Ogier Wins The Sweden Leg Of FIA WRC 2016

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The reigning world champion, Sebastien Ogier led from the start and finished the rally a clear 29.8sec ahead. The Karlstad-based snow and ice rally has been won by Ogier in 2013 and 2015 season.

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Ogier drove his Volkswagen Polo R, claiming full points by winning the final Power Stage, the Frenchman shows he is clearly leading into the run-up to the WRC Championship after winning the inaugural Rallye Monte-Carlo.

His nearest challenger, New Zealand's Hayden Paddon driving the Hyundai i20 came second after his car had survived a late scare after hitting a wooden post just metres from the finish line of the last stage.

Ogier said, "Two wins from the first two rallies - it can't get any better. Yesterday was a little bit too crazy and I took risks like I had never done in my life, conditions were terrible at the beginning of the week but the organisers did an impressive job so that we had a good rally."

Norwegian, Mads Ostberg completed the podium in his Ford Fiesta RS, 25.8sec behind Hayden Paddon and 15.2sec ahead of Andreas Mikkelsen.

The Rally of Sweden is the only snow-ice format and every driver looks to tame it and achieve the best results. This season's leg did not spare any of the cars and its drivers.

Kiwi, Paddon had cut the lead from the leader from half-minute to 10sec, if not for him hitting a wooden post just meters before the finish line of the last stage. The hit damaged his radiator and his co-driver John Kennard had to fill the leaking hole from the liquid leak before hitting the finish line.

Story first published: Monday, February 15, 2016, 16:08 [IST]
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