Sordo vence super especial e Kimi fica em 8o. lugar
Sordo wins Sweden superspecial
By Matt Beer Thursday, February 11th 2010, 19:33 GMT
Dani Sordo got his Rally Sweden off to an encouraging start by winning the opening superspecial in Karlstad this evening.
The Citroen number two took part in the recent Arctic Rally to improve his pace on snow, and set the fastest time on tonight's short stage by two seconds over Citroen Junior driver Sebastien Ogier.
Likely title rivals Mikko Hirvonen (Ford) and Sebastien Loeb (Citroen) took a cautious approach to the superspecial and finished third and fourth.
Returning former world champion Marcus Gronholm (Stobart Ford) holds equal fifth with Ford's second works driver Jari-Matti Latvala, while Kimi Raikkonen ended his first stage as a World Rally Championship driver in joint eighth for Citroen Junior.
The only drama among the frontrunners was a spin by Petter Solberg. The Norwegian shrugged off the incident as excessive oversteer, but will start tomorrow's full-length stages already 18s adrift of the lead.
Resultado da SS1 - Superspecial em Karlstad. Kimi em 9o. na especial e 8o. no geral
Pos Driver Car Time/Gap
1. Dani Sordo Citroen 1m31.4s
2. Sebastien Ogier Citroen + 2.0s
3. Mikko Hirvonen Ford + 2.1s
4. Sebastien Loeb Ford + 2.3s
5. Jari-Matti Latvala Ford + 2.6s
= Marcus Gronholm Ford + 2.6s
7. Matthew Wilson Ford + 3.9s
8. Kimi Raikkonen Citroen + 5.1s
= Mads Ostberg Subaru + 5.1s
10. Khalid Al Qassimi Ford + 5.2s
= P-G Andersson Skoda + 5.2s