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Finland's WRC star Marcus Gr nholm finished leg one of the Uddeholm Swedish Rally on top. But his pesky nemesis, Sebasti n Loeb hogged the spotlight with a logic-defying salvation of his day's racing. After stalling during yesterdays's Super Special Stage, Loeb sprinted back to second from 21st, the Citro n pilot winding up just 12 seconds behind Gr nholm, despite treacherous winter conditions.
Swedish homeboy Norwegian Petter Solberg took third, just 11 seconds behind Loeb, with brother Henning finishing fourth in his Stobart Ford, edging out Mikko Hirvonen. That's not to say Gr nholm didn't put on a show. The Finnish farmer's boy set three fastest stage times in his BP-Ford Focus. More to come.
Swedish Rally: Leg one summary [Motorsport.com]
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