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Ott Tanak wins in Sweden to lead championship

Tanak wins in Sweden to lead championship
By Reuters

17/02/2019 at 12:37Updated 17/02/2019 at 13:40

Estonian Ott Tanak won Rally Sweden for Toyota on Sunday to take the lead in the world rally championship for the first time in his career.

Finland's Esapekka Lappi was second for Citroen, 53.7 seconds behind, with Belgian Thierry Neuville third for Hyundai and a further three seconds adrift in the second round of the season on icy and snow-covered roads.

Citroen's Sebastian Ogier, the six-times world champion who had led after winning last month's Monte Carlo Opener, lost any hope of a top 10 finish after crashing into a snow bank on Friday and retiring.

Ott Tanak and Martin Javeoja from Estonia in Toyota Yaris WRC compete during the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Sweden 2019, in Karlstad.

Ott Tanak and Martin Javeoja from Estonia in Toyota Yaris WRC compete during the FIA World Rally Championship, Rally Sweden 2019, in Karlstad.Getty Images

The Frenchman returned to salvage two points in the final power stage won by Tanak, who gained an extra five. Neuville took four and Lappi one.

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