The Toyota driver Jari-Matti Latvala took the lead after the first superspecialty Karlstad, Rally Sweden.
Latvala, who finished in second place on Rallye Monte-Carlo, ahead of the 0.6 second ward Hyundai of Thierry Neuville.
The Belgian left no chance to the rider M-Sport Ford Fiesta Ott Tanaka to fight one on one. Neville took quite extensively during the start, unlike its partners at Hyundai, hard started the race on icy and snow-covered road.
The third result showed another Hyundai driver Dani Sordo, and the five was closed by the Ott Tanak and Sebastien Ogier.
Mads Ostberg, who made his debut on the Swedish stage behind the wheel of a Fiesta, slipped to sixth place and a total of Latvala lost only 1.2 seconds.
Not the best start was from Citroen’s Kris Meeke complained about the poor start. In the end, until he was satisfied with only the seventh result.
The top 10 was closed by Juho Hanninen, Elfyn Evans and racer WRC2 OLE Christian Wybie. Norwegian, participating in his fourth stage, ahead of the pilot Skoda and favorite of the local audience of Pontus Tidemand.
|1.||Jari-Matti Latvala||Gazoo Racing Toyota Yaris||1.34,1|
|2.||Thierry Neuville||Hyundai i20 Coupe||+0,6|
|3.||Dani Sordo||Hyundai i20 Coupe||+0,7|
|4.||Ott Tanak||M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS||+0,8|
|5.||Sebastien Ogier||M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS||+0,9|
|6.||Mads Ostberg||OneBetJipoCar Ford Fiesta RS||+1,2|
|7.||Kris Meeke||Citroen C3 Abu Dhabi||+2,0|
|8.||Juho Hänninen||Gazoo Racing Toyota Yaris||+2,1|
|9.||Elfyn Evans||DMACK M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS||+2,1|
|10.||OLE Christian Wybie||Skoda Motorsport Fabia R5||+2,4|
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