2013 Rally Sweden – Day 1: Loeb goes quickest

Sebastien Loeb kicked off his Rally Sweden campaign by going fastest on Thursday night’s superspecial, 0.5 seconds ahead of Volkswagen’s Jari-Matti Latvala and Qatar M-Sport Ford’s Evgeny Novikov.

Mads Ostberg and Mikko Hirvonen were both tied in fourth and fifth respectively, a further 0.2 seconds away from Loeb. Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo follow closely in sixth and seventh.

Sebastien Ogier, who went quickest on the day’s qualifying stage, was in a head-to-head battle with Loeb until he lost 2.5 seconds for swiping a snowbank in his Polo R WRC; he enters day 2 in 9th place.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car             Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastien Loeb      Citroen              1h34m52s
 2.  Jari-Matti Latvala  VW                    + 0.5s
 3.  Evgeny Novikov      Qatar M-Sport Ford    + 0.5s
 4.  Mads Ostberg        Qatar M-Sport Ford    + 0.7s
 5.  Mikko Hirvonen      Citroen               + 0.7s
 6.  Thierry Neuville    Qatar M-Sport Ford    + 1.7s
 7.  Dani Sordo          Citroen               + 1.9s
 8.  Jarkko Nikara       Prodrive Mini         + 2.0s
 9.  Sebastien Ogier     VW                    + 2.5s
10.  Henning Solberg     M-Sport Ford          + 2.6s

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