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STOP PRESS: Ogier wins in Sweden

Sebastien Ogier wins Rally Sweden with Sebastien Loeb second and Mads Ostberg third

Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier has won Rally Sweden after a dominant performance in his Polo R WRC.

Ogier, who took the lead in the first 'proper' stage, ends the event, the second round in the 2013 FIA World Rally Championship, 41.8 seconds up on his closest rival and former Citroen team-mate, Sebastien Loeb.

Significantly, it is the first ever win for the new Volkswagen WRC team and it comes in only the team's second event with the Polo R WRC. Ogier also took the Power Stage honours too.

Mads Ostberg meanwhile completes the podium, followed by Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville. Juho Hanninen is sixth, with Martin Prokop, Henning Solberg, Evgeny Novikov and WRC2 class winner, Yazeed Al-Rajhi in positions 7 through to 10. Novikov had been on course for fifth, until an off in SS20, which cost the Russian over 10 minutes. That same test also claimed the scalp of Dani Sordo. The Spaniard had been in eighth. Sordo was the third major retirement, following the exit of Pontus Tidemand (engine) and Khalid Al-Qassimi (off) on Saturday.

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Rally Sweden: Overall standings after Stage 22 (Top 10):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 3h 11m 41.9s M
2. Sebastien Loeb Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +41.8s M
3. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +1m 24.5s M
4. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +1m 30.6s M
5. Thierry Neuville Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m 06.4s T
6. Juho Hanninen Qatar WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +5m 43.1s
7. Martin Prokop Jipocar Czech National TeamFord Fiesta RS WRC +11m 25.4s T
8. Henning Solberg Ford Fiesta RS WRC +11m 42.7s
9. Evgeny Novikov Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +13m 04.7s M
10. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC +16m 27.0s WRC2

Others:

11. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza +17m 10.5s WRC2
12. Michal Solowow Peugeot 207 S2000 +19m 32.2s
13. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +20m 32.1s WRC2
14. Michal Kosciousko Lotos Team WRC MINI John Cooper Works WRC +25m 08.9s T
17. Mikko Hirvonen Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT DS3 WRC +31m 19.0s M



Rally Sweden: Power Stage / SS22 (Top 3):

1. Sebastien Ogier Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC 9m 54.1s M
2. Jari-Matti Latvala Volkswagen Motorsport Polo R WRC +1.0s M
3. Mads Ostberg Qatar M-Sport WRT Ford Fiesta RS WRC +3.2s M

NOTE: Top three finishers in Power Stage are awarded bonus points. 1st = 3 points; 2nd = 2 points; 3rd = 1 point


WRC2 standings after Stage 22 (Top 3):

1. Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC 3h 28m 08.9s WRC2
2. Anders Grondal Subaru Impreza +43.5s WRC2
3. Sepp Wiegand Skoda Fabia S2000 +4m 05.1s WRC2


Notable retirements:

SS5. Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta RS WRC Mechanical*
SS5. Eyvind Brynildsen Ford Fiesta RRC Engine WRC2

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

SS20. Dani Sordo Abu Dhabi Citroen Total WRT DS3 WRC Accident

*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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Marcus - Unregistered

February 10, 2013 2:56 PM

This man is likely to be the 2013 world champion ! Miko hirvonen .... pfffff..... Msds ostberg ... watch his guy , I think : runner up . Dani sordo ... POOR .



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