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Ford World Rally Team drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila won Rally Sweden today by 16.6sec after a tense finale to this second round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Victory in a Ford Fiesta RS World Rally Car was Ford’s sixth consecutive success at the only true winter rally of the season. It was Latvala’s second win in Sweden, and it came despite his comfortable lead being slashed when he hit a rogue rock and punctured a tyre with just two more speed tests remaining before the finish. Team-mates Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson finished fourth in another Fiesta RS WRC, losing a potential podium position when they hit the same rock, with the same outcome. It was the 50th world rally win for the Ford/M-Sport partnership since it started in 1997, and Fiesta RS WRCs filled four of the top five places.

Although temperatures were milder than normal, the snow and ice-covered roads presented a tough challenge as the mercury hovered around -10ºC. After an opening leg based mainly in Norway, the rally returned to Sweden for the final two days’ competition close to Hagfors. Drivers tackled 24 special stages covering 349.16km before this afternoon’s finish in the host city of Karlstad.

Latvala stamped his mark on the rally from the first moment, by setting fastest time in Thursday’s qualifying. It enabled the 26-year-old to select a start position well down the running order, to obtain better conditions after the loose snow was swept away. Here’s more:

Leading finishers:

Pos  Driver                   Team/Car                    Time/Gap
 1.  Jari-Matti Latvala       Ford                      3h18m28.3s
 2.  Mikko Hirvonen           Citroen                      + 16.6s
 3.  Mads Ostberg             Adapta Ford                  + 38.8s
 4.  Petter Solberg           Ford                       + 1m14.3s
 5.  Evgeny Novikov           M-Sport Ford               + 2m41.4s
 6.  Sebastien Loeb           Citroen                    + 2m55.1s
 7.  Henning Solberg          Go Fast Ford               + 3m49.5s
 8.  Patrik Sandell           Mini                       + 5m08.9s
 9.  Martin Prokop            Czech Ford                 + 5m30.0s
10.  Eyvind Brynildsen        Adapta Ford                + 6m27.2s

Other WRC finishers:

13.  Thierry Neuville         Citroen Junior            + 10m03.7s
14.  Armindo Araujo           Portugal Mini             + 13m00.9s
19.  Peter van Merksteijn Jr  Van Merksteijn Citroen    + 15m19.2s
20.  Michal Solowow           M-Sport Ford              + 16m40.2s
21.  Nasser Al-Attiyah        Qatar Citroen             + 17m10.1s
38.  Richard Goransson        Mini                    + 1h16m45.2s

An INCREDIBLE save from Thierry Neuville at Rally Sweden. Check this out!

The Lord of the Ice – 2012 Rally Sweden –

Former Peugeot driver Stephane Sarrazin will drive the Starworks team’s LMP2 class HPD in the World Endurance Championship this year. Frenchman Sarrazin was one of several top drivers left without a seat for 2012 when Peugeot suddenly withdrew from sportscar racing last month. The 37-year-old will share the ARX-03b Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio, who were part of the line-up that took Peter Baron’s squad to second place in the Daytona 24 Hours. Here’s more:

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