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Ogier set for victory

Sebastien Ogier now leads Rally Sweden by 20.7 seconds with just three stages to go; Sebastien Loeb is second, with Mads Ostberg third, just 5 seconds up on Jari-Matti Latvala...

Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier paced himself through the opening loop this morning in Sweden as he closes in on the victory.

The Frenchman began the final day with a 26.9 second cushion, and while chief rival, Sebastien Loeb put in charge and took a hat-trick of stage wins, Ogier was second in all three tests to minimise the damage. The VW Polo R pilot now goes into the final three stages with a 20.7 second advantage.

“Okay, we lost some time,” Ogier told WRC Live after SS19, “But we could have been faster...”

“I pushed very hard,” Loeb added. “But there is nothing more to say, the gap is just too big.”

Behind, Mads Ostberg and Jari-Matti Latvala continue to battle over the final place on the podium, although the former remains 5 seconds ahead in his Qatar M-Sport WRT-run Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Evgeny Novikov rounds out the top five in the other Qatar M-Sport WRT entry, followed by team-mates Thierry Neuville and Juho Hanninen. Dani Sordo is now up to eighth and ahead of Martin Prokop, while Henning Solberg has slipped down to tenth, picking up a 4.5 minute penalty after he was 27 minutes late to TC17 due to alternator problems.

In WRC2, Yazeed Al-Rajhi took the lead in SS17 and then proceeded to pull out a 19.8 second advantage over former class leader, Anders Grondal. Sepp Wiegand remains third.

Rally Sweden now draws to a close with repeat runs through Kirkener and Finnskogen, before the Torsby Power Stage, which starts at 14.12 hours local time [13.12 hours British time].



Rally Sweden: Overall standings after Stage 19 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 2h 47m 11.8s M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +20.7s M
3. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 16.1s M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +1m 21.1s M
5. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +2m 09.5s M
6. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +4m 10.9s T
7. Juho Hanninen Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m 04.3s
8. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC +9m 31.5s
9. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National TeamFord Fiesta RS WRC +9m 51.1s T
10. Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +10m 43.8s

Others

11. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +14m 27.3s WRC2
12. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza +14m 47.1s WRC2
13. Michal Solowow Peugeot 207 S2000 +16m 58.9s
14. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +18m 08.6s WRC2
15. Yuriy Protasov Subaru Impreza WRX STi +22m 45.3s WRC2
16. Michal Kosciousko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +22m 45.3s T
18. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +27m 38.1s M
27. Jarkko Nikara Prodrive WRC Team MINI John Cooper Works WRC +52m 36.4s
28. Matthew Wilson Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +53m 36.9s


WRC2 standings after Stage 19 (Top 3):

1. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC 3h 01m 39.1s WRC2
2. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza +19.8s WRC2
3. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +3m 41.3s 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*
SS14/SS15. Khalid Al-Qassimi Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Went off T
SS16. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC Withdrew, co-driver unwell

*denotes re-started under Rally 2


all times unofficial



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

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