Sweden - Martin Prokop won his first stage with new Fiesta S2000 On Saturday, February 13, Rally Sweden 2010 continued with its second leg. Reigning Junior World Rally Champion Martin Prokop and his co-driver Jan Tomanek with Czech Ford National...
Sweden - Martin Prokop won his first stage with new Fiesta S2000
On Saturday, February 13, Rally Sweden 2010 continued with its second leg. Reigning Junior World Rally Champion Martin Prokop and his co-driver Jan Tomanek with Czech Ford National Team's Ford Fiesta S2000 started the day from third position in Super 2000 World Rally Championship standing and they smoothly defended their position during the day.
Day two of the rally began in darkness at 6 a.m., when drivers left Karlstad for the 85 km drive north to Hagfors and a 15 minute service. With the sun rising, and in a temperature of -21 degrees Celsius, they then started into the Saturday's first special stage.
Scandinavian fans are real enthusiasts, but there were some problems with them today. Last run in 2004, the return of the classic Sagen stage proved a huge draw for thousands of spectators who trudged through the snow to watch from the roadside. Unfortunately the stage proved so popular that organisers had to delay the start by 45 minutes until the crowds were safely positioned. The rest of Saturday`s itinerary was delayed as a result.
But Martin Prokop had a clear run through four morning special stages, consolidated his position and slightly increased gap ahead of the Swede Patrik Sandell on fourth position. In the snow and ice of Sweden, anything could happen but Martin with Jan didn't think they can catch Tuohino and they didn't try it.
The afternoon second passes of the stages, were very demanding for all of the participants, because of deep ruts and loose gravel. In these conditions it was necessary to save the tires, Czech Ford National Team's crew continued in smooth run and defended third place in S-WRC overall classification. Martin Prokop and Jan Tomanek also achieved the fastest time on SS16 and scored their first stage victory in S-WRC.
Martin Prokop: "We started OK today, but through the first special stage we had problems with fogging front window. But on the next stages everything was perfect. The gaps ahead and behind us were quite big, so we were enjoying the drive and rally. We are not trying to catch Tuohino. He's from Scandinavia, he understands the rally. We want to hold on to third."
On Sunday, the Swedish rally continues with further five special stages, with a total length of 101.05 kilometers.