VIDEO | Nueville Flys into top spot at Rally of Sweden

WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Rally of Sweden Day 3

Written byMichael Vettas | Images by – André Lavadinho – @World

With Day 1 and 2 firmly in the history books, Day three of Rally Sweden began with Mikkelsen in 1st with a lead of 19.1seconds, Neuville in 2nd with a lead of just 0.3seconds to Ostberg with Ogier fighting back in 4th position and Tanak in 5th.

Teams had 140km of competitive stages to compete the day with the first stage including the famous jump at Colin’s Crest. Named after WRC legend Colin McRae, thousands of fans each year line the banks to watch cars fly over the jump with jumps of 40 metres plus is a part of the norm.

After the mornings loop of stages Mikkelsen retained his lead to be a mere 1.7 seconds in front of Ogier. Neuville moved back to third a further 10.7seconds behind with Ostberg’s falling even further back with his Citroen DS3 suffering electrical issues.

The repeat loop of stages became tricky for Ogier and Mikkelsen as they swept the roads, this allowed Thierry Nueville to capitalise on his favourable road position. His 44m jump in his Hyundai Motorsport i20 World Rally car took him straight in to the lead. Nueville blitzed rivals Andreas Mikkelsen and Sébastien Ogier to turn a 7.3sec deficit into a 1.5sec advantage with one day remaining of Rally Sweden.

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  Images by Andre Lavadinho

Ogier said “It was really, really bad. The line was messed up by the cars behind us in the first pass and I never had any grip, it was all  loose in the rear.

“That was one of the best stages I’ve ever driven,” said Neuville. “I had a big, big push. The new tyres were probably worth three or four seconds and I had a good feeling in the car, it’s so much fun. It’ll be hard tomorrow with three tricky stages, but I’m not going to slow down.”

Mads Ostberg lost third place after slamming into a snow bank in the opening stage, puncturing the left rear tyre. He ended the day 53.4sec off the lead in fourth.

The Final day covers three stages and 46.74km, with the final live TV Power Stage offering bonus points to the fastest three drivers.

Stay tuned to MyDrive as we bring you the latest news and all the action of the 2015 World Rally Championship.

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