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Gronholm looking good for Swedish success.

Solberg said: ''Today we were going to start to push, because the road conditions were similar for all of us. Unfortunately 18km into the first stage the car went onto two cylinders, then the oil warning light came on and then it just stopped. There was no point in continuing because we checked and there was no oil in the car. It wasn't the situation as Tommi (Mäkinen) yesterday - I didn't hit a snow bank and in fact, the engine problem was on a long straight.''

Of the other entries private World Rally Car crews have slipped down the order during today's stages. Janne Tuohino lost time in SS7 and SS8 and dropped to seventh by the end of the day, while Sebastian Lindholm has fought hard to keep his 206 WRC in the top ten, despite pressure from Toni Gardemeister and Juuso Pykalisto.

Stig-Olov Walfrdsson lost the lead of the Group N category in SS8 thanks to electrical problems. His glitches should have allowed Kenneth Backlund to assume control but the Swede suffered a puncture, so Juha Kangas now leads the class from Daniel Carlsson. None of the leading cars have registered for the FIA World Championship for Drivers of Production Cars, though - Kristian Sohlberg remains on course to claim maximum championship points, ahead of Toshihro Arai and Marko Ipatti.


Rally statistics:

Starters: 68 cars (30 group A and 38 Group N) restarted the rally

Retirements: Solberg (N) and 3 other drivers

Today - Saturday 2 February:
Leg 2 started from Karlstad at 06h00 and covered 670.48km, including 129.09km on six special stages.

Tomorrow - Sunday 3 February:
Leg 3 starts from Karlstad at 06h00 and covers 509.27km, including 128.82km on five special stages. The first car is expected to arrive at the finish control in Karlstad at 16h15.

Weather forecast:
Mild and overcast, with chance of rain showers


Stage by stage summary - Leg two:

SS6 Granberget 2 (40.51kms):
1. McRae (GB) Ford 19m 59.7
2. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 20m 01.0
3. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 20m 05.8

Leaders after SS6:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 1h 26m 12.9
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 1h 26m 18.6
3. McRae (GB) Ford 1h 26m 53.1

SS7 Fredriksberg 2 (18.14kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 9m 15.8
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 9m 28.1
3. Radstrom (S) Citroen 9m 30.6

Leaders after SS7:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 1h 35m 28.7
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 1h 35m 46.7
3. Sainz (E) Ford 1h 37m 22.3

SS8 Lejen 2 (28.07kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 13m 58.4
2. Eriksson (S) Skoda 14m 03.1
3. Loeb (F) Citroen 14m 05.5

Leaders after SS8:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 1h 49m 27.1
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 1h 49m 56.5
3. Sainz (E) Ford 1h 51m 31.4

SS9 Malta (11.25kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 5m 34.9
2. Radstrom (S) Citroen 5m 39.1
3. Sainz (E) Ford 5m 40.7

Leaders after SS9:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 1h 55m 02.0
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 1h 55m 40.9
3. Sainz (E) Ford 1h 57m 12.1

SS10 Hara (11.91kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 5m 59.2
2. Radstrom (S) Citroen 6m 02.4
3. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 6m 03.5

Leaders after SS10:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 2h 02m 01.2
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 2h 02m 44.4
3. Sainz (E) Ford 2h 04m 18.4

SS11 Torntorp 1 (19.21kms):
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 10m 14.8
2. Sainz (E) Ford 10m 19.1
3. Radstrom (S) Citroen 10m 20.2

Leaders after SS11:
1. Gronholm (FIN) Peugeot 2h 12m 16.0
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot +50.1
3. Sainz (E) Ford +2m 21.5
4. Loix (B) Hyundai +2m 52.2
5. Burns (GB) Peugeot +2m 52.7
6. Eriksson (S) Skoda +2m 58.0
7. Tuohino (FIN) Ford +3m 18.4
8. A.McRae (GB) Mitsubishi +3m 19.6
9. Kankkunen (FIN) Hyundai +3m 37.3
10. Lindholm (FIN) Peugeot +3m 47.7






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