Nothing between front two in battle for lead!

This morning’s four stages made no significant change to the Rally Sweden overall standings. Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen remain second, less than 20s behind the leaders.

Day two of Rally Sweden was held on stages that are very familiar to regulars at the event. Mikko Hirvonen set the second best times on SS11 and SS12 before grabbing the fastest stage time on SS13 (Fredriksberg 1). On his return to the Hagfors service park, the Finn was still 18.6s adrift of Jari-Matti Latvala.

“Our times are more or less the same. I take a second off him on one stage, and then he takes it back on the next, so the gap remains consistent,” said Mikko. “I don’t think I can push much harder, I am driving very close to the limit. This afternoon, I’ll be careful to look after my tyres. That could be a decisive point, like it was yesterday.”

Still lying seventh in the overall standings, Sébastien Loeb has closed the gap to Henning Solberg significantly, despite spinning on SS12. “There’s not much to say really, time seems to be passing a bit slowly now that I am no longer fighting for the win,” acknowledged the eight-time World Champion. “It’s still difficult to get pace right, but we have to keep going right to the end to score as many points as possible.”

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