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Victory for Lappi, but the new scores are a chaos.

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In Sweden, the Finnish driver clinches the win, followed by Evans and Fourmaux on the podium.

The FIA’s insane scoring system has shown all its flaws at the Rally Sweden. At the end of a rally dominated from the outset, Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm (Hyundai i20 rally1) found themselves with fewer points in their pocket than the second-placed driver, Britain’s Elfyn Evans behind the wheel of the Toyota Yaris rally1.

The system devised by the FIA to make the competition more exciting, especially in the Sunday specials, revealed its flaws in this second round of the Championship, effectively rewarding the second-placed driver more than the one leading the standings. Consider that Lappi takes home only 19 points compared to the 24 of the British driver.”

That said, Lappi literally dominated the rally, showcasing his excellent driving skills, especially in the terrible weather conditions on Friday. – “Fucking good! I’ve been looking for this victory for a long time. I would like to thank all the people who have always supported me. Thanks to Cyril, who kept me on the team despite my poor second half of the season. Thanks to my team for supporting me, and thanks to my family!”

Second place for Elfyn Evans, the British driver at the wheel of the Toyota Yaris rally1, ran a race like a true calculator, bringing home 24 points and climbing to second place in the overall standings. – “I made a mistake at the end of the power stage, losing precious seconds that denied me the chance to win the special stage. However, we can consider ourselves satisfied with the result, especially considering how things were on Friday.”

Third place and first podium in his career for Adrien Fourmaux at the wheel of the Ford Puma rally1 by M-Sport. The Frenchman was the true revelation of the Swedish race, setting truly impressive times and a scratch on day 3. With this result, the Frenchman rises to third place in the overall WRC standings with 29 points. – “Stepping onto the podium is truly special. I’ve had two difficult seasons, but we never gave up. Achieving my first podium in Sweden is special; I’m speechless.”

Fourth place and WRC leadership for Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 rally1), the Belgian driver after a difficult start on Friday, picked up the pace, securing an important fourth place, which will allow him to arrive at the Safari Rally as the leader, but with the thankless task of “sweeping” the African stages. The top 5 completed by another great surprise of this Rally Sweden, Oliver Solberg at the wheel of the Škoda Fabia RS rally2 prepared by Toksport. The young Swedish driver clinches victory in the WRC2 – “Fantastic, it was a beautiful weekend. Racing among so many fans, with many friends and my family by my side, was incredible. Winning with Škoda Motorsport on my home roads was fantastic.”

Sixth place and first in the WRC2 Challenge for the Toyota Yaris rally2 by Printsport for Sami Pajari, followed in seventh position by Estonian Georg Linnamae on the same car, for the RedGrey Team driver the great satisfaction of having secured a historic stage victory on SS5. The top-10 is completed by Roope Korhonen (Toyota Yaris rally2) in eighth position, Mikko Heikkila (Toyota Yaris rally2) in ninth position, and in tenth, our Lorenzo Bertelli and Simone Scattolin on Toyota Yaris rally1.

WRC STANDINGS AFTER THE RALLY SWEDEN

Neuville (Hyundai) 48; Evans (Toyota) 45; Fourmaux (M-Sport) 29; Ogier 24 (Toyota); Tanak (Hyundai) 21; Lappi (Hyundai) 19; Katsuta (Toyota) 12; Rovanpera (Toyota) 12; Solberg (Skoda) 8.