Flodin proves his pace on Swedish Rally Swedish star Patrik Flodin has shown excellent pace on his home event in a Group N Subaru Impreza run by SYMS - despite an off-road excursion on day two that cost him the chance of victory. The 23 ...
Flodin proves his pace on Swedish Rally
Swedish star Patrik Flodin has shown excellent pace on his home event in a Group N Subaru Impreza run by SYMS - despite an off-road excursion on day two that cost him the chance of victory. The 23 year-old came back on the final day under the Super Rally regulations and set one fastest stage time as well as a second-fastest time in Group N.
Flodin was competing as a one-off 'wild card' entry in the opening round of this year's Production Car World Rally Championship. On the opening stage of the event he had a spin that cost him 25 seconds, but he fought back to end the first day third in class.
On the second day he missed a braking point on SS9 and slid into a ditch on a tricky left-hand corner that had caught out a number of the leading runners such as Mads Ostberg. The SYMS Impreza was undamaged, but 14 minutes were lost as Flodin and co-driver Goran Bergsten tried to regain the road. Distracted by the incident, Flodin touched a snowbank two stages later and cracked the radiator. With so much time having already been lost, he decided not to risk damaging the engine and retired from the leg.
The Swede returned on the final day under the Super Rally system with the objective of setting quick stage times In the SYMS Impreza. He accomplished his mission perfectly, with a fastest time and a second-fastest time over the five stages that were run. Conditions were extremely difficult throughout all three days of the event, with a distinct lack of snow meaning that there was plenty of unexpected mud and gravel on the road surfaces.
"I'm very happy with the team and the car - it's one of the best I've ever driven," said Flodin, who competed on the Swedish Rally in a Subaru Impreza WRC last year. "However, I'm not very happy with myself. I made too many silly mistakes: otherwise I'm sure we could have been challenging for the class win. I'd love to drive the SYMS car again in the future to make up for it."