Day two: 77.91 miles; 7 stages
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.