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Ogier continues to lead

“It has been a good morning and I have had a lot of confidence in the car,” Neuville added. “I haven't been pushing flat out, but we had a really good rhythm and I was happy with the pace we showed. I still need a bit more time to adapt fully to the car, but I am beginning to understand the fastest way to drive it. The pacenotes have also been working really well on this event. We've had a lot of snow since the recce so some of the notes are a little fast for the corners, but we will make the necessary changes and hopefully improve over the afternoon.”

Of the rest, fellow Ford men Henning Solberg and Martin Prokop hold positions 8 and 9, with Dani Sordo tenth in his Citroen, one spot ahead of WRC2 class leader, Anders Grondal.

In terms of retirements, Saturday's first loop took two major scalps, with Friday star, Pontus Tidemand and Britain's Matthew Wilson both going out in SS9. Tidemand, who had been sixth overall, was forced to park his Fiesta RS WRC due to engine problems, while Wilson rolled his example.

Rally Sweden now continues this afternoon with a repeat-run through this morning's four stages. SS13, Sagen 2, is due to start at 13.38 hours local time [12.38 hours British time].



Rally Sweden: Overall standings after Stage 12 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 1h 47m 21.3s M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +25.2s M
3. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +39.0s M
4. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +40.5s M
5. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 25.3s M
6. Juho Hanninen Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 23.4s
7. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 32.0s T
8. Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m 16.8s
9. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National TeamFord Fiesta RS WRC +6m 12.8s T
10. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +7m 26.9s


Others

11. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza +9m 52.8s WRC2
12. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +10m 10.4s WRC2
13. Michal Solowow Peugeot 207 S2000 +11m 00.2s
14. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +12m 27.2s WRC2


WRC2 standings after Stage 12 (Top 3):

1. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza 1h 57m 14.1s WRC2
2. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +17.6s WRC2
3. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +2m 34.4s WRC2


Notable retirements:

SS5. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC Mechanical*
SS9. Pontus Tidemand Ford Fiesta WRC Engine
SS9. Matthew Wilson Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC Went off the road

*denotes re-started under Rally 2


all times unofficial




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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
Jari-Matti Latvala / Miikka Anttila. Volkswagen Polo R WRC. Rally Sweden [Pic credit: Volkswagen]
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
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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McPloppy - Unregistered

February 09, 2013 11:20 AM

& Hapless trashes the car whilst running well down the leaderboard Thought someone said it was gonna be all change in the WRC in 2013. Looks kinda like same s*it different day to me



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