SSS Karlstad 1, 1.90km
Sweeping bends, a spectacular jump and a great atmosphere are the hallmarks of both Karlstad’s horse trotting track. Drivers tackle two laps of their roads in head to head duels.
He defeated world champion Sébastien Ogier at the fastest heat of night round the sweeping curves of the town’s criss track. The Belgian won by 0.8sec at a Hyundai i-20 as the group delivered the happiest days of the night on the snow and also ice-covered track.
Neuville, who was fastest in this morning’s shakedown, has mixed memories of their 1.90km test. A couple of years ago he crashed out of there, while past season he avoided errors.
“We understand just how to lose in this point and we also know just how to gain the rally,” he explained. “This weekend will be catchy. We are able to hope for good problems To morrow morning. I feel comfortable in the car, that is crucial.”
The Norwegian Be at Ott Tänak by 0.8sec, the Estonian fourth at his Toyota Yaris.
Jari-Matti Latvala, who had become the very experienced motorist at WRC history using a 197th WRC start, was fifth in his Yaris. He edged fellow Finn Teemu Suninen by 0.7sec and confessed completing the test with episode has been a relief.
“Now there was a little bit of pressure, we had to do and get through this stage. Now it’s completed, I could relax and focus on the actual actions,” he explained.
The heating featured the latter making a guest appearance at his favourite rally nine years after his last start, WRC legends Sébastien Loeb and Marcus Grönholm. Grönholm maintained the spoils, eighth fastest.
The rally continues with the maximum leg of the fixture. The seven woods road evaluations cover 137.41km, with all but the final point taking place over the border in Norway.