In tricky road conditions around Hagfors and Karlstad, the reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier went off in the first stage of the second day, losing more than 4 minutes in a snowbank while he was leader. Teammate Jari -Matti Latvala made the most of it to take his third win in Sweden almost 54 seconds ahead of fellow VW driver Andreas Mikkelsen. Sweden rally remained a Nordic affaire, as it was in 1950 and 2003, before the advent of Sébastien Loeb’s win, as Ostberg rounded up the podium following an healthy come-back .
384 . – This is the number of spikes per tire in Sweden, the lone round held 100 percent on snow-covered roads in the season. These tungsten spikes protrude by 6.5 millimetres tungsten. They are a key factor in grip and hence performance performance. Their efficiency peaks in icy conditions.
“I am very happy to be on the podium in Sweden for the fourth time ! ” Ostberg is a new Citroën driver this season but he is used to Rally Sweden. Norwegian debuted 18 in 2006. It was the main podium chance for Citroën. Teammate Kris Meeke still finished 10th.
Rally Sweden ? Not totally actually. The 324 km special stages were partly accross the Norway border for four special during the first day.
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