Toyota driver Elfyn Evans took his 2d occupation victory on the shortened Rally Sweden to lead the World Rally Championship for the first time.
He’s now tied on parts at the pinnacle of the standings with Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville, the winner of the closing spherical in Monte-Carlo, however the Welshman essentially leads on countback. Evans stamped his authority on Rally Sweden from the very initiating no topic extraordinarily no longer easy prerequisites, with unseasonable climate resulting in the cancellation of a whole lot of stages.
Even this day, rain and slush greeted the opponents, fairly than the ice and snow that is mostly characteristic of Sweden. For this reason, the entire drivers wanted to be extraordinarily cautious to attach the studs in the tyres and verify that the finest grip doubtless. In total, nine stages of Rally Sweden had been in the end whisk over three days.
Evans leads reigning FIA World Champion Ott Tänak, consistently his closest challenger in 2d, who became once 12 seconds in the abet of at the attain after an attractive cautious drive en route to his first podium for Hyundai. The Estonian became once cosy with the automobile but admitted that he would favor to learn it extra.
Kalle Rovanperä became once a sensational third, additionally claiming his first FIA WRC podium on finest his 2d tournament in a Toyota Yaris WRC. The Finnish teen received the Energy Stage – the finest stage that became once whisk this day – to advise five additional championship parts and defeat his just a few champion personnel mate Sébastien Ogier, who ended up fourth.
M-Sport Fiesta driver Esapekka Lappi equalled his Monte result with fifth, sooner than the Hyundai of Thierry Neuville in sixth, who space 2d-quickest time on the Energy Stage.
Yet any other Hyundai, pushed by Craig Breen (who changed Sebastien Loeb in Sweden) accomplished seventh, sooner than the M-Sport Fiesta of Teemu Suninen and Toyota Yaris of Takamoto Katsuta, in eigth and ninth respectively.
In 10th total, Jari-Huttunen claimed the protect terminate in the FIA WRC 3 class because the first Rally2 car in the classification. He leads fellow countryman Emil Lindholm by 5s and World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson, who accomplished one more 26.3s in the abet of.
Within the FIA WRC 2 category, it’s an all-Skandinavian podium with Citroën’s Mads Østberg in 12th total who sealed his 2d FIA WRC 2 protect terminate this season, sooner than Hyundai’s Ole-Christian Veiby and Pontus Tidemand.
The gap spherical of the FIA Junior WRC became once received by Tom Kristensson from Sweden, in front of Latvia’s Martins Sesks and Estonia’s Ken Torn.
2020 Rally Sweden – Final unofficial Results:
|1. Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Scott Martin (GBR)||Toyota Yaris WRC||1hr 11min 43.1sec|
|2. Ott Tänak (EST) / Martin Järveoja (EST)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||1hr 11min 55.8sec|
|3. Kalle Rovanperä (FIN) / Jonne Halttunen (FIN)||Toyota Yaris WRC||1hr 12min 03.3sec|
|4. Sébastien Ogier (FRA) / Julien Ingrassia (FRA)||Toyota Yaris WRC||1hr 12min 06.7sec|
|5. Esapekka Lappi (FIN) / Janne Ferm (FIN)||Ford Fiesta WRC||1hr 12min 15.5sec|
|6. Thierry Neuville (BEL) / Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||1hr 12min 16.9sec|
|7. Craig Breen (IRL) / Paul Nagle (IRL)||Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC||1hr 12min 44.0sec|
|8. Teemu Suninen (FIN) / Jarmo Lehtinen (FIN)||Ford Fiesta WRC||1hr 13min 07.6sec|
|9. Takamoto Katsuta (JAP) / Daniel Barritt (GBR)||Toyota Yaris WRC||1hr 13min 42.7sec|
|10. J. Huttunen (FIN) / M. Lukka (FIN) – FIA WRC 3||Hyundai NG i20||1hr 15min 46.1sec|