2011 Rally Sweden
The 2011 Rally Sweden was the opening round of 2011 World Rally Championship season. It was the season's first and only event held on snow- and ice-covered gravel roads. The rally took place over 10–13 February, beginning with a Super Special Stage in the event's base town of Karlstad. The rally was also the first round of the Production World Rally Championship.
|2011 Rally Sweden|
59th Uddeholm Swedish Rally
|Round 1 of the 2011 World Rally Championship|
|Rally base||Karlstad, Sweden|
|Dates run||February 10 – 13 2011|
|Stages||22 (351.00 km; 218.10 miles)|
|Stage surface||Snow- and Ice-covered gravel|
|Overall distance||2,059.89 km (1,279.96 miles)|
|Overall winner|| Mikko Hirvonen|
Ford World Rally Team
|Crews||44 at start, 34 at finish|
The rally saw a beginning to a new era in the World Rally Championship, with the previous generation of WRC machinery such as the Citroën C4 and the Ford Focus being phased out in favour of cars with a displacement of 1.6 litres (98 cu in). Citroën will use their DS3 model, and Ford will use the Fiesta RS over the course of the 2011 season. Also introduced for the 2011 season is the Power Stage, in which the final stage of each rally will award bonus points towards the championship standings. The fastest driver on the stage, will receive three points with two for the second-fastest and one for the third-fastest.
Mikko Hirvonen took the 13th WRC win of his career, and his first victory since winning the same event in 2010, having overhauled Mads Østberg midway through the second day. Østberg took his best result in the championship, finishing on the podium for the first time just 6.5 seconds behind Hirvonen. The podium was completed by another Ford driver, as Hirvonen's teammate Jari-Matti Latvala finished third, 34 seconds behind Hirvonen. Sébastien Ogier finished as the best Citroën driver in fourth place, and also picked up maximum bonus points with his victory on the first Power Stage of the season. Fellow Citroën driver Petter Solberg rounded out the top five places, despite losing his licence before the final stage due to a speeding infringement on Friday afternoon. As per the country's law, the Swedish Police Authority had given Solberg 48 hours grace before he could no longer drive after being caught going at 112 km/h (70 mph) in an area where the limit was 80 km/h (50 mph). With the ban coming into effect prior to the final stage, Solberg's co-driver Chris Patterson had to drive the stage.
|Day||Stage||Time||Name||Length||Winner||Time||Avg. spd.||Rally leader|
|SS1||20:04||Karlstad Super Special Stage 1||1.90 km||Per-Gunnar Andersson||1:39.7||68.61 km/h||Per-Gunnar Andersson|
|SS2||07:58||Vargåsen 1||24.63 km||Mads Østberg||14:41.9||100.54 km/h||Mads Østberg|
|SS3||09:39||Likenäs 1||20.78 km||Per-Gunnar Andersson||12:10.1||102.46 km/h|
|SS4||10:55||Løvhaugen 1||19.26 km||Mads Østberg||11:36.5||99.55 km/h|
|SS5||14:13||Vargåsen 2||24.63 km|| Per-Gunnar Andersson
|SS6||15:54||Likenäs 2||20.78 km||Sébastien Ogier||11:39.5||106.94 km/h|
|SS7||17:10||Løvhaugen 2||19.26 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||10:49.7||106.72 km/h|
|SS8||08:00||Lesjöfors 1||15.00 km||Sébastien Loeb||9:38.4||93.36 km/h|
|SS9||09:01||Sågen 1||14.23 km||Petter Solberg||7:44.0||110.41 km/h|
|SS10||10:06||Fredriksberg 1||18.15 km||Per-Gunnar Andersson||10:55.8||99.63 km/h|
|SS11||11:08||Värmullsåsen 1||15.42 km||Petter Solberg||8:40.2||107.40 km/h||Mikko Hirvonen|
|SS12||13:26||Lesjöfors 2||15.00 km||Sébastien Loeb||9:35.3||93.86 km/h|
|SS13||14:27||Sågen 2||14.23 km||Sébastien Loeb||7:50.1||108.97 km/h|
|SS14||15:32||Fredriksberg 2||18.15 km||Sébastien Ogier||11:02.2||98.67 km/h|
|SS15||16:34||Värmullsåsen 2||15.42 km||Sébastien Loeb||8:45.7||105.60 km/h|
|SS16||20:00||Karlstad Super Special Stage 2||1.90 km||Petter Solberg||1:38.9||69.16 km/h|
|SS17||07:51||Torntorp 1||19.21 km||Mikko Hirvonen||9:49.2||117.37 km/h|
|SS18||08:43||Gustavsfors 1||4.16 km||Mikko Hirvonen||2:22.1||105.39 km/h|
|SS19||09:37||Rämmen 1||22.76 km||Mikko Hirvonen||11:55.3||114.55 km/h|
|SS20||12:09||Torntorp 2||19.21 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||10:00.0||115.26 km/h|
|SS21||13:31||Rämmen 2||22.76 km||Jari-Matti Latvala||12:12.9||111.80 km/h|
|SS22||15:08||Gustavsfors 2 (Power Stage)||4.16 km||Sébastien Ogier||2:22.7||104.95 km/h|
The first ever "Power stage", a live televised 4.16 km short stage at the end of the rally, was held near the village of Gustavsfors.
|1||Sébastien Ogier||2:22.7||0.0||104.95 km/h||3|
|2||Sébastien Loeb||2:23.0||+0.3||104.73 km/h||2|
|3||Jari-Matti Latvala||2:23.4||+0.7||104.44 km/h||1|
Standings after the rallyEdit
- "Itineraries" (PDF). World Rally Championship. Rally Sweden; International Sportsworld Communicators. 2 February 2011. pp. 2–4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Rally Sweden 2011". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Hirvonen lands thrilling victory". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- Evans, David (13 February 2011). "Solberg's co-driver in surprise debut". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- "Co-driver Patterson takes the wheel in Sweden". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- "Maiden PWRC win for Semerad". World Rally Championship. International Sportsworld Communicators. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2011.