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WRC Sweden: The Morning of Day 2

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Things got really interesting today. While the cars are in the service park now, let's take a look at what happened this morning.

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Volkswagen started the day with a 3 way lead. It was Ogier, Mikkelsen and Latvala in front. They all were really fast, and everyone was looking forward to a team battle for the win. But then the unbelievable happened: Ogier crashed. While the damage to the car wasn't severe, he was stuck in snow heavily and lost over 4 minutes. That means he's out of contention for a great result.

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From now on it was Latvala and Mikkelsen. The Youngster could hold the lead but then had a small moment that cost him around 5 seconds - enough to make Latvala pass him for first place. The gap between them is de facto non existent, so be prepared for a great battle.

Behind the dominant Polo's, Östberg improved his form and established himself in third place. Mikko Hirvonen, the Ford M-Sport lead driver, couldn't quite match him and is now in fourth. Ott Tänak, yesterdays surprise driver, spun and lost third place earlier, but is able to continue the rally.

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Newcomer Hyundai lost a car again, and just like in Monte Carlo it was Thierry Neuville who was at fault. He hit a stone with a wheel and destroyed the suspension, rendering him unable to continue. Now Hänninen is the only driver for Hyundai left.

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As for the rest, my personal favourite Kris Meeke battles with Pontus Tidemand for seventh place, and Robert Kubica hold P10. Take a look at the overall timing sheet for a detailed overview:

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That was it for Stage 8-11, after the Midday Service there will be 5 other Stages for today. I am really looking forward to see Latvala and Mikkelsen battle for the lead and to Östberg/Hirvonen fighting for the last podium spot. In the meantime, enjoy a short video from yesterdays action, courtesy of Bestofrallylive:

[Picturecredit (in order): holtenmedia.no, McKlein, Rally-Magazin.de]

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