Kalle Rovanperä has won Rally Sweden and now leads the championship by 14 points over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville.
Rovanperä took the lead after the first stage on Saturday morning and did not give it away. In the end, the 21-year-old won the rally with a 22-second margin over Thierry Neuville who is now second in the championship standings. Esapekka Lappi completes the podium on his return at a factory team to the top level of rallying.
Elfyn Evans was in a close battle with Rovanperä all through Saturday but made a mistake in the final corner of Saturday’s final stage and went over a snowbank when crossing the finish line. Evans was penalised 10 seconds as he reached the Stop Control “where the parallel road merged with the defined roadway and the co-driver exited the car to receive their time.”
The Stewards said that “by entering the last corner at high speed, the crew gained a time advantage when crossing the flying finish, as the finish line was located just at the exit of that corner.”
Evans’ penalty meant that Rovanperä had an 18.3s advantage at the beginning of the final day. In the opening stage of the final day, Evans oversteered wide in a left-hand corner and hit the snowbank which damaged the radiator of his GR Yaris Rally1. The Welshman was forced to retire not much later and is now a massive 42 points behind Rovanperä in the championship after two rounds.
Tänak takes Power Stage win & Like father, like son
Ott Tänak set the fastest time in the Power Stage and received the five bonus points. Rovanperä clocked the second-fastest time in the final stage and therefore leaves Sweden with 29 points. Neuville, Katsuta and Breen were third, fourth and fifth respectively in the Power Stage.
Rovanperä took his third career rally win in Sweden and now has a 14-point lead heading into Rally Croatia. It’s Kalle Rovanperä’s first Rally Sweden win, 21 years after his dad, Harri Rovanperä won Rally Sweden.
As said earlier, Thierry Neuville moves up to second in the championship ahead of Sébastien Loeb who drops to third. M-Sport’s Gus Greensmith is now fourth in the championship with 20 points after his P5 finish in Sweden. The top 5 is completed by Sébastien Ogier who, like Loeb, didn’t compete this weekend. The top 10 championship standings are below.
Andreas Mikkelsen finishes seventh overall in Rally Sweden and makes it two out of two WRC2 this season. Finland’s Lauri Joona won the WRC3 category while Jon Armstrong claimed his third career JWRC victory with the Fiesta Rally 3.
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WRC Rally Sweden 2022 – Results (After SS19)
|#||Drivers||Car||Time / Diff. to 1st|
|1.||Rovanperä / Halttunen||Toyota GR Yaris Rally1||2:10:44.9|
|2.||Neuville / Wydaeghe||Hyundai i20 N Rally1||+22.0|
|3.||Lappi / Ferm||Toyota GR Yaris Rally1||+30.6|
|4.||Katsuta / Johnston||Toyota GR Yaris Rally1||+2:19.4|
|5.||Greensmith / Andersson||Ford Puma Rally1||+3:20.4|
|6.||Solberg / Edmondson||Hyundai i20 N Rally1||+5:39.4|
|7.||Mikkelsen / Eriksen||Skoda Fabia Rally2 Evo||+7:11.1|
|8.||Veiby / Skjærmoen||Volkswagen Polo GTI R5||+7:34.3|
|9.||Huttunen / Lukka||Ford Fiesta Rally2||+8:14.2|
|10.||Kaur / Simm||Volkswagen Polo GTI R5||+8:24.8|
WRC 2022 Drivers’ Championship standings after Round 2/13 [Top 10]
WRC 2022 Manufacturers’ Championship standings after Round 2/13
|1.||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT||83|
|2.||M-Sport Ford WRT||59|
|3.||Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT||47|
|4.||Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT NG||22|
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