Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia dominated the winter rally in Sweden from qualifying to three days of tricky conditions. They topped it off by taking the Power Stage win for a clean sweep.
A couple of hours before SS14, 75 per cent of the Turini roads were covered in snow and the white stuff was falling. Then it turned to rain, and the roads became a treacherous mix of snow, slush and water. Carnage ensued.
Volkswagen versus Citroen for the final battle for the Swedish Rally victory will take place tomorrow between the two 'Sebs' who were teammates last year.
The unflappable Frenchman has led since the rally’s second stage: Sebastien Loeb holds a lead over Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier by one minute and 47 seconds with one day remaining of the first FIA World Rally event in 2013.
Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team watched their ace expand his overall lead! Sebastien Ogier has the new Volkswagen Polo just 1min 34.8sec off the pace of "Seb", the champion!
Both drivers will represent the State of Qatar alongside Nasser Al- Attiyah and Mads Østberg as the quartet look to make their mark on the world stage in the M-Sport Ford.
Ogier nets hat-trick for the 3rd round of the 2013 World Rally Championship season. Hirvonen in his Citroen DS3 placed second followed by Latvala in his VW Polo R.
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The Qatar M-Sport crews proved that they could maintain their composure and keep their Ford Fiesta RS WRCs firmly on the road.
David C. Schilke, WRC correspondent