Kimi Raikkonen has hit trouble on his WRC debut for the Citroen Junior Team after going off the road into a snow bank on the sixth stage in Sweden.

The Finn slid off into a snow bank shortly before the end of the stage and lost more than 26 minutes, dropping him down to 50th place in the standings - nearly half an hour away from the leaders.

Former WRC title winner Marcus Gronholm also ran into problems on SS6 after being forced to stop his Stobart Ford Focus for more than ten minutes due to an electrical issue, leaving the Finn outside the top 30 after he had been running inside the top six.

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The fifth stage had been just as a dramatic, with a number of drivers running into problems during the first test iof the afternoon. Sebastien Loeb lost the lead in difficult conditions as Mikko Hirvonen moved into the lead but further down the order, Petter Solberg went off the road twice and then ran into the rear of Matthew Wilson, who had passed Solberg in the stage but then stalled his car.

Mads Ostberg also went off the road on the stage and was suffering from engine problems.

Hirvonen now leads the event heading into SS7 ahead of Loeb, Dani Sordo and Jari-Matti Latvala.