Sweden - Martin Prokop fourth after the opening Super Special
Rally of Sweden, the first round of 2010 World Rally Championship, started on Thursday evening in Karlstad. The Czech crew Martin Prokop - Jan Tomanek set fourth fastest time in S-WRC classification. Czech Ford National Team`s driver holds fourth position also in overall S-WRC standings.
Thursday morning the shakedown took place near to Karlstad and Czech Ford National Team showed the potential of the crew and of the new Ford Fiesta S2000. Despite strong competition of talented Scandinavian drivers the reigning Junior World Rally Champion Martin Prokop set the fastest time in shakedown's S-WRC classification.
At 8 p.m. started in Karlstad the Super Special, which results are already included in the overall rally standings. On only 2 km long stage in the area of Karlstad's horse racetrack Martin Prokop and Jan Tomanek were near to the top of S-WRC classification and they set fourth fastest time in this category. Czech Ford National Team`s Fiesta S2000 holds the same position also in S-WRC overall standings.
Martin Prokop: "Although in Sweden aren't the same conditions like last year in Norway, it will be true winter rally. Friday's first stage sprinkled the organizers with wather, so it is completely under the ice. Next stages are near to the Norwegian border and there is enough snow in this region, so the first leg is going to be very nice for sure. The conditions on the Saturday's and Sunday's stages are inconsistent: somewhere a lot of snow, somewhere will be ruts and gravel. But it freezes here, so the ground will remain frozen. It wouldn't be good for tyres, but important think is, that the roads shouldn't be mudy."
"On morning shakedown we were driving on the limit and I was really happy with the car. But we will start probably more carefully, not to hit any troubles, and than we will step by step discover our limits."
"We thought, that it will be our advantage to start Super Special later than our S-WRC rivals, but it was not that case. I'm happy with the new car, it's really the best car I have ever driven. We will see, how we will make out tomorrow. We are looking forward."
The proper stage action begins on Friday morning at 8:18 a.m., when crews tackle the first of six stages in the countryside north of Karlstad, before a return to Karlstad for a repeat of the Super Special.
-source: cfnt zz