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Atkinson leads Loeb in Swedish Rally

KARLSTAD, Sweden — World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Loeb finished joint second in the opening super stage of the Swedish Rally today, three tenths of a second behind Subaru’s Chris Atkinson.

Australian Atkinson completed the 2.06-kilometer circuit in one minute 6.1 seconds, just ahead of Loeb and his Citroen team-mate Petter Solberg.

Ford duo Henning Solberg and Gigi Galli were tied for fourth fastest on 1:06.7 while Andreas Mikkelsen finished in sixth place on his first outing of the year in his Ramsport-run Focus RS.

Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen recorded times of 1:07 and 1:07.2 respectively to finish seventh and eighth for BP Ford Abu Dhabi, while Suzuki’s Per-Gunnar Andersson was one tenth of a second behind in ninth. Citroen’s Urmo Aava completed the top 10 on his debut with 1:07.4.

The rally proper begins on Friday and will be Loeb, who is bidding for his fifth consecutive title, and co-driver Daniel Elena’s 100th start. E-mail to a friend

Atkinson leads Loeb in Swedish Rally – found here.


February 7, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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