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Ogier heads qualifying in Sweden

“I expect consistent conditions on the special stages, with a lot of the surface being ice. In that situation, it is important not to have to open the stage, as loose snow on the ice could ultimately cost you time.”

“It's not a great result,” Loeb conceded, “and it'll undoubtedly leave us with very little choice when it comes to selecting our starting position. But in any case, this rally is a challenge for me. I came here to compete precisely because it's not easy! The conditions seem okay to me; it has snowed a lot since the start of recce. If it gets a lot colder, it should be perfect.”

Drivers will now select their start positions this evening, 60 minutes or so before the first test, the short Karlstad super special, which will start at 20.04 hours local time [19.04 hours UK time]. The action then gets underway 'proper' on Friday, with SS2, Lesjofors 1, due to start at 08.39 hours local time [07.39 hours UK time].



Rally Sweden: Qualifying stage:

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 1m 51.357s M
2. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +0.900s M
3. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +1.564s M
4. Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta WRC +2.448s
5. Juho Hanninen Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2.561s
6. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +2.705s M
7. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3.038s T
8. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +3.468s M
9. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4.193s M
10. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +4.787s
11. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National TeamFord Fiesta RS WRC +5.714s T
12. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6.197s
13. Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +6.724s
14. Khalid Al-Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +6.830s T
15. Matthew Wilson Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10.181s
16. Michal Kosciousko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +10.305s T

all times unofficial




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Sebastien Ogier (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila. Volkswagen Polo R WRC. Rally Sweden [Pic credit: Volkswagen]
Sebastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia. Volkswagen Polo R WRC. Rally Sweden [Pic credit: Volkswagen]

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