Hyundai star leads again on the snow
As he did in Monte Carlo, Hyundai's Thierry Neuville led Rally Sweden Friday morning, winning the opening two stages to dispose overnight leader, Toyota's Thursday Super Special winner Jari-Matti Latvala.
The Belgian took two seconds off Kris Meeke in the opening Röjden stage to move ahead, before edging Latvala by 0.6sec in stage 2, to ead by 4.6sec. “The car was jumping around a lot in SS2," Neuville reported. "I wasn’t so happy with the suspension at the rear but it was a little bit better in the next one, more stable, but my pace notes were too fast in places and I was losing confidence and slowing down in places." he said.
Fourth and second for Latvala was a solid start to the day spent in Norway, where he reported that his Toyota Yaris topped 200km/h several times during the fastest sections of SS3 as he held second overall, with Meeke a further 4.4sec behind in third in his Citroën C3,ahead of Dani Sordo’s Hyundai i20 and local hero Mads Østberg next up
Craig Breen was third in SS3 to sit just inside the top 10 on his Citroën C3 debut but it was a tough morning for road opener Sébastien Ogier. The Frenchman struggled for grip on the loose snow and was tied for eighth with Breen, 14.1sec off the lead...