Tidemand wins Rally Sweden 'warm-up' event

Pontus Tidemand: Of course it's fun to win, that's what you're always looking for when competing, but our biggest win this weekend is that we got the practice we were after.
2013 Junior World Rally champion Pontus Tidemand took victory on the Mountain Rally last weekend.

Tidemand was taking in the event, the second round in the 2014 Norwegian Rally Championship, as part of his preparation for next week's Rally Sweden, where he will pilot a M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC in what will be only his second outing in a World Rally Car [see separate story - HERE].

The youngster did well too winning all six stages in his Team Tätab Fiesta RS WRC and eventually beating Citroen's Mads Osbterg by 1 minute 36.3 seconds – although the latter opted to use WRC tyres, as opposed to narrower ones that are allowed in the Norwegian Rally Championship

“Our goal was first and foremost to get practice for Rally Sweden,” Tidemand told M-Sport's official website. “We wanted to find the speed, the confidence and get back the feeling of [driving] a World Rally Car.

“It's been more than three months since our last rally and then we drove an R2 car so we definitely need to re-adjust to driving a car like this again.”

“Of course it's fun to win,” he added, “that's what you're always looking for when competing, but our biggest win this weekend is that we got the practice we were after.

“We ran our own race, just like Mads did, and I hope this will benefit both of us on Rally Sweden [round two of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship].”

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Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Stig Rune (SWE), Ford Fiesta WRC
Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Stig Rune (SWE), Ford Fiesta WRC
Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Stig Rune (SWE), Ford Fiesta WRC
Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Stig Rune (SWE), Ford Fiesta WRC

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January 27, 2014 12:46 PM

Wow ! Pontus was just over a second per kilometre faster than Mads albeit he was on the narrower type of tyre currently not permitted on a WRC Rally and I would put Mads as one of the favorites to win in Sweeden. Maybe I should Re-evaluate my prediction of the Top 12 for Sweeden lol This Guy could be another Mats Johnsson and give the works boys a hard time on his home event, although Pontus is now The 2013 Junior Champion so he should get a lot further in the Sport than Mats Johnsson did. I hope like Evans and Meeke this guy is also given chance to prove what he is capable of in a WRC Car. He was 4th at theend of day 1 last year before issues with the car.


January 29, 2014 10:03 AM
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Couple of good points there ChrisHx But then again it is Evans who has a Full time drive and not Tidemand. Sweden is fairly unique, look back at Thomas Radstrom, a contender in Sweden but no where else, same with Mats Johnsson really, I think last years performance was no fluke though, I think he will go well as he has the experience on Snow, but like his past Fellow Swedes I don't think he will be that quick everywhere else. I think he could be as high up as 3rd at some point but the question is can he maintain that to the finish, there are no shortage of drivers who believe in their heart that the Top step is theirs for the taking, and 6 doesn't go into 1 very easily so it will be tough to get on the podium in Sweden for sure. P.S. I think 2011 was the 1st year of the new WRC Cars from memory.

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