I am really sorry for not posting any updates. I know my latest blog was about the new livery of Kimi’s and Ken’s car. Actually, loads of things happened during this month and I am going to write about everything, beginning with the opener WRC race in Sweden.
It was the second time for Kimi Räikkönen to race in Sweden. He already gained experiences racing on snow last year. Actually, his driving skills really improved and he feels the car much better. He got stuck less as last year.
His stage times were pretty good, always around the 8th best time. SS15 was the best for him. Kimi ran the 4th best time. Overall Kimi Räikkönen finished 8th scoring his first 4 points in this season driving for his own team ICE One Racing.
Ken Block was experiencing driving on studded tyres for the first time during the Rally Sweden. He has never raced on studded tyres. He arrived to Sweden few days earlier to practice driving on these tyres at Solberg’s place. Ken also ran a video blog on his Facebook page. He shared his feelings and thoughts with us. It was a tough racing weekend for him. However, he was improving from stage to stage.
The worst stage for him was the SS11 when he got stuck pretty much in a snow bank. The spectators in Sweden were amazing and helped him and his co-driver Alex Gelsomino out of the snow. Afterwards, Ken thanked to all the fans for helping them out.
However, the weekend wasn’t that bad for Ken Block. He has won the Colin’s Crest Award for the longest leap. Ken “jumped” 37 meters with the Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Colin’s Crest is named in memory of Colin McRae, a 1995 world rally champion. He died in a helicopter accident in 2007. Colin and Ken were friends. Block was very pleased winning this award. He said in the interview for WRC.com:
“This means a lot to me because I sucked everywhere else so at least I was good there.”
Ken Block finished this event 14th overall.
The winner of the Rally Sweden was Mikko Hirvonen 6.4 sec before M. Ostberg and 34 sec before J. Latvala.