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Lappi further solidifies lead in Sweden

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In Sweden, Esapekka Lappi, Oliver Solberg, and Mille Johansson eye victory

The day 3 of the Rally Sweden speaks Finnish, as at the top of the Swedish rally, we find Esapekka Lappi. The Finnish driver, in his debut with Hyundai Motorsport, has maintained a firm leadership, adopting a strategy of “management,” especially after the withdrawal of his main rival for victory, Japanese Takamoto Katsuta, who was forced to retire due to an accident on SS10. This opened the way for Lappi to seek his second victory in the WRC World Rally Championship.

Behind Lappi is French driver Adrien Fourmaux, in the M-Sport team’s Ford Puma rally1, who maintained a steady pace throughout the day, accumulating a lead of 16.7” over Elfyn Evans, driving the Toyota Yaris rally1. After a tough day, Belgian Thierry Neuville showed significant improvement, climbing to fourth place overall and setting several fastest times. Applause-worthy is Oliver Solberg’s performance in the Skoda Fabia RS rally2, who closed the day in fifth position overall, proving to be one of the favorites for victory in the WRC2. In the context of the rally1, the interesting performance of the Italian duo composed of Lorenzo Bertelli and Simone Scattolin deserves mention, who finished their day in eleventh position overall.

But it was the middle part of the leaderboard that caught the attention of fans, with an epic duel between Sami Pajari and Georg Linnamae. Both behind the wheel of the powerful Toyota Yaris rally2, the two drivers contested the sixth position with a gap of just two-tenths of a second, promising an exciting showdown tomorrow. Eighth position was secured by WRC3 World Champion, Finnish Roope Korhonen, followed by Mikko Heikkila, both driving Toyota Yaris rally2. Meanwhile, the top-10 is completed by Lauri Joona at the wheel of the Skoda Fabia RS rally2. In the WRC3/JWRC, attention was captured by the impressive performance of young Mille Johansson, who continues to dominate the standings with a 55-second advantage over Estonian Romet Jurgenson and 3 minutes and 53 seconds over Irishman Eamonn Kelly. In the meantime, the Italian crew composed of Matteo Fontana and Alessandro Arnaboldi reached the top-30, gaining the thirtieth position overall at the wheel of the Peugeot 208 rally4.

“PROVISIONAL” DAY CLASSIFICATION: Lappi 18 points; Fourmaux 15; Evans 13; Neuville 10; Solberg 8; Pajari 6; Linnamae 4; Korhonen 3; Heikkila 2; Joona 1