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Neuville stays clear as Tanak sweeps stage wins

Thierry Neuville has extended his overnight lead to over half a minute on Jari-Matti Latvala as Ott Tanak cements third place.
Thierry Neuville has extended his overnight lead at Rally Sweden to over half a minute on Jari-Matti Latvala as Ott Tanak cements third place with a hat-trick of stage wins on the morning of day three.

The Hyundai Motorsport driver steered clear of danger over the opening three stages of day three to remain top and has opened up his lead on Latvala to 32.8 seconds at the end of SS11 Vargasen 1.

Despite not putting a wheel wrong, Latvala was unable to match the unflustered consistency from Neuville and has one stage fewer to claw back the time deficit after SS12 Knon 2 was cancelled by organisers under safety recommendations from the FIA due to high speeds produced by the 2017 WRC machines this morning on the same route.

Behind the top two, M-Sport Ford duo Tanak and Sebastien Ogier tussled for the final rostrum spot with the Estonian easing his advantage over the four-time WRC champion to 14.2 seconds thanks to his hat-trick of stage wins, on top of his SS8 Torsby 1 win last night.

Despite struggling with conditions Kris Meeke has held on to his top five place for the factory Citroen effort with a sizeable gap between Dani Sordo in the second Hyundai.

Craig Breen holds a comfortable seventh place over DMACK Ford's Elfyn Evans with Stephane Lefebvre pinching ninth from a fading Hayden Paddon who has slipped from sixth to tenth this morning after losing power steering in his Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.

In WRC2, Skoda's Pontus Tidemand continues to provide cheer for the home crowd with the Swedish star over a minute in the lead from Teemu Suninen.
by Haydn Cobb



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20.01.2017 - Thierry Neuville (BEL)-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
12.02.2017 - 1st place Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN)-Miikka Anttila (FIN) Toyota Yaris WRC, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT, 2nd place Ott Tanak (EAU)-Martin Jarveoja (EST),Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team and 3rd place Sébastien Ogier (FRA)-Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team
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12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Eric Camilli (FRA)-Benjamin Veillas (FRA) Ford Fiesta, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
12.02.2017 - Podium WRC 2, 1st place Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport, 2nd place Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team and 3rd place Ole Christian VEIBY (NOR) - Stig Rune SKJÆRMOEN (NOR) Skoda Fabia R5, Printsport
12.02.2017 - WRC 2, Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport race winner
12.02.2017 - Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Teemu SUNINEN (FIN) - Mikko MARKKULA (FIN) Ford Fiesta R5, M‐Sport World Rally Team
12.02.2017 - Henning Solberg (NOR)- Ilka Minor (AUT) Ford Fiesta RS WRC
12.02.2017 - Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA)-Gabin Moreau (FRA) Citroen DS3, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
12.02.2017 - Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA)-Gabin Moreau (FRA) Citroen DS3, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT
12.02.2017 - Stéphane Lefebvre (FRA)-Gabin Moreau (FRA) Citroen DS3, Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT

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