Lappi triumphs in Rally Sweden for first WRC victory since 2017

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MOTORSPORTS Lappi triumphs in Rally Sweden for first WRC victory since 2017

Festus Chuma 17:00 - 18.02.2024

Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm have won Rally Sweden marking Hyundai's consecutive victory.

Esapekka Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm have surged to victory at Rally Sweden, marking their first FIA World Rally Championship win since 2017. 

Behind the wheel of a Hyundai i20 N Rally1, the Finnish duo demonstrated impeccable skill and precision on the snow-covered tracks, maintaining their lead and sealing the win with Pirelli tyres gripping firmly beneath them. 

This victory not only showcases their talent but also signifies a strong start to their 2024 campaign, adding a stylish flair to their first outing of the year.

The Hyundai Shell Mobis World Rally Team had more reasons to celebrate as this win followed their recent success at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo, making it consecutive victories for the team.

 The team's performance in Sweden underscores their preparation and adaptability to different terrains, setting a promising tone for the rest of the season.

In a dramatic turn of events, Toyota’s Elfyn Evans managed to claim second place, overtaking Adrien Fourmaux after the Frenchman encountered a setback by striking a snowbank on Sunday’s first test. 

Despite this hiccup, Fourmaux displayed resilience, securing his maiden WRC podium finish in third place with the M-Sport Ford Puma. This podium finish is a testament to his determination and skill, marking him as a competitor to watch in future rallies.

Evans, despite his own encounter with a snowbank at high speed during SS17, topped the Super Sunday classification. Under the new rules introduced in 2024, his performance earned him seven world championship points, highlighting the competitiveness and unpredictability of rally racing.

The world champion, Kalle Rovanperä, added to the excitement by winning the rally-deciding Wolf Power Stage, edging out Evans by a mere 0.039 seconds.

 Rovanperä's comeback on Saturday morning and subsequent pace-setting performance through the Power Stage underlined his championship mettle and the intense rivalry among top drivers.

Adding to the local celebrations, Sweden's own Oliver Solberg repeated his success from the previous year by winning the WRC2 category. 

His victory in the Rally2-based division showcased not only his growing prowess but also hinted at a bright future in the sport.

Rally Sweden 2024 has set a high bar for the season with its mix of dramatic moments, strategic victories, and personal triumphs.

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