2015 Rally Sweden

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2015 Rally Sweden
63rd Rally Sweden
Round 2 of 13 of the 2015 World Rally Championship
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Host country Sweden
Rally baseHagfors, Värmland County
Dates run12 – 15 February 2015
Stages21 (308.00 km; 191.38 miles)
Stage surfaceSnow
Results
Overall winnerFrance Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
Germany Volkswagen Motorsport
Crews54 at start, 40 at finish

The 2015 Rally Sweden was a motor racing event for rally cars that was held over four days between 12 and 15 February 2015. It marked the sixty-third running of the Rally Sweden, and was the second round of the 2015 World Rally Championship, WRC-2 and WRC-3 seasons.[1]

Sébastien Ogier won the rally on the last stage to extend his lead in the drivers' championship. The rally started with Pontus Tidemand, competing in a WRC-2 Ford Fiesta RRC, winning the Thursday night super special stage in Karlstad.[2] Ogier took the lead on Friday's opening stage, with teammate Jari-Matti Latvala chasing him for the lead. Volkswagen's third driver, Andreas Mikkelsen gained the lead on the ninth stage, after Ogier and Latvala both hit snow banks, dropping to 4th and 23rd respectively.[3] Mikkelsen kept the lead until Saturday's final stage, where Hyundai's Thierry Neuville took the lead after fitting new tyres for the stage; Mikkelsen and Ogier were both in contention however, at deficits of 1.5 and 9.6 seconds respectively.[4] Mikkelsen regained the lead on Sunday's opening stage, and held a three-second lead over Ogier ahead of the final stage, Värmullsåsen, which was also the event's power stage, offering additional drivers' championship points.[5]

Running in reverse order to their rally positions, Ogier bested Neuville's time for the stage – ultimately, the stage's fastest time – and just after he completed the stage, Mikkelsen hit a snow bank and lost 40 seconds to fall behind Neuville in the standings as well. Ott Tänak finished fourth to record his best WRC result since 2012, while Hayden Paddon recorded his best WRC finish – replacing the injured Dani Sordo – in fifth position. Next in the order was British duo Elfyn Evans and Kris Meeke, Martin Prokop finished eighth ahead of Yuriy protasov, who took his first WRC stage win, on the Kirkenær stage. Completing the championship points was Mads Østberg, who was in position for a podium spot, until he hit a snow bank on the eleventh stage.[6] He also scored an extra point by finishing third on the power stage. After the last stage, Volkswagen Motorsport decided to retire Latvala's car – he had managed to recover up the order to 12th place – due to a rules loophole in relation to the following event, Rally México.[7]

Entry list[edit]

No. Driver Co-driver Entrant Car Cl. Eligibility
1 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Germany Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC RC1 M
2 Finland Jari-Matti Latvala Finland Miikka Anttila Germany Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC RC1 M
3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 M
4 Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team Citroën DS3 WRC RC1 M
5 United Kingdom Elfyn Evans United Kingdom Daniel Barritt United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC RC1 M
6 Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Raigo Mõlder United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC RC1 M
7 Belgium Thierry Neuville Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul Germany Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 WRC RC1 M
8 New Zealand Hayden Paddon New Zealand John Kennard Germany Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 WRC RC1 M
9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Ola Fløene Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II Volkswagen Polo R WRC RC1 T
14 Norway Henning Solberg Austria Ilka Minor Norway Adapta Motorsport AS Ford Fiesta RS WRC RC1
16 Poland Robert Kubica Poland Maciej Szczepaniak Poland Robert Kubica Ford Fiesta RS WRC RC1
17 Ukraine Yuriy Protasov Ukraine Pavlo Cherepin United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC RC1
18 Poland Michał Sołowow Poland Maciej Baran Poland Synthos Cersanit Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC RC1
20 Netherlands Kevin Abbring United Kingdom Sebastian Marshall Germany Hyundai Motorsport N Hyundai i20 WRC RC1 T
21 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Czech Republic Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC RC1 T
31 Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al-Rajhi United Kingdom Michael Orr Saudi Arabia Yazeed Racing Ford Fiesta RRC RC2 WRC-2
32 France Stéphane Lefebvre Belgium Stéphane Prévot France PH Sport Citroën DS3 R5 RC2
33 Italy Max Rendina Italy Mario Pizzuti Italy Motorsport Italia s.r.l. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X RC2 WRC-2
36 Sweden Fredrik Åhlin Norway Morten Erik Abrahamsen Sweden Fredrik Åhlin Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2
37 Italy Lorenzo Bertelli Italy Giovanni Bernacchini Italy FWRT s.r.l. Ford Fiesta RS WRC RC1 T
38 Norway Anders Grøndal Norway Roger Eilertsen Norway Anders Grøndal Citroën DS3 R5 RC2 WRC-2
39 Sweden Pontus Tidemand Sweden Emil Axelsson Sweden Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta RRC RC2 WRC-2
40 Finland Jari Ketomaa Finland Kaj Lindström United Kingdom Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2
41 Ukraine Valeriy Gorban Ukraine Volodymyr Korsia Ukraine Eurolamp World Rally Team Mini John Cooper Works S2000 RC2 WRC-2
42 Ukraine Oleksiy Kikireshko Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ukraine Eurolamp World Rally Team Mini John Cooper Works S2000 RC2 WRC-2
43 Russia Radik Shaymiev Russia Maxim Tsvetkov Russia TAIF Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2
44 Poland Jarosław Kołtun Poland Ireneusz Pleskot Poland C-Rally Ford Fiesta R5 RC2 WRC-2
45 Italy Gianluca Linari Italy Nicola Arena Italy Gianluca Linari Subaru Impreza WRX STi RC2 WRC-2
53 Norway Ole Christian Veiby Norway Anders Jæger Finland Printsport Citroën DS3 R3T RC3 WRC-3
71 Norway Eyvind Brynildsen Sweden Anders Fredriksson United Kingdom Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta RRC RC2 WRC-2
72 Sweden Robin Friberg Sweden Stefan Gustavsson Sweden Robin Friberg Citroën DS3 R5 RC2
74 Norway Frank Tore Larsen Norway Torstein Eriksen Norway Frank Tore Larsen Ford Fiesta R5 RC2
75 Sweden Thomas Thunström Sweden Jörgen Lindahl Sweden Thomas Thunström Citroën DS3 R5 RC2

Results[edit]

Event standings[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Co-driver Team Car Class Time Difference Points
Overall classification
1 1 France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia Germany Volkswagen Motorsport Volkswagen Polo R WRC WRC 2:55:30.5 0.0 28
2 7 Belgium Thierry Neuville Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul Germany Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 WRC WRC 2:55:36.9 +6.4 20
3 9 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Norway Ola Fløene Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II Volkswagen Polo R WRC WRC 2:56:10.3 +39.8 15
4 6 Estonia Ott Tänak Estonia Raigo Mőlder United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC WRC 2:57:56.5 +2:26.0 12
5 8 New Zealand Hayden Paddon New Zealand John Kennard Germany Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 WRC WRC 2:59:02.0 +3:31.5 10
6 5 United Kingdom Elfyn Evans United Kingdom Daniel Barritt United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC WRC 2:59:23.5 +3:53.0 8
7 3 United Kingdom Kris Meeke Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën DS3 WRC WRC 2:59:36.3 +4:05.8 6
8 21 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Czech Republic Jan Tománek Czech Republic Jipocar Czech National Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC WRC 2:59:56.5 +4:26.0 4
9 17 Ukraine Yuriy Protasov Ukraine Pavlo Cherepin United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta RS WRC WRC 3:01:02.7 +5:32.2 2
10 4 Norway Mads Østberg Sweden Jonas Andersson France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën DS3 WRC WRC 3:02:21.4 +6:50.9 2
WRC-2 standings
1 (13.) 40 Finland Jari Ketomaa Finland Kaj Lindström United Kingdom Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 3:05:07.4 0.0 25
2 (14.) 71 Norway Eyvind Brynildsen Sweden Anders Fredriksson United Kingdom Drive DMACK Ford Fiesta RRC WRC-2 3:04:40.0 +32.6 18
3 (15.) 41 Ukraine Valeriy Gorban Ukraine Volodymyr Korsia Ukraine Eurolamp World Rally Team Mini John Cooper Works S2000 WRC-2 3:08:34.8 +3:27.4 15
4 (16.) 31 Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al-Rajhi United Kingdom Michael Orr Saudi Arabia Yazeed Racing Ford Fiesta RRC WRC-2 3:08:47.6 +2:40.2 12
5 (17.) 39 Sweden Pontus Tidemand Sweden Emil Axelsson Sweden Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta RRC WRC-2 3:08:50.9 +3:43.5 10
6 (18.) 36 Sweden Fredrik Åhlin Norway Morten Erik Abrahamsen Sweden Fredrik Åhlin Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 3:09:42.0 +4:34.6 8
7 (23.) 44 Poland Jaroslaw Koltun Poland Ireneusz Pleskot Poland C-Rally Ford Fiesta R5 WRC-2 3:17:26.5 +12:19.1 6
8 (24.) 42 Ukraine Oleksiy Kikireshko Estonia Kuldar Sikk Ukraine Eurolamp World Rally Team Mini John Cooper Works S2000 WRC-2 3:19:33.1 +14:25.7 4
9 (25.) 81 Italy Simone Tempestini Italy Matteo Chiarcossi Romania Napoca Rally Academy Subaru Impreza WRX STi WRC-2 3:23:58.0 +18:50.6 2
10 (26.) 38 Norway Anders Grøndal Norway Roger Eilertsen Norway Anders Grøndal Citroën DS3 R5 WRC-2 3:26:54.4 +21:47.0 1
WRC-3 standings
1 (21.) 53 Norway Ole Christian Veiby Norway Anders Jæger Finland Printsport Citroën DS3 R3T WRC-3 3:16:03.5 0.0 25

Special stages[edit]

Day Stage
number
Stage name Length Stage winner Car
No.
Team Time Avg. spd. Rally leader
12 Feb SS1 Sweden Karlstad Super-Special 1 1.90 km Sweden Pontus Tidemand
Sweden Emil Axelsson
39 Sweden Pontus Tidemand 1:32.1 74.27 km/h Sweden Pontus Tidemand
Sweden Emil Axelsson
13 Feb SS2 Sweden Torsby 1 14.76 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 8:36.6 102.86 km/h France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
SS3
Sweden Röjden 11
Norway
18.73 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 9:59.4 112.49 km/h
SS4 Norway Finnskogen 1 20.76 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
2 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 11:03.1 112.71 km/h
SS5 Norway Kirkenær 1 7.07 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 5:26.7 77.91 km/h
SS6 Norway Kirkenær 2 7.07 km Ukraine Yuriy Protasov
Ukraine Pavlo Cherepin
17 United Kingdom M-Sport World Rally Team 5:34.4 76.11 km/h
SS7 Norway Finnskogen 2 20.76 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
2 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 11:04.3 112.50 km/h
SS8
Sweden Röjden 21
Norway
18.73 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Norway Ola Fløene
9 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II 10:01.1 112.17 km/h
SS9 Sweden Torsby 2 14.76 km Belgium Thierry Neuville
Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul
7 Germany Hyundai Motorsport 8:40.4 102.11 km/h Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Norway Ola Fløene
SS10 Sweden Karlstad Super-Special 2 1.90 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 1:34.5 72.38 km/h
15 Feb SS11 Sweden Fredriksberg 1 18.15 km Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Norway Ola Fløene
9 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport II 10:33.9 103.08 km/h
SS12 Sweden Rämmen 1 22.76 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 11:36.5 117.64 km/h
SS13 Sweden Hagfors Sprint 1 1.87 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 1:51.2 60.54 km/h
SS14 Sweden Vargåsen 1 24.63 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 13:34.1 108.92 km/h
SS15 Sweden Fredriksberg 2 18.15 km Belgium Thierry Neuville
Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul
7 Germany Hyundai Motorsport 10:27.6 104.11 km/h
SS16 Sweden Rämmen 2 22.76 km United Kingdom Kris Meeke
Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle
3 France Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 11:38.5 117.30 km/h
SS17 Sweden Hagfors Sprint 1 1.87 km Poland Robert Kubica
Poland Maciek Szczepaniak
16 Poland Robert Kubica 1:57.1 57.49 km/h
SS18 Sweden Vargåsen 2 24.63 km Belgium Thierry Neuville
Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul
7 Germany Hyundai Motorsport 13:24.4 110.23 km/h Belgium Thierry Neuville
Belgium Nicolas Gilsoul
15 Feb SS19 Sweden Lesjöfors 15.00 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 9:05.8 98.94 km/h Norway Andreas Mikkelsen
Norway Ola Fløene
SS20 Sweden Värmullsåsen 1 15.87 km Finland Jari-Matti Latvala
Finland Miikka Anttila
2 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 8:14.1 115.63 km/h
SS21 Sweden Värmullsåsen 2 (Power stage) 15.87 km France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia
1 Germany Volkswagen Motorsport 8:05.6 117.65 km/h France Sébastien Ogier
France Julien Ingrassia

Notes:

  • ^1  — The Röjden stage started in Sweden and finished in Norway after crossing the Sweden-Norway border.

Power Stage[edit]

The "Power stage" was the second running of the 15.87 km (9.86 mi) Värmullsåsen stage at the end of the rally, which awarded championship points to the fastest three drivers through the stage.

Pos. Driver Car Time Diff. Pts
1 France Sébastien Ogier Volkswagen Polo R WRC 8:05.6 0.0 3
2 Belgium Thierry Neuville Hyundai i20 WRC 8:10.4 +4.8 2
3 Norway Mads Østberg Citroën DS3 WRC 8:15.5 +9.9 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rally Calendar Overview". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  2. ^ "SS1: Tidemand springs surprise". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  3. ^ "SS8/SS9: Mikkelsen on top after Torsby drama". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Neuville vaults into Sweden lead". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  5. ^ "SS20: Final stage thriller awaits". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  6. ^ "SS11/SS12: Østberg falls back". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  7. ^ "WRC Rally Sweden: VW retires Jari-Matti Latvala's car at finish". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 15 February 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.

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