Sweden WRC: Paddon closes on Ogier as Meeke crashes

Sebastian Ogier continued to hold first place at the end of Rally Sweden's Day 1, which concluded with the repeat of the three morning stages.

However, the Frenchman failed to add more stage wins to his hat-trick from the morning, as first Kris Meeke and then Hayden Paddon shone in the afternoon runs.

Meeke climbed up to the overall second place after his win in SS7 - only to retire in the following stage with a crash similar to that which had ended his victory bid in Monte Carlo.

SS8 and SS9, as such, proved Paddon's domain, the Kiwi recording his first stage wins with the new Hyundai i20 and moving up to second overall from seventh at halfway point of Day 1.

Mads Ostberg completed a consistent day to end up third, just ahead of Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo.

Andreas Mikkelsen ran wide in SS7 to suffer front-left damage and lost time, having to settle for sixth at the end of SS9.

Craig Breen completed his first day in the top WRC class in eighth, impressively going third fastest in the first test before losing time in the next stage and ending up just behind Henning Solberg.

With no mid-day service, Jari-Matti Latvala and Thierry Neuville crawled through the stages with their damaged cars, the former eventually stopping for good on the final run.

Standings after SS9:

Pos. Driver / Co-Driver Car Time/Delay
1

Sebastien Ogier

Julien Ingrassia

VW 31m13.2s
2

Hayden Paddon

John Kennard

Hyundai 26.9s
3

Mads Ostberg

Ola Floene

Ford 33.7s
4

Ott Tanak

Raigo Molder

Ford 34.8s
5

Dani Sordo

Marc Marti

Hyundai 38.2s
6

Andreas Mikkelsen

Anders Jaeger

VW 42.0s
7

Henning Solberg

Ilka Minor-Petrasko

Ford 1m36.9s
8

Craig Breen

Scott Martin

Citroen 1m38.8s
9

Eric Camilli

Nicolas Klinger

Ford 2m43.5s
10

Lorenzo Bertelli

Simone Scattolin

Ford 3m08.5s

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Series WRC
Event Rally Sweden
Drivers Sébastien Ogier , Hayden Paddon , Mads Ostberg
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport
Article type Leg report