Ogier holds Rally of Sweden lead

Sebastien Ogier (AFP)
Sebastien Ogier (AFP)

Karlstad - Triple world champion Sebastien Ogier of France held his overnight lead in the Rally of Sweden after Saturday's first four specials.

However, Ogier, who won the season opener in Monte Carlo last month, saw his lead cut by New Zealand's Hayden Paddon, who clawed back more than ten seconds and is now 15.9sec behind in a Hyundai.

Norway's Mads Ostberg is sitting third at 42.6sec in a Ford Fiesta, with the final stage of the day, SS17, a super-special covering two-kilometres at Karlstad.

Ogier was fastest in the first special of the second day, SS10, and last SS16, while his VW Polo-R teammate Jari-Matti Latvala of Finland was fastest in the two others -- SS12 and SS14.

Rally of Sweden results on Saturday after the second day:

1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/VW Polo-R) 1hr 50min 25.8sec, 2. Hayden Paddon (NZL/Hyundai i20) at 15.9sec, 3. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 42.6, 4. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/VW Polo-R) 1:07.1, 5. Ott Tnak (EST/Ford Fiesta RS) 1:32.9, 6. Dani Sordo (ESP/Hyundai i20) 1:56.6, 7. Henning Solberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta) 2:17.6, 8. Craig Breen (IRL/Citroen DS3) 2:19.1, 9. Elfyn Evans (GBR/Ford Fiesta R5) 4:45

Stage winners: Ogier 5 (SS2, SS3, SS4, SS10, SS16), Meeke 1 (SS7), Paddon 2 (SS8, SS9), Latvala 2 (SS12, SS14)

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