14 Feb 10
Swedish driver P-G Andersson has dominated the S-WRC class in his Skoda Fabia S2000 throughout Rally Sweden, and heads off to the three final stages with a lead of 51 seconds.
P-G remained confident in his performance over the first two stages of day three despite ice on SS18: “We had a good pace and tried not to lose too much time. The tyres were generally fine, but there was nearly a problem when we got to the ski resort, which was slippery and scary.”
Despite battling hard all morning and winning SS18, Janne Tuohino in his Ford Fiesta S2000 only managed to take 1.2 seconds out of Andersson's lead. He is lying in a secure second, 1min 36 sec ahead of Martin Prokop, also in a Ford.
Prokop is well cushioned in third, unable to catch Tuohino, but with a 1min 37sec lead over fourth place Swedish driver Sandell. Prokop was confident in the stages, but suffered between stages: “I got out of the car to change the tyres and the car fell down off its jack on me. I wasn’t sure I would get to SS18 to start it in time,” he said.
Meanwhile Sandell is pleased to have held a lead of 41.7 seconds in his Skoda Fabia over fellow Skoda driver and Scandinavian Eyvind Brynildsen. He puts this down to enjoying the rally again after a tough first two days: “The first stage this morning is my absolute favourite. The only problem was with the gear ratio which meant that the car was going too slowly, but otherwise Emil and I really enjoyed it, we have found our feeling again.”
Brynildsen however is frustrated still to be in fifth and not to have narrowed the gap. By second service he was losing hope: “I took two minutes off Sandell yesterday and Friday but now I have no chance left," he explained. "The stages this morning were not good. I had rear differential problems and the brakes felt like they weren’t working properly which made me cautious and I lost a lost a lot of time.”