March 4, 2012

2012 WRC Rally Sweden Review


Round two of the 2012 World Rally Championship Season, Rally Sweden was held from February 9 through February 12, 2012. This ice and snow covered gravel event was based in the municipality of Karlstad, Sweden. However, stages of the rally had the drivers crossing over into Norway. The winner was Finnish Ford World Rally Team driver, Jari-Matti Latvala.

Latvala's countryman, Mikko Hirvonen {Citroën Total World Rally Team} placed second, while third fastest was Norway's Mads Østberg (M-Sport Stobart Ford World Rally Team).

This review of the rally, includes a list of links (in chronological order) to daily reviews and podcasts from WRC.com. The highlights videos that follow are one that covers the whole event, and then one for each day of the rally, individually.


Friday wrap: Latvala stamps his authority
Posted at WRC.com on February 10, 2012

Day one of Rally Sweden 2012 saw a frenetic lead battle and first position changing hands multiple times - but by the time the leg was done, Jari-Matti Latvala had managed to burst clear of the pack and established a 16.8-second cushion...


Rally Sweden Day 1 Podcast
Posted at WRC.com on February 10, 2012

Listen to the podcast for the first day of Rally Sweden 2012.


Saturday wrap: Latvala in chargee
Posted at WRC.com on February 11, 2012

Despite Mikko Hirvonen throwing everything he had at him, and the need to plot tyre tactics amid a lack of snow on some stages, Jari-Matti Latvala produced an exemplary drive to maintain his Rally Sweden lead through day two...


Rally Sweden Day 2 Podcast
Posted at WRC.com on February 11, 2012

Listen to the podcast for the second day of Rally Sweden 2012.


Breaking news: Latvala triumphs in Sweden
Posted at WRC.com on February 12, 2012


...The Ford team leader pulled clear of a close-fought early lead battle in which Mads Ostberg, Petter Solberg, Sebastien Loeb and Mikko Hirvonen all featured, and for most of the weekend was in a straight head to head with his former team-mate Hirvonen...



SS24: Loeb salvages Power Stage win
Posted at WRC.com on February 12, 2012

...Sebastien Loeb may have only been able to finish sixth overall in Rally Sweden, but he picked up three handy extra points for his 2012 FIA World Rally Championship powered by Nokia title campaign by winning the Power Stage...


Sunday wrap: Latvala gets the job done
Posted at WRC.com on February 12, 2012

It wasn't exactly an easy run to the finish for Jari-Matti Latvala, but the Ford number one kept his head through a tense final morning to claim Rally Sweden victory and get his 2012 FIA World Rally Championship ... title challenge properly underway...


Rally Sweden Day 3 Podcast
Posted at WRC.com on February 12, 2012

Listen to the podcast for the final day of Rally Sweden 2012.


The wrc.com review: Rally Sweden
Posted at WRC.com on February 13, 2012

...During the pre-event tests, some teams saw temperatures dip below -30 degrees centigrade. This week in Karlstad, after the rally, locals were predicting the sort of heavy snowfall that is the stuff of ski resort dreams...


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