Snowy duel with Volkswagen teammate Latvala unfolds as Citroen’s Ostberg slips back to fourth.
World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier has eased out a 9.1s lead on the opening morning of Rally Sweden, the Frenchman winning three of the four stages so far as the rally entered the proper forests.
His VW Polo teammate, Jari-Matti Latvala, fought back on SS4 to take his first stage win of the event, but Ogier struck again on the final test before regroup.
“Maybe I’m not relaxed enough,” shrugged Latvala of his deficit to Ogier.
VW Polo one-two-three already
Andreas Mikkelsen has made it a VW one-two-three, but is already 19.6s down on Ogier.
Mads Ostberg is the first non-VW in his Citroen, and is just 2.4s behind his fellow Norwegian.
Thierry Neuville is the first Hyundai in fifth, ahead of Britons Kris Meeke (Citroen) and Elfyn Evans (Ford).
Leading positions after SS4:
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap 1. Ogier Volkswagen 31:13.9 2. Latvala Volkswagen +9.1 3. Mikkelsen Volkswagen +19.6 4. Ostberg Citroen +22.0 5. Neuville Hyundai +36.8 6. Meeke Citroen +54.0 7. Evans Ford +1:01.5 8. Tanak Ford +1:04.5 9. Kubica Ford +1:09.7 10. Prokop Ford +1:25.5