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Loeb breaks Nordic domination.

In the Production Car World Rally Championship category Jani Paasonen took the opening round honours in his Mitsubishi Lancer. The Finn had controlled the pace in the Group N-based series from the outset, although he was concerned by an engine fault, which was developing over the final leg.

Britain's Alister McRae returned to the world championship and took second place in the Production Car standings at the wheel of a Subaru Impreza, while Daniel Sola completed the top three.

Swedish racing driver Matthias Ekstrom won the Group N category overall, taking a comfortable victory at the wheel of his Mitsubishi Lancer.

The WRC now moves to North America next month for the eagerly anticipated third round of the FIA World Rally Championship - Rally Mexico. Starting on Thursday 11 March the brand new three-day gravel event will be based around a single service park in the host town of Leon. Crews will contest a mixture of mountainous gravel roads and a competitive distance of 394.43 kilometres, over three Legs and 15 stages. The longest stage will be the Ibarilla - Mesa test at 30.47km, and the shortest the 15.42km Derramadero stage.





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Citroen`s Sebastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena celebrate their historic victory on the Swedish Rally, which broke the Nordic domination of the event
Citroen celebrate in Sweden after Sebastien Loeb`s victory
Swedish Rally winners, Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena [Citroen] on the podium with Marcus Gronholm and Timo Rautianen [2nd] and Petter Solberg and Phil Mills [3rd]
21.05.2017 - 1st place Sébastien Ogier (FRA)-Julien Ingrassia (FRA) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team, 2nd place Thierry Neuville (BEL)-Nicolas Gilsoul (BEL) Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport and 3rd place Dani Sordo (ESP)-Marc Marti (ESP),Hyundai i2 Coupe WRC, Hyundai Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Fabio Andolfi (ITA) Manuel Fenoli (ITA) HYUNDAI i20 R5, ACI TEAM ITALIA
21.05.2017 - HIROKI ARAI (JPN) - GLENN MACNEALL (AUS) FORD FIESTA R5, TOMMI MÄKINEN RACING
21.05.2017 - HIROKI ARAI (JPN) - GLENN MACNEALL (AUS) FORD FIESTA R5, TOMMI MÄKINEN RACING
21.05.2017 - TEEMU SUNINEN (FIN) - MIKKO MARKKULA (FIN) FORD FIESTA R5, M-SPORT WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - Pontus Tidemand (SWE)-Jonas Andersson (SWE) Skoda Fabia R5 WRC2, Skoda Motorsport
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)-Anders Jaeger (NOR) SKODA FABIA R5, SKODA MOTORSPORT
21.05.2017 - JEAN-MICHEL RAOUX (FRA) - THOMAS ESCARTEFIGUE (FRA) CITROEN DS3 WRC
21.05.2017 - Valeriy Gorban (UKR)-Sergei Larens (EST) BMW‐Mini John Cooper Works, Eurolamp World Rally Team
21.05.2017 - Martin Prokop (CZE) - Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, ONEBET JIPOCAR WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - Martin Prokop (CZE) - Jan Tomanek (CZE) Ford Fiesta RS WRC, ONEBET JIPOCAR WORLD RALLY TEAM
21.05.2017 - SHEIK KHALID AL QASSIMI (ARE) - CHRIS PATTERSON (GBR) CITROEN C3 WRC, CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
21.05.2017 - SHEIK KHALID AL QASSIMI (ARE) - CHRIS PATTERSON (GBR) CITROEN C3 WRC, CITROËN TOTAL ABU DHABI WRT
21.05.2017 - Mads Ostberg (NOR)-Ola Floene (NOR) Ford Fiesta WRC, M‐Sport World Rally Team

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