Day two: 77.91 miles; 7 stages

Motor Sport News - - Rally Sweden | Round 02 -

Weather: over­cast/sunny -1 – -11 cel­sius Satur­day morn­ing be­longs to Tanak. The third-placed man is clos­ing on Lat­vala with fastest time on the first three stages – in­clud­ing the su­per-quick Knon test, which he wins at a stag­ger­ing 86mph av­er­age for the 20-miler. Un­for­tu­nately, that’s a bit too quick and the sec­ond run is can­celled. Lat­vala hits back with his first Satur­day scratch in Hag­fors 2, widen­ing the gap be­tween Yaris and Fi­esta to 10.3s. Both have to give best to Neuville on the day’s fi­nal stage… … Rally leader Neuville is quick­est in the sec­ond run at Var­gasen. He heads his Hyundai south to the Karl­stad su­per­spe­cial with a 43.3s lead. But that’s as far as he goes. Clip­ping the in­side of a left-han­der, the front-left wheel is ripped open and Neuville is forced to re­tire for the day. There’s more mis­ery for Meeke as he slips off the road and out of fifth place for eight min­utes in SS14. Sordo, Breen and Evans are the chief ben­e­fi­cia­ries, clos­ing the day out fourth, fifth and sixth. Pad­don overcomes a pow­er­steer­ing fault to haul his Hyundai back up the leader­board from 10th to sev­enth at the end of the day.

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