Tanak leads Rally Sweden into final day
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Tanak leads Rally Sweden into final day

Estonian Ott Tanak will lead Rally Sweden into the final day after finishing Saturday's penultimate leg nearly a minute clear.

The Toyota driver led Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen, in a Hyundai, and Citroen's Finnish driver Esapekka Lappi who were tied 54.5 seconds behind.

Belgian Thierry Neuville, also in a Hyundai, was a further 2.3 adrift.

Sunday's final leg involves just three stages and a total 51.3km of timed action.

Overnight leader Teemu Suninen lost more than a minute after going into a snow bank early in the day, handing the lead to Tanak. The M-Sport Ford driver later crashed into a tree and retired.

"This afternoon the grip changed at every corner and you never knew what to expect. Hopefully we can control things a bit tomorrow, but it’s never an easy ride," commented Tanak.

Six-times world champion Sebastien Ogier, winner of the Monte Carlo opener last month, returned to the fray after getting his Citroen stuck in a snow bank and retiring on Friday.

The Frenchman won three of the day's stages but was way back in 33rd place.

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