FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015: MINI EUROLAMP WORLD RALLY TEAM-RALLY SWEDEN. THE NORTHERN ODYSSEY
WRC A FULL 2015
Rally Sweden. The Northern Odyssey.
13 February 2015
The World Rally Championship’s second round started from the spectacular show in Karlstad, which traditionally goes as parallel race – and tomorrow crews will face three days of real Norhern Odyssey.
The short comments given by Eurolamp World Rally Team drivers after the Rally Sweden recce gave the realistic impression of the picture of local roads’ conditions, prepared for the crews. Unlike the previous year there is a quite hard mix of snow, ice and gravel between the snow banks of different height and stiffness this season in Sweden. It is out of discussion – to avoid the troubles drivers should always keep the centre of the road to get the maximum grip.
As a rule Scandinavian drivers is considered to be more ready for the fast driving in those conditions –there are five crews from Sweden, Norway and Finland competing in WRC 2 this time. It stands to reason that they are going to be the most challenging competitors for the Ukrainians during the next three days. Commenting this upcoming challenge, Valeriy Gorban, the Eurolamp WRT driver, admitted that particular attention should be paid for Norwegian Anders Grondal – who, by the way, sets the best WRC 2 time on shakedown. However, every crew of these top-five competitors has come to Rally Sweden with the same goal – to gain the victory, so everyone should be respected, Ukrainian driver added.
It is important to note that future gazing came true on the first Super Special Stage run in Karlstad Thursday evening. The Scandinavians obtained the first five lines in WRC 2 standing with Gorban and Korsia behind. Another crew, driving with the equal MINI John Cooper Works S2000 by Eurolamd WRT, Oleksiy Kikireshko and Kuldar Sikk, took the eight place in the class.
However, these results should be considered only as the first attempts. The short 1,9 km-distance special stage was arranged as a show for the spectaculars so it could not have an impact on results of 300-km and three-days long rally. Northern Odyssey is preparing some surprises for everyone, and only the one who can keep calm and concentrated, could win this tough competition.
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