Jari-Matti Latvala leads the Rally of Sweden. Photo: Micke Fransson/TT.

Ogier's Rally of Sweden hopes end in snowdrift

World champion Sebastien Ogier of France appears to be out of contention for winning a second successive Rally of Sweden after he lost control and drove his Volkswagen Polo into a snowdrift on Friday.

     

Ogier, the overnight leader going into Friday's second day, is back in ninth place, more than three-and-a-half minutes adrift of leader Jari-Martii Latvala, his VW stablemate, reports news agency AFP.

"That's what rallying is all about. I was fastest today, but I couldn't stop myself making such a stupic mistake," said Ogier, who had won nine of Friday's 16 special stages.

Latvala is five seconds clear at the top of the leaderboard and will take the lead in the world championship standings come the end of the rally, the second leg of the championship, on Saturday afternoon.

The Rally of Sweden takes place in Värmland and starts and ends in the city of Karlstad.

     

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