Henning Solberg tops Swedish shakedown

Henning Solberg posted the quickest time in shakedown for the opening round of the 2011 World Rally Championship season in Sweden.

The M-Sport Stobart driver set a time of 2min 02.5secs at the wheel of his new Fiesta RS WRC to edge out factory Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen to top spot, with Petter Solberg the quickest of the Citroen drivers in third with his privately-entered DS3 WRC.

Defending champion Sebastien Loeb was fourth ahead of Jari-Matti Latvala and PG Andersson, with Mads Ostberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastien Ogier and the S2000 Skoda of Eyvind Brynildsen rounding out the top ten.

The opening round of the year, which is the first event for the latest generation of WRC machinery, gets underway this evening with a run through the Karlstad Super Special stage before the rally proper begins on Friday.

Rally Sweden Shakedown times - Top Ten:

1. Henning Solberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2min 02.5secs
2. Mikko Hirvonen Ford Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC 2min 02.6secs
3. Petter Solberg PSWRT Citroen DS3 WRC 2min 02.7secs
4. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2min 02.8secs
5. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford Abu Dhabi Fiesta RS WRC 2min 03.2secs
6. PG Andersson Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2min 03.4secs
7. Mads Ostberg M-Sport Stobart Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2min 03.9secs
8. Kimi Raikkonen ICE1 Racing Citroen DS3 WRC 2min 04.5secs
9. Sebastien Ogier Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC 2min 05.3secs
10. Eyvind Brynildsen Skoda Fabia S2000 2min 08.6secs