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Hyundai man leaves est in snow dust

Hyundai's Thierry Neuville was in control of Rally Sweden as he stretched his advantage to over 40 seconds during the shortened Saturday afternoon loop, after the 31.6km Knon stage - the longest test of the loop was cancelled , leaving just two stages in the route.

Neuville leads Toyota's Jari-Matti Latvala, who came under pressure from the charging Ott Tanak in the morning, but responded by topping SS13, albeit just 1.1s quicker than the Estonian, before Latvala lost six seconds to the M-Sport Ford driver with the gap down to just four seconds. Neuville was quickest in SS14 to advantage over Latvala to 43.3s.

Ogier continues in fourth, the Frenchman now relieved from some pressure after Citroen's Meeke hit a snow bank and lost more than eight minutes while his stricken C3 WRC was recovered.It was Meeke's second mistake in as many rallies, following his crash and eventual retirement in Monte Carlo, to allow Hyundai's Dani Sordo, the second Citroen of Craig Breen and DMACK's Elfyn Evans to all gain positions.

Paddon, who went from sixth to 10th due to power steering problems in the morning, took two positions back by passing Meeke and the 2016-spec Citroen of Stephane Lefebvre, while Pontus Tidemand continues to lead the WRC2 class, and now completes the top 10 overall.