A complete damper change at the mid-day service helped P-G Andersson move further ahead of the rest of the Super 2000 World Rally Championship field on Rally Sweden this afternoon.
Andersson was forced to watch as his two-minute lead was beginning to be eroded by an increasingly confident Craig Breen (Ford), with the two-time Junior World Rally Champion unable to find the grip he needed on the snowy Swedish stages. But, a 30-minute service from the PROTON Motorsports team was all the car needed for him to be back on form through the afternoon.
Andersson, whose lead was close to three minutes at the end of the second day, said: “It was quite tricky this morning, the rear of the car was sliding all of the time. But this afternoon, it was perfect. We changed all of the dampers on the car and it was very good fun to drive again. This afternoon the car was like new again, we could push and we had confidence to take the time back. It’s not so nice to watch as your rivals are taking your lead away!”
PROTON team principal Chris Mellors explained the situation, saying: “We discovered that the ice was beginning to build up in the dampers and make them stick. We swapped them all and he’s flying again now.”