Latvala takes WRC Rally Sweden lead

2017-02-10 17:19:04

Jari-Matti Latvala is the early leader of Rally Sweden, edging Thierry Neuville in the opening Karlstad test. Latvala's Toyota Yaris was 0.9s quicker than Rally Monte-Carlo winner Ogier in their head-to-head duel around the 1.90km special stage at the town's trotting track.

Latvala (pictured), who finished second in Monte-Carlo, was 0.6s ahead of Thierry Neuville's Hyundai i20 Coupe, who in turn was 0.2s faster in his heat against Ott Tänak. Dani Sordor beat Craig Breen to take the third spot, with Tanak four and Ogier fifth. Mads Ostberg, quickest in the morning Shakedown in his 2017-spec Fiesta debut, defeated Kris Meeke's Citroën C3 for sixth.

"Now I just need to hold the horses. I'll just try to get a good rhythm tomorrow, that's the important thing," Latvala said, according to "I used my shakedown tires, which are not so nice but good enough to do the stage," he said. "It wasn't a perfect stage, but good enough. I wasn't so happy with the balance. It's quite tricky out there, I planned to do better than that."

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