Sweden WRC: Paddon closes the gap on Ogier, Camilli rolls

Sebastien Ogier continues to lead Rally Sweden after Saturday morning's two stages, but his cushion has shrunk to 8.8s from the charging Hayden Paddon.

Ogier kicked off the day by setting the pace on the opening stage, only to lose most than half of his lead to Paddon in the subsequent run.

The Hyundai driver was 23.7s faster than Ogier in the Vargasen stage, which featured the famous Colin Crest jump, but still ended up behind Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke.

Andreas Mikkelsen started his recovery from his mistake on Friday with two consistent stages, as the Volkswagen driver took fourth overall behind Ostberg, less than 40 seconds behind Ogier.

Ott Tanak ended up fifth followed by Dani Sordo, who dropped back to sixth after losing a minute due to a puncture in SS10.

The top eight, separated by less than two minutes, was completed by veteran Henning Solberg and debutant Craig Breen.

M-Sport's Eric Camilli was the only victim of the morning, the Frenchman rolling his car and retiring as a result.

Standings after SS12:

Pos. Driver / Co-Driver Car Time/Delay

 Sebastien Ogier

 Julien Ingrassia

VW 31m13.2s

 Hayden Paddon

 John Kennard

Hyundai 8.8s

 Mads Ostberg

 Ola Floene

Ford 28.1s

 Andreas Mikkelsen

 Anders Jaeger

VW 38.1s

 Ott Tanak

 Raigo Molder

Ford 57.8s

 Dani Sordo

 Marc Marti

Hyundai 1m40.5s

 Henning Solberg

 Ilka Minor-Petrasko

Ford 1m43.5s

 Craig Breen

 Scott Martin

Citroen 1m50.3s

 Elfyn Evans

 Craig Parry

Ford 3m36.8s

 Teemu Suninen

 Mikko Markkula

Skoda 4m05.6s
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Series WRC
Event Rally Sweden
Drivers Sébastien Ogier
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport
Article type Leg report