Neuville leads day 1 of Rally Sweden

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Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville leads after day 1 of the 65th Rally Sweden comes to a close.

The Belgian leads by 28 seconds over Toyota’s Jari-Matti Latvala who led the first half of day 1. The Finns lead was short-lived when the second half of day 1 began, when Neuville set the fastest time during stage 5. Neuville along with co-driver Nicolas Gilsoul remained in front over the remaining three stages and go into the second day leading the pack.

Elsewhere Ott Tanak is the highest placed Ford driver with the Estonian finishing day one in third place, setting the fastest time during the final stage. Kris Meeke sits fourth with championship leader Sebastien Ogier in fifth place and hoping for a better two days over the weekend.

Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo lie sixth and seventh respectively, Craig Breen is eighth fastest in his new Citroen DS3, Elfyn Evans is ninth while Stephane Lefebvre rounds up the top 10.

Native driver Pontus Tidemand sits top of the WRC-2 tree with the Skoda Motorsport driver finishing the day eleventh overall, a minute outside world championship points. Tidemand has a comfortable lead of 45 seconds over M-Sport’s Teemu Suninen while Ole Christian Veiby sits third place.

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