2016 Swedish Rally: Sebastien Ogier wins, Dani Sordo finishes 6th
The 2016 WRC has failed to start better for Sebastien Ogier. In January the Volkswagen driver achieved the victory in Monte-Carlo and the weekend has won the Swedish Rally for the third time in his career. Ogier has also won the Power Stage of both rallies so adds 56 points, the maximum that could be at this stage of the championship.
The podium of the Swedish test has completed Hayden Paddon with the Hyundai i20 WRC and Mads Ostberg with the Ford Fiesta M-Sport. Dani Sordo has finished 6th as in Monte-Carlo after a puncture on the second day you no options left to try to fight for the podium in this event that is not too favorable.
This edition of the Rally of Sweden has been very unusual because of the lack of snow has forced the organization to suspend many sections. All sessions have been cut including Sunday in which there were four planned sections but only played one the Power Stage, because had television commitments.
Ogier was the most critical drivers that are run in these conditions but the triple world champion were the best from the beginning. The Frenchman scored the first scratch proof and also rivals began to fall slowly. Jari-Matti Latvala broke the front shield of Volkswagen in the first kilometers, Kris Meeke hit with a stone in the middle of a stretch and Andreas Mikkelsen who He is trying to keep up with his team leader in the Norwegian sections committed some errors that were wasting her time.
At the end of the first day Ogier also had some problems but was a leader with almost half a minute ahead of a group of pilots who were Paddon, Mikkelsen, Ostberg, Sordo Tänak or separated by less than 20 seconds . On the second day Paddon came to be at 8 seconds of Ogier benefited from its starting position and Sordo punctured earlier in the day by staying out of the fight.
In the afternoon loop Ogier put things back in place and walked away from Paddon who had to confirm second place. Mikkelsen Ostberg failed and left alone in the fight for third place while Sordo also moved away from Henning Solberg and is consolidated in the sixth.
On the final day it did not happen too as all positions were quite consolidated and only disputed 15 of the 60 kilometers planned. Ogier was not satisfied with the victory and lunged for the Power Stage in which he won to add three extra points by 2 and 1 Mikkelsen and Meeke.