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Rally Sweden: Ogier inches out lead, Latvala wins short night stage

Sebastien Ogier has increased his overall lead at Rally Sweden with just the Power stage remaining as his Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala claims SS17 win.
Click here for full WRC Rally Sweden overall classification results after SS17.

Sebastien Ogier has inched out his overall lead at Rally Sweden with just the Power stage remaining and looks set for victory as his Volkswagen team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala claimed the last stage victory on Saturday's second leg.

With Paddon aiming to chip away at Ogier's lead of 15.9 seconds over the short 1.9km SS17 the Hyundai Motorsport driver conceded 1.2 seconds to the three-time reigning WRC champion over Karlstad 2 to fall 17.1 seconds adrift overall.

Due to the warmer temperatures melting large amounts of snow and ice across Scandinavia in the build-up to Rally Sweden, event organisers have slashed the stage numbers which leaves just the Power stage, Varmullsasen 2. left to run on the final day.

It means Paddon has 15.87km to chase Ogier down and barring a mechanical failure or mistake, the Volkswagen Motorsport driver will secure his second consecutive win in Sweden.

After retiring on the opening day Jari-Matti Latvala returned to action under WRC Rally 2 regulations and grabbed the stage victory by an impressive margin of 2.7s from Ott Tanak, considering the top ten were split by four seconds.

As a result of the compact results from the only stage in the evening the overall classification remained unchanged with M-Sport's Mads Ostberg occupying the final podium place ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen and Ott Tanak.

Dani Sordo has held on to sixth place ahead of WRC legend Henning Solberg with Citroen WRC debutant Craig Breen in eighth.

In WRC 2, Elfyn Evans maintains top spot and ninth overall ahead of Pontus Tidemand who rounds out the classification top ten.

Click here for full WRC Rally Sweden overall classification results after SS17.



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