Junior WRC in Sweden:
Radström fights back to lead
Home town hero Dennis Radström led the FIA Junior WRC category at Rally Sweden on Saturday night after getting the better of fellow countryman Emil Bergkvist.
Rådström, who lives in Torsby where this opening round of the junior series is based, overturned a 6.7sec overnight deficit with a dominant performance through the snow and ice-covered Swedish forests this morning.
Driving a Ford Fiesta R2, he won all three speed tests and the afternoon opener to build a 21.1sec margin. Bergkvist had the better of the afternoon and the pair arrived in Torsby for the final overnight halt split by 13.8sec.
“Today was fantastic and I’m delighted to end it in the lead, we’ve had a lot of fun. Tomorrow we’ll aim to continue in the same way and if we do that then we should have enough in hand to win,” said Rådström.
Ken Torn’s tenure of third ended early this morning when the Estonian rolled in the opening Torntorp stage after swiping a snow bank. His demise allowed Julius Tannert to move up, although the German was almost four minutes adrift of the battling Swedes.
Tannert had a late scare when he ran over a banner in the final sprint stage on the edge of Torsby. He arrived in the service park nearby with steam pouring from under his Fiesta’s bonnet as mechanics set about investigating the damage.
Tannert had a minute in hand over Frenchman Terry Folb, with Ireland’s Callum Devine and France’s Jean-Baptiste Franceschi filling the rest of the top six.
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