WRC Rally Sweden: Hirvonen just ahead of Loeb

Rally Sweden 2010 (day 2)
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N oh the eight tough Saturday exams is Loebs Behind Hirvonen now 16.6 seconds.

Hirvonen still in the lead

On the penultimate special stage, Mikko Hirvonen was even 23 seconds ahead of rival Loeb, who complained about problems with the rear tires. 'Everything was ok at the front,' said Loeb, 'but nothing worked with the rear tires, they were completely down,' said the Frenchman after the 15th special stage in Fredriksberg. At the end of the day, however, Loeb made up 6.4 seconds on Hirvonen on the special stage, so that the gap is now 16.6 seconds.

Even for Loeb's team-mate Dani Sordo things didn't go smoothly on the second day of the Rally Sweden - he had to park his C4 WRC briefly in order to take some of the snow protection in the engine area: 'I had to stop because the engine was overheating threatened - it's hard to explain, but we made a mistake on a small part of the car. ' A mistake by Sordo more than a minute behind Jari-Matti Latvala threw fourth. Sebastien Ogier lost his rear spoiler on the first stage of the day, but was able to maintain fifth place at the end of the day, almost three minutes behind the leader.

Ford driver Henning Solberg and his co-driver Ilka Minor are sixth. Ex-world champion Marcus Grönholm was able to record a surprising victory on SS14, but is more than 22 minutes behind in 29th place in the overall standings. Kimi Räikkönen improved from 47th to 35th. Five more exams are scheduled for Sunday.


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