was left with pictures, which affected his time.
Third place after the end of today is for Breen Craig / Nagle Paul (Ford Puma Rally1) at 1: 26.0 from Ogier and a comfortable lead over the 4th Rovanperä K. / Halttunen Jonn (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) +2: 03.8 from Ogier .
First in RC2 are Mikkelsen A. / Eriksen T. (Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo), who are also 7th in the overall standings.
In stage 11 Elfyn Evans missed a turn and remained in the section, after which the stage was terminated due to the dangerous location of the car.
Tomorrow is the last day of the Monte Carlo Rally with 4 stages to the final.