Thu 13 Jun 2024

Solberg sets the Royal standard with ERC Qualifying Stage best

Oliver Solberg has set the standard on the Qualifying Stage for BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia, topping the 4.64-kilometre Galtryggen test in a time of 1min 55.269sec.

Driving a Pirelli-equipped Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 alongside co-driver Elliott Edmondson, last year’s event winner beat childhood friend Isak Reiersen, who recorded a time of 1min 55.301sec at the wheel of an identical car (pictured below).  

Mārtiṇš Sesks (Team MRF Tyres Toyota GR Yaris Rally2) set a time of 1min 55.944sec to round out the top three as Michelin runner Miko Marczyk (ORLEN Team Škoda) went fourth quickest with a 1min 55.948sec effort, despite reporting that the pop-off valve in his Škoda had opened twice during the run.  

Multiple World Rallycross champion Johan Kristoffersson (Kristoffersson Motorsport Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) was fifth quickest (1min 56.193sec) with Mikko Heikkilä (Steve Five Motorsport Toyota) sixth.

Pirelli-equipped Hayden Paddon, who is defending his ERC title in a BRC Racing Team-run Hyundai i20 N Rally2, was seventh quickest followed by Polo-driving Norwegians Frank Tore Larsen and Eyvind Brynildsen and ERC points leader Matthieu Franceschi.  

Mads Østberg (pictured below) said the feeling from his Citroën C3 Rally2 was akin to driving on ice but was at a loss to explain why. He was 11th fastest for the TRT Rally Team in a time of 1min 56.774sec. Efrén Llarena (Team MRF Tyres), the 2022 ERC champion, was next followed by Simone Tempestini.   

The multiple Romanian champion is taking part on his first event since winning the ERC season-opening V-Híd Rally Hungary in April but reckoned he braked too early for two corners.

Andrea Mabellini and Hankook-equipped Filip Mareš completed the top 15 followed by Jon Armstrong (Ford Fiesta Rally2), M-Sport’s ERC3 champion from 2023, who said his run through the 4.64-kilometre Galtryggen wasn’t his best.  

BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia competitive action begins with a mixed-surface super special stage from 20:05 local time today (Thursday). The 2.23-kilometre test finishes in front of the Välsviken branch of the BAUHAUS home and garden improvement store chain a short distance from central Karlstad.  

The event then resumes with SS2, 10.18-kilometre Grönlund 1 stage, from 07:51 on Friday.

Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM