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Ogier grabs lead in Sweden

"This morning wasn't as good as I would have liked it to be. Especially on the first two stages [SS3 and SS4] I couldn't find a consistent rhythm and was a bit too careful," Hanninen stated. "But the last one [SS4] was much better. I was driving better and had a lot more confidence in the car and also the conditions. I hope this afternoon will be like this and that we can keep on improving."

There was no significant retirements, although a number of key competitors had problems. In addition to Ostberg, Mikko Hirvonen went off in the opening test of the day and lost over 20 minutes. Matthew Wilson and Khalid Al-Qassimi also had problems in Lesjofors and went off. Jarkko Nikara similarly lost time with an off, although in the following test, SS3. All four runners are now way down the order.

In WRC2, Anders Grondal leads the way, 10 seconds up on Yazeed Al-Rajhi, who had led overnight.

The action now continues this afternoon, with a repeat-run through this morning's three stages. The leg concludes with a second-run through the Karlstad SSS at 19.00 hours local time.



Rally Sweden: Overall standings after Stage 4 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 38m 26.0s M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +10.1s M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +10.9s M
4. Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta WRC +35.7s
5. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +37.8s M
6. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +40.0s M
7. Juho Hanninen Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 02.6s
8. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +1m 12.5s
9. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 24.2s T
10. Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 44.6s

Others

11. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 12.0s
12. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National TeamFord Fiesta RS WRC +2m 28.7s T
13. Michal Solowow Peugeot 207 S2000 +3m 56.9s
14. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza +3m 59.8s WRC2
15. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +4m 09.8s WRC2
16. Michal Kosciousko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +4.19.3s T
27. Matthew Wilson Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +7m 43.7s
33. Khalid Al-Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +10m 32.9s T
38. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +25m 23.5s M
39. Jarkko Nikara Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +46m 49.8s


WRC2 standings after Stage 4 (Top 3):

1. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza 42m 25.8s WRC2
2. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +10.0s WRC2
3. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +57.1s WRC2


Notable retirements:

None.


all times unofficial




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Sebastien Ogier (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport

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