The Two Rare WRC2 Feats Achieved At Rally Sweden

February 28, 2024Joe Moore

Rally Sweden saw two very rare feats achieved in the WRC2 class. Find out what they were below. 

WRC2 Car Top Three Overnight 

Oliver Solberg achieved something that has only been seen a handful of times in the WRC. That achievement was ending a day top three overall in a Rally2 car. The last driver to do this was somebody Oliver knows very well. As well, the last driver to do so was Oliver’s father, Petter Solberg. Petter ended the first day of Rally Wales GB 2019 third overall, 1.2 seconds behind Thierry Neuville. Petter was piloting a Volkswagen Polo R5 at the event. Four years and some months later Oliver stuck his Skoda Fabia Rally2 in the top three to end a day. As Oliver ended the second day of Rally Sweden 2024 third overall, a minute and 17.5 seconds behind Takamoto Katsuta. 

A Rally2 Car Wins A Stage Outright 

Georg Linnamäe kicked off his WRC2 season at Rally Sweden. The Estonian decided to kick it off with a bit of a bang. As Linnamäe took home the outright stage win on SS5. Linnamäe set a time 2.4 seconds faster than Oliver Solberg to top the first stage of his career. Oddly enough there is another feat accomplished by this stage win. As Linnamäe’s stage win on SS5 happened to be the first stage won by a Toyota GR Yaris Rally2 in the WRC2 class. The last WRC2 driver to top a stage outright was Josh McErlean on the 16th stage of Rally Portugal 2022. Sure this was a SuperSpecial stage. However, the top Rally1 car finished 13th overall, only 0.3 seconds faster than a WRC3 car. The last full stage won by a WRC2 car was the 2020 running of the Monza Rally. Where Umberto Scandola won SS11 by posting a time 12.2 seconds faster than Sebastien Ogier.