11 Feb 2012

Latvala claims early lead in Rally of Sweden

4:37 pm on 11 February 2012

Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala has the lead after the first day of the Rally of Sweden while world champion Sebastien Loeb is down in seventh place after getting his Citroen stuck in snow.

Finland's Latvala led his former team-mate and compatriot Mikko Hirvonen, now at Citroen, by 16.8 seconds after the first full day on the snow and ice-covered roads in neighbouring Norway and around the Swedish town of Karlstad.

Norway's Petter Solberg, also in a Ford, was in third place and almost 20 seconds off the pace after 10 stages while eight times world champion Frenchman Loeb, who won the Monte Carlo season-opener, had more than two minutes to make up.