Royal Scandinavia: Oliver Solberg wins the qualification, Mathieu Franceschi 10th.

While the serious things will only really begin tomorrow with the first stage, the competitors in this 3rd round of the ERC championship competed against each other during the shakedown and qualifying. Oliver Solberg is already there with the best time.

Published on 13/06/2024 à 15:22

Loïc ROCCI

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Royal Scandinavia: Oliver Solberg wins the qualification, Mathieu Franceschi 10th.

As expected, Oliver Solberg is already the fastest in Sweden (Photo: Nikos Katikis/DPPI)

The shakedown took place a few kilometers northeast of Karlstad, the host city of the event. Traced in a forest located around a hill called Galtryggen (109 m), this section measured 4,64 km. During the morning, the first passes of the pilots gave an interesting trend. Oliver Solberg was the fastest ahead of Mads Ostberg, Frank Tore Larsen and Isak Reiersen. As was to be expected, the Nordics were present at the meeting.

This was confirmed during the qualifying special. Further improving his time (1'55''2 against 1'56''4 previously), Oliver Solberg took the best time. The 22-year-old Swede will therefore be able to choose his position first in the starting order for stage 1. The local was ahead of his compatriot Reiersen who demonstrated that his previous performance was not an accident. Always comfortable on fast roads, Martins Sesks ranked 3e ahead of the Pole Mikolaj Marczyk. Although playing few rally, Johan Kristoffersson offered himself on the 5the time distancing candidates for victory like Mikko Heikkilä (6e), Hayden Paddon (7e) or Frank Tore Larsen (8e) less frisky than in the morning.

At the wheel of his Skoda Fabia RS, Mathieu Franceschi was content to finish 10e. The championship leader is still ahead of regulars in theERC, Mads Ostberg (11e) or Efren Llarena only 12e. Regarding Petter Solberg, there was no miracle. Almost 50 years old, the Norwegian who has not raced since 2019 took the 17th rank. Depending on the choices of the better ranked drivers, the 2003 world champion could find himself 1er on the road which will give him the opportunity to put on a show.

The first stage of this event held in Värmland will begin this evening with a 2,23 km superspecial. Friday, 8 special stages are on the program for just over 80 timed kilometers.

 

Loïc ROCCI

Journalist specializing in rallying past, present and future... and with a southern accent

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