Sandell moves up in New Zealand Red Bull driver Patrik Sandell has enjoyed a strong second day in New Zealand, moving up the leaderboard with a string of second-fastest times to claim fourth place in the Super 2000 World Rally ...
Sandell moves up in New Zealand
Red Bull driver Patrik Sandell has enjoyed a strong second day in New Zealand, moving up the leaderboard with a string of second-fastest times to claim fourth place in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship overnight.
The Swede, at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia S2000 run by the experienced BRR team, ended the day in style by setting the fastest time on the spectator superspecial at the all-asphalt Hampton Downs racing circuit.
Having enjoyed a strong day with no mechanical problems, Sandell now has the third-placed man in his sights. Patrik did not have the easiest of starts to the rally, hitting a bird on only the second stage and finding the set-up not to his liking - as he did not get a chance to test his car before the event.
However, some changes to the car meant that the former Junior World Rally Champion was able to make the most of his talent and the performance of the Skoda Fabia during the second day.
Once more the drivers faced fast and flowing stages, with the anticipated rain failing to materialise. Conditions were dry and overcast, putting the emphasis firmly on pure driving ability. In total the crews faced eight stages today, split into two loops of four.
Patrik felt that he had not pushed hard enough on the opening stage, but apart from that he was happy with his day's work.
"It's been an interesting day and I have been trying to push more and more after what was not a great start on the opening stage," said Patrik. "Then we were a little bit in the dust on the last long stage and overtook a car. But we certainly had fun and I think we are in a good position for tomorrow."
His co-driver Emil Axelsson added: "The first stage was terrible for us. But this afternoon we have found the perfect rhythm and it's unbelievably nice when everything works on these stages with the pacenotes. Tomorrow we have to try for the podium - well that is the aim at least!"
The final day of the Rally New Zealand consists of four stages, including the famous Whaanga Coast stage: a spectacular photographer's favourite that runs alongside the ocean.
-source: red bull