12 Feb 10
In the first ever round of the S-WRC, Swedish guest driver P-G Andersson is stealing the show having won all four opening stages of Rally Sweden.
He claims this result has taken him by surprise, “I'm very happy, though winning all the stages so far was a little unexpected. The car feels very good today. When we started testing I had to do what the car wanted, now it is the opposite.”
After a morning of drama and disappointing stage times, Patrik Sandell is out to catch his countryman; “It's been a really bad morning. SS2 was too slow and I stalled at the start of the next two stages. After that I couldn't really feel my groove. I had too much grip in the rear tyres into corners so I couldn't place the car correctly. Our aim for this afternoon is to go faster. We can fight with Andersson if we get everything working right this afternoon.”
Meanwhile, Brynildsen who got off to a great start yesterday evening, clocking second in the Super Special Stage, also suffered this morning when a 180 degree spin on SS3 cost him almost three minutes. This left the Norwegian in a disappointingly distant seventh after SS4.
Reigning J-WRC champ Martin Prokop overcame difficulties to finish the morning in third. The Czech driver lost a lot of time on the first stage after missing a corner, stalling his Fiesta and having to re-start the engine, but this wasn't the end of his trauma.
In SS3, he lost his rear window making it freezing inside the car. This didn't taint his spirits though. At lunchtime service he was ready to make jokes, telling wrc.com he wished the window had waited and blown out in Mexico when he could do with the breeze through his car in the heat.