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Sordo sets pace in Karlstad SSS

9 February 2012


Dani Sordo has taken the early lead on Rally Sweden after setting the quickest time on the opening run through the short Karlstad Super Special stage this evening.

Sordo completed the 1.90 kilometre test in 1 minute 34.2 seconds in his 'works-supported privateer' MINI John Cooper Works WRC car, leaving him 0.3 seconds up on Mads Ostberg. Ott Tanak was third.

Citroen's Sebastien Loeb and Ford's Petter Solberg meanwhile were joint fourth quickest, ahead of their respective team-mates, Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala in sixth and seventh.

“That was such good fun,” said Solberg. “It was a fantastic way to start the rally in front of such a large crowd and I'm really excited about driving the Fiesta in the snow tomorrow.”

“I made a bad start and that was where I lost the time. But this is a warm-up for the real action which begins in the forests tomorrow morning,” Latvala added.

Further back Patrik Sandell was eighth, while Martin Prokop and Richard Goransson round out the top ten followed by Evgeny Novikov, Nasser Al-Attiyah, Henning Solberg, Eyvind Brynildsen and early SWRC leader, P-G Andersson in positions 11 through to 15.

The action now gets underway 'proper' on Friday, with SS2, the 27.07km Mitandersfors test, starting at 08.04 hours local time.


Rally Sweden: Overall standings after Stage 1 (Top 10):

1. Dani Sordo Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC 1mins 34.2secs
2. Mads Ostberg Adapta WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 00.3secs
3. Ott Tanak Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 00.6secs
4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 01.2secs M
= Petter Solberg Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 01.2secs M
6. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +00mins 01.5secs M
7. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 02.2secs M
8. Patrik Sandell Prodrive MINI John Cooper Works WRC +00mins 03.0secs
9. Martin Prokop Czech Ford National Team Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 03.1secs
10. Richard Goransson MINI John Cooper Works WRC +00mins 03.7secs

Others

11. Evgeny Novikov M-Sport Ford WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 03.8secs M
12. Nasser Al-Attiyah Qatar WRT Citroen DS3 WRC +00mins 04.4secs M
13. Henning Solberg Go Fast Energy WRT Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 04.7secs
14. Eyvind Brynildsen Ford Fiesta RS WRC +00mins 04.9secs
15. P-G Andersson Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 +00mins 05.0secs S
16. Armindo Araujo WRC MINI Team Portugal John Cooper Works WRC +00mins 05.1secs M


SWRC standings after Stage 1 – Top 3:

1. P-G Andersson Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 1mins 39.2secs S
2. Hayden Paddon Skoda Fabia S2000 +00mins 02.1secs S
3. Alister McRae Proton Motorsport Satria Neo S2000 +00mins 02.3secs S


Notable retirements:

None.


all times unofficial


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