While Hyundai's Thierry Neuville remains in the battle for overall honours on Rally Sweden, he has already claimed one notable 'victory' with a record-breaking leap on SS18.

The Swedish event usually boasts its own set of tricky conditions, but the addition of the Colin's Crest Award for the longest flight on the Varg?sen stage adds an extra goal for the competitors battling through the ice and snow. Nearly ten thousand fans gather to see the cars travel in excess of 40 metres off the jump, and the 2015 event gave them two chances to witness the excitement as the route used Varg?sen for both SS14 and SS18.

Neuville's overall victory rival Andreas Mikkelsen held the upper hand in the race for the honour named after Colin McRae, having leapt 41 metres on the first pass through the stage, but Neuville was not to be outdone and kept the trophy in Hyundai's possession by shattering the record with a flight of 44 metres second time around.

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"I had a fantastic jump over Colin's Crest," the Belgian grinned, "It felt like a good jump and I am proud to pick up the award."

The leap was only part of a sublime run through SS18, with fastest time overall giving Neuville temporary control of the event after good use of tyre strategy kept him embroiled in a thrilling top three battle throughout the day's eight stages.

"It was another great day for us and it was a fantastic feeling to be leading the rally," he said, "I pushed hard and really enjoyed the stages. I don't think I have ever felt this good with the Hyundai i20 WRC."