Another snow victory for RÃ¥dstrÃ¶m Rally VÃ¤nnÃ¤s - the last winter rally for this year in the Swedish Rally Championship - was held this weekend in VÃ¤nnÃ¤s, native village for Thomas RÃ¥dstrÃ¶m, former WRC-driver in the CitroÃ«n team. He was...
Another snow victory for Rådström
Rally Vännäs - the last winter rally for this year in the Swedish Rally Championship - was held this weekend in Vännäs, native village for Thomas Rådström, former WRC-driver in the Citroën team. He was co-driven by Denis Giraudet and they had no problems to win this round of the championship in their Olsbergs Toyota Corolla WRC.
- In spite of a repeating malfunction of the engine, causing o loss of about 50 hps many times, we had no real problems to take the win, Thomas Rådström said at the ramp.
Behind Rådström there was a tough fight between Mats Jonsson, Ford Escort WRC, and Mats Thorszelius, Toyota Corolla WRC. Thorszelius was the luckiest of the two and finished second, 51,4 seconds behind Rådström, but only 2 seconds ahead of Jonsson at the third place.
The production class saw Kenneth Bäcklund, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, enter the top position from the very beginning of the rally. And so he finished. Nobody could threaten him this rally. In fact he has been the winner of this competitive class for seven consecutive rounds.
- We have been driving very fast and I have not caused one single scary moment for the whole rally as far as I can remember, Kenneth Bäcklund declared, at the finish.
At the beginning young Oscar Svedlund in a similar car tried to cope the pace, but he did a few mistakes and had to let Stig-Olov Walfridsson pass him to a final second place in the class.
In the 2WD class, young Jimmy Joge in an Peugeot 206 Super 1600, started very fast. P-G Andersson, Suzuki Ignis, made a very bad tyre choice at the second stage and lost about half a minute to Jimmy. That difference lasted to the end of day two so Jimmy was a very happy winner of his class.
- I am very happy for this win, Jimmy Joge declared, now I took a good step towards the top, in spite of having missed the first round in Hällefors this year.
Rally Vännäs, Swedish Rally Championship, round 4 of 8: 1) Thomas Rådström, Olsbergs Toyota Corolla WRC, 1.20.46,1 2) Mats Thorszelius, Toyota Corolla WRC, +51,4 3) Mats Jonsson, Ford Escort WRC, +53,1 4) Jari Saarinen, Ford Escort WRC, +2.40,7 5) Kenneth Bäcklund, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, +3.12,1 6) Stig-Olov Walfridsson, do, +3.37,5 7) Oscar Svedlund, do, +4.02,8 8) Ionnis Papadimitrion, GR, Ford Focus WRC 01, 5.19,7 9) Patric Carlsson, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII, +6.36,4 10) Jimmy Joge, Peugeot 206 Super 1600, +7.16,5