VIDEO | Rally of Sweden – Shakedown

WRC | 2015 World Rally Championship – Rally of Sweden Day 1

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

With teams arriving in Sweden to tackle the second round of the 2015 World Rally Championship, they had better be prepared for the snow and ice including the -25 degrees that awaits them. Being one of the most picturesque events on the World Rally Championship calender Rally Sweden started today with teams preparing this morning for shakedown.

This year shakedown was held close to the service park in Råda Sweden, situated 370 KMS west of the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Teams tackled the short and compact 4km stage with Ogier continuing to show good pace. After five runs of the stage, Ogier led the way with Robert Kubica close behind in second. Kris Meeke also impressed the timekeepers to sit one spot further back in third place.

With a lengthy break before the start of the rally, teams headed back to the service park to prepare for the Super Special Stage which was held in Karlstad last night.

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Images by André Lavadinho

As the sun disappeared behind the snow-capped mountains, teams took part in the short but action filled 2km stage. The packed crowd witnessed local favourite Pontus Tidemand showing his local knowledge by blitzing the entire WRC field with a time of 1.32.1.

Hot on his heels was Citroen driver Mads Ostberg just 0.3sec behind with Latvala in 3rd a further 0.1seconds behind. With this the Scandinavian drivers showed their dominance locking out the first three positions on the leader board.

Teams turn towards Norway for Day 2 before heading back to Sweden although there is growing concerns around the hotter than expected weather conditions.

The unique fact about rallying in these conditions is, the colder it is the better as teams use studded tyres to dig into the ice for maximum grip.

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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