Shakedown is done and, judging by the action, it looks like it'll be a close race this year.
The drivers loved the conditions and were able to push all the way through the snow and the snowbanks.
In WRC, Thierry Neuville proved he’s here to go for the win as he grabbed the best time. Østberg weren’t far off though and Ogier, who wants to continue on his winning streak after Monte Carlo, came in third after a late push on the fourth run.
In WRC2, Swedish driver Mattias Adielsson had the fastest time, with Kevin Abbring, GB, and fellow countryman, Pontus Tidemand, in second and third.
For full rundown of the results from Shakedown, please see:
On the opening press conference the drivers named the conditions in words of ”perfect” and ”the best I’ve experienced here”, and they all said they just want to get things going tonight.
Next up is SSS1 Karlstad at HiQ Arena, where the rally starts for real.
But, before that, please take a minute to watch the following video, as this is made for YOU.
A warm welcome, to Rally Sweden 2018!