Sebastien Ogier moves into clear Rally Sweden lead

Snowy duel with Volkswagen teammate Latvala unfolds as Citroen’s Ostberg slips back to fourth.

Sebastien Ogier moves into clear Rally Sweden lead
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia, Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier has eased out a 9.1s lead on the opening morning of Rally Sweden, the Frenchman winning three of the four stages so far as the rally entered the proper forests.

His VW Polo teammate, Jari-Matti Latvala, fought back on SS4 to take his first stage win of the event, but Ogier struck again on the final test before regroup.

“Maybe I’m not relaxed enough,” shrugged Latvala of his deficit to Ogier.

VW Polo one-two-three already

Andreas Mikkelsen has made it a VW one-two-three, but is already 19.6s down on Ogier.

Mads Ostberg is the first non-VW in his Citroen, and is just 2.4s behind his fellow Norwegian.

Thierry Neuville is the first Hyundai in fifth, ahead of Britons Kris Meeke (Citroen) and Elfyn Evans (Ford).

Leading positions after SS4:

Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Ogier Volkswagen 31:13.9 2. Latvala Volkswagen +9.1 3. Mikkelsen Volkswagen +19.6 4. Ostberg Citroen +22.0 5. Neuville Hyundai +36.8 6. Meeke Citroen +54.0 7. Evans Ford +1:01.5 8. Tanak Ford +1:04.5 9. Kubica Ford +1:09.7 10. Prokop Ford +1:25.5 
shares
comments
A Swede leads in Sweden
Previous article

A Swede leads in Sweden

Next article

Ogier hits trouble after forgetting to pin his bonnet down

Ogier hits trouble after forgetting to pin his bonnet down
Load comments
How Monte masters stole the show as WRC's hybrid era blasted off Prime

How Monte masters stole the show as WRC's hybrid era blasted off

The new Rally1 hybrid cars made their competition debuts in Monte Carlo, but it was two semi-retired drivers who took centre stage in a thrilling battle between two of the World Rally Championship's most successful names. Here's how Sebastien Loeb completed a remarkable return on his M-Sport debut by beating reigning champion Sebastien Ogier

WRC
Jan 24, 2022
The WRC heirs scrapping to assume Ogier's throne in 2022 Prime

The WRC heirs scrapping to assume Ogier's throne in 2022

Eight-time World Rally Championship king Sebastien Ogier has abdicated (well, gone part-time) in 2022, meaning for just the second time in the past decade we will have a different champion this year. We pick out the drivers gunning to take his place and take over the mantle as the WRC's new ruler

WRC
Jan 20, 2022
The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival Prime

The WRC star that's earned the right to lead M-Sport's revival

Part-time opportunities with Citroen and Hyundai have offered brief glimpses of what Craig Breen can do in a World Rally Championship car. Now signed up by M-Sport to lead it into the WRC's new hybrid era, Breen has been given the chance he's pursued for so long and is determined to make the most of it

WRC
Jan 18, 2022
Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best Prime

Why the WRC's 'modern Group B' era was rallying at its bonkers best

The World Rally Championship has brought down the curtain on the aggressive, aero-laden generation of cars first introduced in 2017 that have been likened to the 1980s Group B icons. As the championship prepares to begin a new era of Rally1 hybrid cars, its stars explain just why the outgoing machines were so special

WRC
Dec 24, 2021
Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021 Prime

Ranking the top 10 WRC drivers of 2021

On the eve of a new hybrid era for the World Rally Championship, the 2021 season was a blockbuster fought out between Toyota's two top dogs, with a familiar figure eventually emerging on top after a final showdown at Monza. We pick out the 10 best performers from the top class and its supporting cast

WRC
Dec 21, 2021
Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour Prime

Why Ogier's WRC swansong was a season to savour

He’s shuffling into semi-rally-retirement, but Toyota star Sebastien Ogier was at the peak of his powers in the final season for the high downforce era-World Rally Championship cars. Despite Toyota's domination, there was still much to enjoy as the old master emerged atop a fierce title fight against teammate Elfyn Evans.

WRC
Dec 19, 2021
How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers Prime

How WRC legend Ogier will be remembered by his peers

After winning his eighth WRC title, Sebastien Ogier has drawn the curtain on his full-time rallying career. To understand Ogier's legacy, many of his former rivals, team-mates and colleagues have shared their thoughts on a vastly successful career

WRC
Nov 26, 2021
Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies Prime

Ranking lost WRC legend Richard Burns' 10 best rallies

Richard Burns was a determined driver who took on the best rally drivers in the world during a boom period in the early 2000s, and beat them. On the 20th anniversary of his crowning glory in winning the 2001 WRC title, and 16 years on from his death on the same date, we pick out his 10 greatest drives

WRC
Nov 25, 2021